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.