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PREVIEW: Workington (H)

The Evo-Stik League’s last two survivors will battle it out to the death on Tuesday night at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium in an attempt to progress to the 2nd Round Proper of non-league’s biggest knock-out competition.

For the Rams, it is an opportunity to create history, as they are currently the farthest they have ever been in the Trophy, having previously lost to Stockport County at this stage in 2014.

Should the homesters overcome another former Football League side in Workington, then not only will it create history for the Rams, but it would see them as the League’s sole representatives amongst a strong contingent of teams from the top of the non-league pyramid.

The 0-0 draw up in Cumbria on a wicked afternoon on Saturday set up this replay, and better conditions will be hoped for from both sides.

Despite drawing away, the Cumbrians must start as slight favourites, coming from the Division above, but the Rams are in a good run of form and will go into the game full of confidence.

As is often said, cup ties are one off games, and it’ll all be down to who has the attitude and commitment on the night to make progress,

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then there will be extra time, and, if required, a penalty shoot-out would ensure we have a winner on the night.

The winners will face Weymouth FC at home in the next round.

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Club Of The Month

When new boss Chris Willcock took over in early October, he immediately went about reshaping a team that was 14th in the Division and the new look side went on a terrific thirteen game unbeaten run.

Three successive away league victories during November against Skelmersdale United, Prescot Cables and Colwyn Bay hoisted them up to fourth spot in the table, whilst two away draws in the FA Trophy at Yaxley and Pickering Town, allowed the club’s only two home games during the month to end with victories in the replays sending the Rams on to the FA Trophy 1st round proper.

An engraved permanent momento will be presented to the club on behalf of the League’s major sponsor, Bostik, at a date to be confirmed.

A statement from the league read “May I congratulate the Club, Manager and players on this award”

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PREVIEW: Runcorn Linnets (H)

An intriguing tie at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium as seventh placed Ramsbottom United host second in the league Runcorn Linnets.

Linnets are the club that rose out of the ashes of former Conference League side Runcorn FC, and after a number of years, finally escaped the clutches of the North West Counties League, where the newly-formed club were placed, last April as they clinched that hard-to-attain single promotion spot.

With a healthy support, the Linnets have settled into the higher league like a duck to water, and should provide a stern test for the ever-improving Rams, whose victory on Tuesday against Pickering Town in the FA Trophy was their thirteenth game in an impressive unbeaten run.

Runcorn are undefeated at home in the league, but on their travels have tasted defeat four times, whilst returning home victorious on the other five occasions.

Both sides will be focussed on those promotion places, and three points tomorrow would be a welcome boost for whoever manages to grind out a result.

An entertaining game looks to be on the cards, and the hope is that the missing Rammy fans, who had deserted the club during the reign of Mark Fell, will come back to witness what, if recent performances are anything to go by, some quality football from a Rams side that has quickly gelled under new boss Chris Willcock, and is producing the sort of attacking football that deserves bigger numbers coming through the gates.

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October Player of the Month - Nialle Rodney

PLAYER OF THE Month at Ramsbottom United for October, as voted for by the supporters, is newcomer NIALLE RODNEY.

Niall, who joined the club shortly after new Manager Chris Willcock, arrived from Wythenshaw Amateurs, having previously played in the Football League for Nottingham Forest and Bradford City.

In his three games during the month of October, he quickly made his presence felt, notching three goals, and he has become a firm favourite at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

He received his prize courtesy of Bowland Brewery, the Evo-Stik League’s Player-of-the-Month sponsor, before the FA Trophy replay against Yaxley, and within three minutes of the kick-off, put the Rams ahead from the penalty spot, on the way to a crushing 5-1 victory.

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LIVE BLOG: Workington (H)

Our match blog for tonight's FA Trophy replay with Workington is below

The blog will start with Adam Clark at around 6.45pm tonight!

If for some reason you're having issues accessing the blog, please contact us via the club facebook page.

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November Player of the Month

Ramsbottom United’s Player of the Month for November, as voted for by the supporters, was left-winger NIC EVANGELINOS.

Nic joined the club in October having played for National League side Ashton United, and has had quite an impact on the new-look Rams team.

In his ten appearances for the club he has notched seven goals, and quickly established himself as a fans favourite. He was presented with his award and a case of beer from the Evo-Stik League’s beer sponsors, Bowland Brewery, ahead of the home game against Runcorn Linnets last Saturday.

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PREVIEW: Pickering Town (H) - FA Trophy Replay

After a hard-fought 0-0 draw in north Yorkshire on Saturday, these two Evo-Stik League sides, one from each of the East and West Divisions, will fight it all out again on Tuesday evening at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, with a slightly delayed 8.00pm kick-off.

The Rams are currently on a twelve match unbeaten run, with eleven since the arrival of new manager Chris Willcock, whilst Pickering themselves have only tasted defeat once in the last nine outings.

So both sides come into this one in good form, and despite the score-line on Saturday, it was a well-contested end-to-end match that could have gone either way.

The Rams are the only side still in the competition from the Evo-Stik West league and will be hoping to carry the flag into the next round as the sole representatives.

Any assumption that the easy part has already been done (drawing away and bringing them home) can be dispelled, as the “Pikes” have a better record on the road, so the Rams will have to be on top of their game to make progress.

Luke Thompson returns having completed a one-match ban following his sending off in the League game at Colwyn Bay. Red card suspensions do not apply to any specific competition, however, which is why he had to serve his ban seven days later, irrespective of the competition.

The prize for the winning side is the long trip to Workington, which I suspect would not have been high on the list of anticipated ties for either side, but it is what it is, and the Reds are not having the best of seasons one tier higher, so who knows.

Cup football can be very unpredictable!

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PREVIEW: Kidsgrove (A)

Ramsbottom United travel down the M6 for the second time this season to take on Kidsgrove Athletic, this time in the League. The last venture in August was for an FA Cup tie, under the guidance of former manager Mark Fell, when, having drawn 1-1, the Rams fancied their chances at home in the replay. However, a missed penalty in normal time, followed by more during the eventual penalty shoot-out, saw the Staffordshire side progress at the Rams expense.

Now with new management team and squad in place, it’s a return on a revenge mission in the hope of removing the memory of the team’s first defeat in fourteen matches last Saturday in the controversial reversal against Runcorn Linnets.

As a result of the debatable refereeing, Ramsbottom will be without Kyle Jacobs and Kieran Lugsden, who both must now sit out the next three first team matches.

However, the Rams travel to a team which is so far undefeated on the road in league matches, but have only won once in seven on their home patch, drawing and losing three apiece.

Having been declared the Evo-Stik West club of the month for November, this is an opportunity to put that defeat behind them and begin another impressive run as three league points are on offer before we return to the FA Trophy with a trip to Workington next Saturday.

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LIVE BLOG: Yaxley (H)

Our match blog for tonight's FA Trophy tie with Yaxley is below

The blog will start with Adam Clark at around 7pm tonight!

If for some reason you're having issues accessing the blog, please contact us via the club facebook page.

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PREVIEW: Pickering Town (A) - FA Trophy

Having successfully seen off Southern League side Yaxley in the 2nd Qualifying round replay, the Rams head off to north Yorkshire for the 3rd Qualifying round tie at Evo-Stik East side Pickering Town.

Confidence will be high after the 5-1 hammering of the Cambridgeshire side on Tuesday, and once more, as well as making progress on the field, another useful cash windfall is on offer as the Rams meet their opponents for the first time.

Out of the side is Luke Thompson, suspended after his dismissal at Colwyn Bay last week, whilst Joel Bembo-Leta, Jamie Rainford and Kelvin Lugsden are all cup-tied. However, such is the strength of this new-look Rammy squad, their absence should easily be covered and a strong side is guaranteed to take the field against a side whose home league record this season is disappointing.

Currently sitting in 13th spot in the equivalent league east of the Pennines, Town have lost four and won just one at their Recreation Club home, whilst the Rams are currently on an eleven game unbeaten run. But, as with all cup games, form can fly out of the window, so the Rammy fans can do their bit to support the lads by turning up in numbers.

A coach will leave the ground at 10.15 on Saturday morning and the fare is the usual £12, which represents excellent value for the 200 mile round trip.

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PREVIEW: Yaxley (H) - FA Trophy Replay

Southern League strugglers Yaxley make the long journey up to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Tuesday for the replay of this 2nd Qualifying round FA Trophy tie, after the two teams drew in Cambridgeshire last Tuesday.

The Rams know just what a journey it is between the two clubs, and Yaxley will certainly not be relishing the trip, especially on their current form which sees them sitting just outside the relegation places.

The Rams on the other hand, are now on a ten game unbeaten run, and the latest victory at Colwyn Bay on Saturday strengthened their fourth place position in Division One West.

The turnaround since Chris Willcock came in as manager has been quite amazing, and a run in the trophy not only builds this new look squads’ confidence, but also bolsters the club’s finances.

Pickering Town await the winners on Saturday, a ridiculously late decision for the north Yorkshire club, not helped by the intransigence of the FA regarding the complications behind this particular tie.

So whilst the Rams will go into the game looking to make progress, the visitors will be hoping to make the return journey to Peterborough as short as possible, and, amazingly, a return home with a victory usually does that. The Rams need to beware!

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, there will be an additional 30 minutes of extra time, followed if necessary by penalties, as the tie must be concluded on the night.


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