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PREVIEW: Newcastle Town (A)

It’s a long-awaited return to Staffordshire and the home of Newcastle Town. The last time a Rams travelled there, in August, 2009, they returned on the back of a 5-0 thrashing, a worrying start for the new managerial duo of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.

Fortunately, they appear to have recovered from that nightmare debut pretty well!

The current Rams side travel down in the hope of gaining three more important League points as they target the six teams above them in what is becoming a fascinating campaign.

The hoists currently sit in 13th place with 31 points from their 25 games, but enjoyed an excellent away win at Trafford (where the Rams venture on Saturday), by two goals to nil, so will be in confident mood as they return home.

The Rams managed to sneak in a late winner on Saturday at home to a stubborn Colwyn Bay side, and are still to taste defeat on their travels in league fixtures under Chris Willcock.

The last three league games have been won by a margin of 12 goals to nil, with that excellent FA Trophy tie with AFC Fylde sandwiched in between.

No injury or suspension worries, with the exception of the long absence of Nialle Rodney, so a selection headache of the right sort for the boss as the Rams hope to return home with another valuable three point haul.

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PREVIEW: AFC Fylde (A)

Ramsbottom United travel to the Fylde coast for this the latest instalment of “The biggest game in the club’s history”!

The two sides battled the conditions at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium last Tuesday and produced a magnificent game of football that will long live in the memory of the 743 supporters who turned out on a miserable night.

They were certainly rewarded as the Rams twice came from two goals down to eventually take the lead before a late equaliser from the visitors saw the game end 5-5, with much attention around the footballing world focussed on it.

The Rams have now scored sixteen goals in their last three matches, although the momentum was thwarted on Saturday when their home game in the League against Newcastle Town was postponed due to the state of the pitch.

AFC Fylde, meanwhile, undertook the long trip to Maidstone United and returned with a point as the log-jam at the top of the National League shows no sign of evaporating.

So both teams will regard this Trophy replay as something they could have done without, as promotion remains the main aim, but the prestige of a run in the FA’s biggest non-league knock-out tournament has certainly raised the stakes with the possibility of a home match against either Carshalton Athletic or recent Football League side Barnet awaiting the winner in the Quarter-Final.

Whatever the result tomorrow, this Ramsbottom United team deserves all the plaudits for smashing through the club’s records, and a healthy following is expected at Mill Farm for a game that, should it be half as good as the one last week, will be well worth watching.

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PREVIEW: AFC Fylde (H)

After the disappointing postponement due to snow and ice on Saturday, it’s fingers crossed that the game can go ahead although concerns over the state of the pitch mean that there will be an inspection on Tuesday lunch-time.

The winners of the tie will host the winners of the Carshalton Athletic v Barnet replay in the quarter final of non-league’s most prestigious knock-out competition.

The Rams are in fine form. Having famously knocked out higher league opposition Weymouth on the south coast in the last round, the two subsequent league games have seen the team victorious by the high margins of 5-0 and 6-0, and although the opponents are from the top tier of non-league football, the team will be relishing the challenge.

And quite a challenge it will be. AFC Fylde are currently riding high in the National League as they chase the target set by owner David Haythornthwaite when he took over the then-named Kirkham and Wesham in 2007, of reaching the Football League by 2022.

Many scoffed at the suggestion, but they now have three years to gain that final promotion to lead them into the EFL, after racing through the leagues from the early days of the West Lancs League.

The odds are very much in favour of the visitors to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, but cup football has a habit of producing shock results.

Can this be one of them?

We’ll have to wait and see and hope that the town of Ramsbottom gets behind it’s local side.

If the tie is level after 90 minutes, there will be a replay at AFC Fylde the following Tuesday.


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JANUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH!

The Ramsbottom United supporters have cast their votes for the club’s Player-of-the-Month for what was a busy January.

A rare league defeat on the opening day at home to fellow-promotion seekers Atherton Collieries, gradually saw an improvement in form.

A 1-1 draw with another top end side Leek Town, was followed by a memorable FA Trophy game against high-flying Southern League side Weymouth. A last gasp equaliser at the harry Williams Riverside Stadium, saw the Rams complete a 550 mile round trip on the following Tuesday, to come home triumphant after a memorable 3-1 win in front of seventeen of those die-hard supporters.

Two big wins (5-0 at Glossop and 6-0 at home to Skelmersdale) followed to end the month on a high note. Judged the best performer of an excellent month for the team, was midfield star EDDIE MORAN, and he was presented with his trophy and case of beer from the League Drinks sponsor BOWLAND BREWERY.

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MATCH OFF (Sat 9/2)

Today's match vs Newcastle Town has been called off due to a Waterlogged pitch
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THE RAMS – POETRY IN MOTION!

It would seem that Ramsbottom United’s record-breaking run in the FA Trophy has registered in some unlikely places.

Reaching the Third Round proper (last 16) has really caught the imagination, as the east Lancashire club is the only representative of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League still in contention for a trip to Wembley should a place in the final be realised.

Before that, there is the little matter of a game against AFC Fylde, three divisions higher and chasing a place in the Football League.

So the game at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Saturday (2nd February) really is a David v Goliath contest, with the Rams hoping to produce a cup shock and gain a place in the quarter-finals.

The previous round (the furthest the club had ever reached) saw Southern League big boys Weymouth make the long journey north. Expecting to return home triumphant, the Dorset side were stung by a last gasp equaliser by the Rams which necessitated a 550 mile round trip to Weymouth the following Tuesday for the replay.

More in hope than expectation, a fearless band of seventeen supporters made the arduous trip to support the team, and returned joyfully with a 3-1 victory under their belts, much to the disapproval of the frustrated home fans. Hence the game against AFC Fylde.

Inspired by the progress made by “Little ol’ Rammy”, a local poet promised that should the team win on the south coast, he would pen a special tribute in the form of a poem dedicated to the club.

Following the fine win, that’s exactly what PAUL JENKINS did.

Here's what Paul said regarding writing the poem: “Sometimes my job is just BRILLIANT and Saturday was no exception. To big up the club in anticipation of what’s arguably one of Ramsbottom United’s biggest ever games (vs AFC Fylde FA Trophy 3rd round - it’s a BIG deal) I was invited down to the Riverside to scribe a new piece. Such an honour to be asked to write for something right at the very centre of our town's community.

“Here’s the result - a tribute to those who brave the cold each week to watch people who aren’t earning millions and surprisingly don’t spend 90 minutes rolling around on the floor.

“If you’re local to Rammy - come on down and show your support next Saturday 2nd Feb at 3pm. Let’s pack the place out!”



Have you not heard the poem? Find it below




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NEW SIGNING: Tom Schofield signs for the Rams

RAMS STRENGTHEN SQUAD FOR PROMOTION PUSH

Having enjoyed a record-breaking run in the FA Trophy, where, after twelve matches the Rams eventually exited the competition at AFC Fylde, the attention at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium now focuses on promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

With fourteen games to go between now and the end of April, manager Chris Willcock has strengthened his squad with the addition of 28 year old midfield player TOM SCHOFIELD.

He arrives from Trafford FC, although he has also played a number of games this season for Congleton Town.

His previous clubs include Colwyn Bay, Curzon Ashton and Witton Albion, so Schofield has plenty of experience at this level, and will be available for the trip to Newcastle Town on Tuesday evening, hoping to help push the club into a promotion spot in what is becoming a very congested top end of Evo-Stik West division.



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PREVIEW: Colwyn Bay (H)

Well what an entertaining ride the FA Trophy proved to be.

12 matches and over 1500 miles covered saw the Rams break all club records by reaching the last 16 (or 10 if you prefer coming into the replay) of the nationwide competition before bravely bowing out at EFL-chasing AFC Fylde on Tuesday night.

It’s been a great and profitable venture which will live in the memory for many years to come. But now, it’s a case of re-focussing back to the competition we all strived to win as we began the current campaign last August – The Evo-Stik West League.

This is the bread-and-butter, and minds now need to concentrate on making up the ground lost through the cup games.

Now lying in 8th position, games in hand could mean the Rams shooting into the play-off places, and a return to league action starts at the HWRS on Saturday when mid-table Colwyn Bay come to town.

Sitting below the Rams in tenth place, the Welshmen have played four games more, and, unusually, have a better away record than home. Five wins on their own soil compare to six on their travels, so they are obviously unaffected by the lengthy trips they have to make.

For the Rams, it’s a case of rolling up the sleeves and taking their recent fine league run further.

Amazingly, the Rams last league games have seen them win 6-0 against Skelmersdale and 5-0 away at Glossop, which is exactly the same score-line that the Bay won by at Glossop last Saturday.

Let’s hope for a bumper crowd as the players certainly deserve the backing of the town, and a three point haul will be most welcome as we look to an entertaining and possibly nail-biting last ten weeks of the season.


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GAME ON TONIGHT vs AFC FYLDE!

GAME ON! The pitch has passed its preliminary inspection but with rain forecast this afternoon the match referee will do a further inspection about 5pm to confirm that the pitch is still fit.
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PREVIEW: Skelmersdale United (H)

Ahead of the much-anticipated FA Trophy game at home to AFC Fylde, there’s a little matter of league action as the Rams welcome Skelmersdale United to the HWRS.

The top of the table is becoming rather congested, which is making for a fascinating campaign. Atherton Collieries currently sit aloft with up to nine clubs chasing them. One of course, is Ramsbottom United in amongst the challenging bunch, and currently sitting in eighth place but with games in hand over most of the sides.

On paper, this is a home banker, for old foes Skem, are experiencing troubled times.

Kicked out of their ground and sharing with Prescot Cables, events on the pitch are just as depressing. The famous old club have won just one league game all season, and sit adrift of the pack on bottom spot with just nine points, looking almost inevitably like relegation certainties.

However, these are the “banana-skin” games, where complacency can often come back to bite.

Such could have been the case at struggling Glossop North End last weekend, but manager Chris Willcock ensured that no such downfall would become the team, and they returned from Derbyshire on the back of an impressive, and well-deserved 5-0 win.

Such a performance at home would be welcomed as the battle for promotion looks like extending to the very last day of the season. Goal difference may well come into the equation, and Ruben Jerome will be available again having served the last of his three match suspension last Saturday.

The Rams enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture in November, and a similar outcome this Saturday would do no harm to the team’s confidence ahead of the Trophy game.