PREVIEW: Pontefract Collieries (A)

In a week where our hearts go out to everyone connected with our close League neighbours, Bury, their expulsion from the EFL is sure to have ramifications with regards to the ownership of the club and the failure of the EFL to oversee just what has gone on at Gigg Lane over recent years.

We shall keep a close eye on future developments as Ramsbottom United wishes everyone at the club a rosier future, whatever the final outcome.

In the meantime, the Rams hope to keep up their unbeaten start to the season as they travel over the Pennines into West Yorkshire to take on Pontefract Collieries.

Three league wins, allied to an exciting 3-3 draw in the FA Cup against Winsford United, sees the team level at the top of the Division, one of only three clubs with maximum points.

Pontefract are mid-table having won one at home and drawing one and losing one away. This week the long drawn-out loan deal to bring in Josh Hmami from TNS was finally complete, and the highly rated youngster, a member of the current Welsh Premier League champions’ first team squad, will come into contention after the rather low-key win over Trafford on Bank Holiday Monday.

Early days yet, of course, and whilst the table placings mean very little at this stage, such a start to the season invariably brings confidence, and that will be in no short supply as the Rams travel along the M62, with the intention of bringing back all three points as they come back to Lancashire