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MATCH PREVIEW: Leek Town v Rams

Preview by Tony Cunningham

The Rams travel down to north Staffordshire for the first ever meeting between Ramsbottom United and Leek Town.

Leek, at one time members of the non-league elite, Conference League, have struggled in recent years, having suffered financially during their time at the top of the pyramid, but have settled at level four over the previous few years, albeit in the previously split Southern section of the Evo-Stik League.

The home side sit in 9th position, having taken seven points from their opening four games. Two away wins, with a draw and a defeat at home.

The Rams sit just higher in the league in seventh spot having played a game more, but having acquired an additional three points.

Greg Daniels is still some way off fitness, having undergone a scan this week, but otherwise, the Rams should be at full strength for what should prove to be quite a test for the Lancastrians.

For the Rammy fans who have never been before, Leek’s Harrison park is a fine non-league stadium, and the trip should prove to be an enjoyable, and hopefully successful one.

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TRANSFER NEWS: Luke Jordan heads for Chester

Ramsbottom United can confirm that winger Luke Jordan has agreed terms with National League North side Chester FC. The 19 year old joined the Rams on loan from Morecambe last season before making a permanent switch in the summer. His strong start to the season hadn’t gone un-noticed by clubs higher up the pyramid and former managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley made an approach to speak to the player after Tuesday’s FA Cup game against Kidsgrove.

Luke played 16 games for the Rams scoring once, despite the move to Chester, Ramsbottom United will retain his Evo-Stik league registration as he can be dual registered with a National League club.

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PREVIEW: Clitheroe (H)

It’s a speedy return to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium for our east Lancashire neighbours, Clitheroe, but they’ll be returning in good spirits having knocked the Rams out of the Integro Cup on Wednesday night.

That game went straight to penalties after Jack Higgs wind-assisted injury time equaliser tied the score at 1-1, but it was the visitors who progressed 7-6 from the penalty spot.

But tomorrow it is back to the bread-and-butter of the League with three points at stake.

Clitheroe will be hoping that Wednesday’s victory can re-boot their season after the resignation of newly-appointed manager Stuart Mellish and the disappointing start to the campaign, whilst the Rams will be looking to get the 4-0 drubbing at Leek last Saturday out of their system.

Games between these two local rivals have often proved entertaining and occasionally controversial, so supporters of both sides can look forward to an entertaining 90 minutes of non-league action.

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This season’s first Player-of-the-Month award, as voted for by the Ramsbottom United supporters went to industrious midfield player JAMIE ROTHER.

Having suffered some injury-wrecking seasons during his time with the Rams, Jamie, thanks to the help of new physio Ben Cole, appears to have turned the corner, and has been instrumental in the team’s early season performances, as he is now back to full fitness.

His non-stop style has made him a firm favourite at the Harry Williams Roverside Stadium, and Chairman Harry Williams presented him with the award and a case of beer kindly donated by the Evo-Stik League’s new beer sponsors, the Bowland Beer Company, ahead of the FA Cup replay against Kidsgrove Athletic.

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300 Up for Fans’ Favourite “Wizz”!

Ramsbottom United manager Mark Fell handed versatile left-sided player Phil Dean the Captain’s armband ahead of the game away at Mossley on Saturday as recognition of the 27 year old’s 300th appearance for the club.

Joining the Rams back in 2009 as an 18 year old, he was instrumental in the club’s rise from The North West Counties League through to the Evo-Stik Premier, and the diminutive full back-cum-winger has been a firm favourite at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium over the years.

He followed the club’s former joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley to Salford City, and had spells at Warrington Town, Shaw Lane and Colne, before returning to the club last season.

Dean, pictured above, wore the Rams shirt for the 300th time at Seel Park, with 250 starting appearances, 50 from the bench, and an impressive scoring record of 60 goals for Ramsbottom United.

Here's a few of Phil's action shot from this afternoon's match

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Following an announcement from Crawley Town, Ramsbottom United can confirm that 1st team coach Nathan Rooney has left the club to join the Skybet League 2 club as member of new manager Gabrielle Cioffi’s backroom team.

Rooney who worked full time with Fleetwood, joined the Rams in the summer and has been a key member of Mark Fell’s backroom team and the manager admitted it’s going to be big boots for someone to fill.

“We’re gutted to lose Nathan but absolutely understand you cannot turn down the sort of opportunity he has at Crawley. The fact he has been successful in getting this post is testament to the quality of coach that he is and he’s had a big influence on the lads in his short time with us.”

Rooney was quick to thank the Rams for facilitating his brief but enjoyable stay, “I want to thank Mark fell for giving me the opportunity to come and work at such a prestigious non-league club with such a great set of lads and staff. Every player trains and plays to their maximum each week and they have been a pleasure to be around even though it’s only been a short period . To Harry and the board I wish you all the success in the world and all your hard work is evident in and off the pitch. Best of luck to Mark, Graham and the squad for the rest of the Season. Believe in yourselves and work together as I feel you are a very talented group of players.”

Fell will now set about recruitment of a new 1st team coach, “We’ll have a look around and see who’s available and who meets the criteria we’re looking for - it’s not a rush to replace the post but if the right person presents themselves we can get moving quickly.”

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Rams presentation to Phil “Wizz” Dean

Having made his 300th appearance in a Rams shirt, Ramsbottom United Chairman Harry Williams presented a framed action photo to Phil Dean before the FA Cup replay against Kidsgrove Athletic.

Widely known to the Rams followers as “Wizz”, the left-sided winger-cum-defender turned out for the club for the 300th time in the game against Mossley last Saturday, and the club made him an honorary Captain for the day against the Lilywhites.

After the Kidsgrove game, Phil’s record now stands at 301 games played (50 from the bench) with 60 goals scored, some achievement in the fluid world of non-league football.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Mossley vs Rams

Preview by Tony Cunningham

Back in the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s, Mossley were arguably the most successful non-league club in the country. Twice champions of the Northern Premier League, when the League was the next level below the Football League, followed by a couple of runners-up spots, along with a visit to Wembley in the Final of the FA Trophy, the Lilywhites were only denied entry to the newly formed National League (then The Alliance) due to ground grading issues.

Since then, it’s fair to say, the club from a small town nestled in the foothills of the Pennines, has suffered a chequered history.

Financial problems almost put them out of business, whilst mixed results on the pitch has seen them turn into what most people would describe as a fourth tier non-league side.

However, a change of management this summer has seen Dave Wild and Terry Hincks installed in the hot seats, and a transformation on the pitch has been immediate.

Away wins at Chasetown and Droylsden, with a home victory over Widnes has seen a 100% start to their League campaign, whilst a draw away at newly-amalgamated Ossett United in the FA Cup has ensured an unbeaten start to the season. The Rams are also on a high after drawing away at Kidsgrove in the FA Cup (Replay at Rammy on Tuesday night) and an excellent hard-earned victory at much-fancied Atherton Collieries on Bank Holiday Monday.

So an intriguing game is in prospect just down the M60.

At last International Clearance has come through for Tom Kennedy giving manager Mark Fell another option, and whilst Greg Daniels may just fall short, Dean Stott will hopefully be available after the nasty injury he received at Kidsgrove.

Looks like an entertaining game awaits.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Ramsbottom United v Kendal Town

After the frustrating exit of the FA Cup at the hands of Kidsgrove Athletic last Tuesday, we welcome a team which had better luck the same night as Kendal Town triumphed in their penalty shoot-out at Selby Town to progress to the next round which was played last Saturday.

However, that game saw the Mintcakes thrashed 7-3 at Northern Counties East side Knaresborough Town, so we had better be aware of a response from the Cumbrian side as they look to lick their wounds

Our defeat was hard to swallow, as we created, but spurned loads of chances on the night, and the penalty lottery failed to go our way.

However, the entertainment value was a lot higher than that expected in a 0-0 draw.

Still, it’s back to the League and a welcome to our visitors from Cumbria as the Rams attempt to garner another three points.

Tom Kennedy, unable to play against Kidsgrove due to the inefficiency of the International Clearance system, will be available again, but it still looks as though Greg Daniels, who has undergone a scan, will be out for a little while more.

Kendal’s league record shows one win at home and one win away, alongside one defeat at home and one defeat away, so a tight game is expected.

The Rams will be looking to put the disappointment of last Tuesday, and the resultant blank Saturday, behind them as the quest for League points continues.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Rams v Kidsgrove - FA Cup Replay

After earning four points from two tough-looking away league games, the Rams look to make progress in this season’s FA Cup, with a replay against fellow Evo-Stik West side, Kidsgrove Athletic.

A late Jerome Wright penalty levelled thing up in Staffordshire ten days ago, so both sides try again at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, with the victors facing a trip to Atherton Collieries on Saturday (for the losers, it means at Saturday off!)

Should the score be level after 90 minutes, extra time, and if required penalties, will decide the outcome.

For the Rams, the incentive is a speedy return to Atherton where the 3-1 win on Bank Holiday Monday gave them a welcome three points in what turned out to be a hard-fought encounter.

Colls recovered from the set-back by thrashing Skelmersdale United 9-1 on Saturday, so whoever goes through will have their work cut out to make further progress in the competition.

Due to the delay in obtaining International Clearance, Tom Kennedy will be ineligible for the replay.

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This Friday 31st August (7.45pm kickoff) the Ramsbottom United Reserves will play at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium for the first time when they face Morecambe FC Reserves. Entry is only £2. Come and support the future of Ramsbottom United!