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REPORT: Ramsbottom United 0-1 Walshaw Sports

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0 WALSHAW SPORTS 1

TUESDAY 17th JULY 2018

PRE SEASON FRIENDLY @ BOLTON ARENA

Report by Adam Clark

Ramsbottom United took to the field on Tuesday evening for the second time this pre-season, Rammy boss Mark Fell has worked hard in getting this pre-season game on as many clubs around the local area have been having pitch issues due to the warm weather we’ve been having.

This game was played at Bolton Arena next to the Macron Stadium, the Rams took to the field against Walshaw Sports a team from the 7th tier of non-league football. The last time we have these two teams playing on record was on the 19th November 1994 in the Whitbread Cup – The Rams winning that one 2-0.

1st HALF

The Rams started brightly in the first twenty minutes of the game shots from Jerome Wright & Dominic Marie were blocked by Walshaw ‘keeper Josh Dalton. Walshaw went 1-0 up two minutes before the half hour mark, Former Rammy man Carl Lomax ran through on goal and slotted home into the bottom corner of the net.

HALF TIME: RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0 WALSHAW SPORTS 1

2nd HALF

Wholesale changes were made throughout the second half – it was actually hard to work out who was on the pitch. Rammy’s best chance to level the scores came in the first and only minute of second half stoppage time when Ryan Ellison brother of Kevin was fouled in the box by a Walshaw defender. Ryan brushed himself down and took the penalty but it was saved well by Walshaw keeper Josh Dalton. Not a great night for the Rams but credit to Walshaw Sports they came with a plan to win the game and it certainly worked and were the better side on the night.

FULL TIME: RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0 WALSHAW SPORTS 1

TEAMS

Ramsbottom United Starting Eleven: Sam Ashton, Rob Henry, Luke Thompson, Trialist, Phil Dean, Tom Kennedy, Trialist, Luke Jordan, Jerome Wright, Dominic Marie, Lee Gaskell.

Subs included: Nicolae Stinca (who played second half in goal), Dean Stott, Ryan Ellison, Harry Foulds, Jamie Rother, Tom Brooks & four trialists.

Walshaw Sports Starting Eleven: Josh Dalton, Marc Duffy, Joe Newton, Ash Oprah, Lee Chapman, Peter Gallacher, Josh Alexander, Greg Wills, Carl Lomax, Adam Nutall, Martin Love.

Subs included: Sailm Yasser, Robin Greenwood, Connor Gatley, Ollie Hafield-Barton plus trialists.

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Additional Match Reporter Needed

We're looking to add another match reporter to our team. If you're interested in writing a few match reports for games this season, let us know. Send us a tweet, drop us a facebook message or send us an email if your interested.
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FA Cup & FA Trophy draw news

Ramsbottom United are out of luck when it comes to the FA Cup and FA Trophy early rounds. In The FA CUP, The Rams enter at the preliminary Round stage on Saturday 25th August with a trip down the M6 to fellow- Evo-Stik West side Kidsgrove Athletic. In the Preliminary Round of the FA TROPHY, it’s a tough tie away at the winners of the previous round Trafford or Colne, with the game taking place on Saturday 13th October.
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RAMS BACK FOR PRE-SEASON TRAINING

Ramsbottom United’s players returned for pre-season training on Saturday 30th June, and spent an exhaustive five hours ahead of the up-coming season in the newly constituted Evo-Stik West League, the fourth tier of non-league football. As well as a number of last season’s players, including Jerome Wright, Greg Daniels, Sam Ashton, Jamie Rother, Ryan Ellison and Tom Brooks, manager Mark Fell began his recruiting for the new campaign with the addition of two new signings, although one of them is well known to the supporters. Fell was delighted to announce the permanent transfer of Luke Jordan from Morecambe FC. The 19 year old, Burnley based winger impressed in a loan spell at the Riverside at the end of last season, making 11 appearances scoring 1 goal. Rams boss Mark Fell, entering his third season with the club, was impressed with the Burnley based youngster during his stay at the Riverside. “Luke undoubtedly has the potential to light up this league, his pace is unreal and his delivery into the box from wide areas is excellent. As with any young player, there are areas we will have to work on but he’s got the capacity to learn. This is a lad who has played Football League games and he’s got every chance of working his way back up the pyramid. He needs to be playing men’s football week in week out and we’re a good platform for him to do that whilst still in a really professional environment” Ramsbottom United have also added their first new face of the summer with the signing of defender Rob Henry from Lancaster City. The 29 year old, Preston based full back is an experienced Evo-Stik defender with experience of winning the 1st division with Lancaster in 2016/17. The former Kendal, Bamber Bridge, Leek and Chorley player started his career in the academy at Burnley and works as a teacher and coach at Myerscough College and Preston North End. “I worked with Rob a lot when we were at Preston together” said Manager Mark Fell. “He’s experienced, knows the division inside out and what it takes to do well in it. Last season we were naive at times and I wanted to bring in a few players who could have an influence over the younger lads and Instil that winning mentality. The fact we took points off 5 of the top 7 yet lost away from home at the bottom 6 speaks volumes and I’ve got to put things in place to prevent that.” Jordan and Luke trained with the squad on Saturday as they returned from their summer break, along with several other new faces, and more announcements are due on Monday. A number of Rams players from last season are away on their holidays, but should be joining up with the squad over the next few days, as pre-season training kicks in ahead of the first pre-season friendly against former Rams’ bosses Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson’s new charges, Chester FC, on Tuesday 10th July with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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Fixture Change Due To The FA Trophy

FIXTURE NEWS: Our scheduled game with Widnes FC on September 29th has been postponed due to Widnes' involvement in the FA Trophy on that date. New date is to be confimed in due course.

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Dominic Marie signs for the Rams.

Ramsbottom United has further bolstered their 18/19 squad with the addition of Dominic Marie. The 23 year old striker arrives from Hyde where he won promotion last season. The 6ft 3 frontman was plucked from Winsford as a teenager to sign for Halifax and has also had spells with Marine and Prescot before helping Hyde achieve a place in the Evo-Stik premier division last term. Rams boss Mark Fell was pleased to welcome the forward to the club and indicated that this wouldn’t be the end of the summer signings; “We’re still actively recruiting and are very close to at least one other major signing. Dom has fantastic attributes and has scored goals at this level and above, we’ve been without a real pacey number 9 for a while now and in Dom we think we’ve found the answer. He’s very professional in his approach and dedicated, he needs to settle at a club and get his head down, we think he’s going to be a great addition” Rams fans will get their first glimpse of Marie when he is expected to feature against Chester next Tuesday night in a pre-season friendly.
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Rams launch 18/19 kits

Ramsbottom United are delighted to launch their new home and away kits for the 2018/19 season. In partnership with Kappa the new kits were modelled on the first day of preseason by Greg Daniels (in Red), Sam Ashton and Jerome Wright(in Blue) with Ramsbottom’s famous Peel Tower in the backdrop. The home kit, from the Kappa pro Tanio range is a revert back to the clubs slightly darker shade of Royal, with traditional blue shorts and white socks. The away is a split red and black shirt from Kappas Mareto range and the goalkeeper the traditional green home with a pink away kit. All shirts are available to purchase from the club shop on match days or online via https://proequipsport.co.uk/product-category/club-shop/ramsbottom-united-fc/

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Friendly Wanted this Tuesday

We had arranged a first team away friendly for Tuesday but it looks like the hot weather will rule it out, so if anyone else is able to host us on Tuesday please get in touch ASAP.

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2018/19 fixtures announced

The Rams fixtures for the 2018/19 season have today been announced

We welcome Evo-Stik League newcomers Market Drayton Town on August 18th at 3pm

We play local-rivals Radcliffe: At Home on 26th December & Away on 22nd April

Also our other rivals Atherton Colls we face them at Home on August Bank Holiday Monday & Away on New Years Day

The Final Day of the Season will be a home game with Kidsgrove Athletic

Full Fixtures Below:

Sat Aug 18 Market Drayton Town H

Tue Aug 21 Colne A

Sat Aug 25 Kidsgrove Athletic A (Emirates FA Cup Prelim)

Mon Aug 27 Atherton Collieries H

Sat Sep 1 Mossley A

Sat Sep 8 Emirates FA Cup 1Q

Tue Sep 11 Kendal Town H

Sat Sep 15 Leek Town A

Wed Sep 19 Integro Cup 1

Sat Sep 22 Clitheroe H or Emirates FA Cup 2Q

Tue Sep 25 Trafford H

Sat Sep 29 Widnes A

Tue Oct 2 Prescot Cables A

Sat Oct 6 Chasetown H or Emirates FA Cup 3Q

Sat Oct 13 Buildbase FA Trophy Prelim

Sat Oct 20 Glossop North End H or Emirates FA Cup 4Q

Sat Oct 27 Buildbase FA Trophy 1Q

Wed Oct 31 Integro Cup 2

Sat Nov 3 Skelmersdale United A

Sat Nov 10 Newcastle Town H or Emirates FA Cup 1/ Buildbase FA Trophy 2Q

Sat Nov 17 Colwyn Bay A

Sat Nov 24 Droylsden A or Buildbase FA Trophy 3Q

Sat Dec 1 Runcorn Linnets H or Emirates FA Cup 2

Wed Dec 5 Integro Cup 3

Sat Dec 8 Kidsgrove Athletic A

Sat Dec 15 Colne H or Buildbase FA Trophy 1

Sat Dec 22 Market Drayton Town A

Wed Dec 26 Radcliffe H

Tue Jan 1 Atherton Collieries A

Sat Jan 5 Leek Town H or Emirates FA Cup 3

Sat Jan 12 Clitheroe A Buildbase FA Trophy 2

Sat Jan 19 Glossop North End A

Sat Jan 26 Skelmersdale United H or Emirates FA Cup 4

Wed Jan 30 Integro Cup 4

Sat Feb 2 Newcastle Town A or Buildbase FA Trophy 3

Sat Feb 16 Colwyn Bay H or Emirates FA Cup 5

Sat Feb 23 Trafford A or Buildbase FA Trophy 4

Sat Mar 2 Widnes H

Sat Mar 16 Chasetown A or Emirates FA Cup 6 / Buildbase FA Trophy Semi-Final (1)

Sat Mar 23 Prescot Cables H or Buildbase FA Trophy Semi-Final (2)

Sat Mar 30 Runcorn Linnets A

Sat Apr 6 Droylsden H or Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final

Wed Apr 10 Integro Cup Final

Sat Apr 13 Kendal Town A

Sat Apr 20 Mossley H

Mon Apr 22 Radcliffe A

Sat Apr 27 Kidsgrove Athletic H

Sat May 18 Emirates FA Cup Final

Sun May 19 Buildbase FA Trophy Final
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Goalkeeper Coach Needed!

We have a vacancy for a new goalkeeper coach, Job descrption is below... It will be an Immediate start All enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07736037607
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Prestwich Heys Pre Season Friendly!

We’ve been notified today that Prestwich Heys pitch will not be ready for our scheduled game on the 14th July, therefore we are looking for an away game on that date. Any interested parties please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks.

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Tom Kennedy signs for the Rams

Ramsbottom United are delighted to secure the signing of Tom Kennedy. The 32 year old arrives with over 400 football league games behind him for the likes of Bury, Rochdale, Leicester City and Barnsley. Last season he helped Bangor City to runners up spot in the Welsh Premier League.

A left full back by trade, but equally comfortable in a central midfield role, Greenmount-based Tom put pen to paper as he joined up with his new teammates at last night’s training session and Rams boss Mark Fell believes the capture to be a significant one.

“We wanted some more streetwise experience, we wanted a couple of real leaders to support us through tight games, and we wanted players who have a passion and desire for success, Tom meets every criteria. I met him a few weeks ago and was impressed with his attitude and outlook to the game, getting a player of this calibre is a major coup for this football club, I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Tom also spoke of the reasons why he chose the Rams for his summer move, “I’d made the decision that I was coming out of full time football at the end of last season and starting a new career, but I’ve still the hunger to play. Rammy is local for me, it’s a good standard and when I met the gaffer his plans were clear. I’m looking forward to getting pre-season under my belt and helping the club progress ultimately back the Evo-Stik Premier Division.”



Ramsbottom United manager Mark Fell (left) welcomes new signing Tom Kennedy.
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Pre Season: Fixture Update

On Saturday 14th July, We should have been travelling to Prestwich Heys but as their pitch won't be ready the game was called off. We will now instead travel to Burscough on that date with an 11am kick-off
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Dream move for former Ram

A player who briefly played for Ramsbottom United last season has secured a dream move to Scottish Premier League newcomers, St. Mirren. Josh Heaton started his career at Preston North End, but was released in the summer of 2016. In his ten years at Preston, he also had loan spells at Tamworth and Colne. He then joined Droylsden and Stalybridge Celtic before switching to Bamber Bridge last summer. He also played for Darlington in pre- season, but a proposed move broke down because of injury. In October last year, he moved on to Ramsbottom United in the EvoStik North, where he made three appearances, scoring twice. The Quakers had kept their eyes on him, and he soon moved on from the HWRS to join National League North Darlington. The Scottish top flight newcomers had obviously been monitoring his progress, and have now secured his services for £75000.