PREVIEW: Trafford (A)

It’s back to the place where the Rams record-breaking FA Trophy run began, Trafford FC, this time for a League fixture.

On that day in October, with new manager Chris Willcock just installed, the home side took the lead in the opening minutes, leaving the Rams supporters fearing that a run in the Trophy would fizzle out at the first attempt, as was the case with the FA Cup.

However, as the game wore on, the visitors took control and eventually came away with a 2-1 victory to begin the epic run.

Less than three weeks earlier, under Mark Fell’s reign, the west Manchester side had returned home from the HWRS with all three points courtesy of a 1-0 league victory, and games between these two old foes have a habit of ending in either draws or narrow victories for either side.

So it will be interesting go see how the game goes this time, as the Rams are, well, ram-pant at the moment with four successive league victories, scoring 18 goals in the process and conceding none.

The latest triumph was in midweek at Newcastle Town, when a return to east Lancashire was accompanied by all three points after a scintillating 6-0 mauling of the Staffordshire outfit.

The same outfit that three days earlier had made the same journey that the Rams are doing on Saturday, to Trafford, from where they left with a precious 2-0 win.

Does that point to an easy win for Ramsbottom?

This is football, and anything can happen.

Trafford will still be smarting from that defeat, and a reasonably local derby may be just what they need to return to winning ways.

Ramsbottom United, on the other hand, will travel full of confidence on the back of their excellent run and late challenge for at least a play-off spot.

It looks like a fascinating game in prospect, and a good support from the Rams faithful could help to swing the game in favour of the visiting team.

A glorious, sunny day is forecast.

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!