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.