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MATCH PREVIEW: Rams v Kidsgrove Athletic

Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Saturday 25th August 2018

Ramsbottom United v Kidsgrove

Preview by Adam Clark

It’s that time of the season again, It’s time for the Emirates FA Cup.

A win and a defeat so far this season for the Rams is good form going into to the FA Cup Preliminary Round on Saturday

The Rams face a trip down the M6 to just north of Stoke to face Kidsgrove Athletic of the same division, Kidsgrove have started the season with 2 wins from 2 games against Clitheroe & Trafford and currently sit second behind Radcliffe.


Greg Daniels & Harry Foulds are still out through pre season’s injuries

Jerome Wright returns from suspension after sitting the first 2 games.

Tom Kennedy is still unavailable; he is still awaiting clearance from the FA.


Tie No. 17 – Kidsgrove Athletic (NPL 1W) v Ramsbottom United (NPL 1W)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 4

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Kidsgrove Athletic made it to the 2nd Qualifying Round in both the last two seasons whilst Ramsbottom United exited in the Preliminary Round in their last two campaigns.

HEAD TO HEAD: The Rams will meet Kidsgrove for the first time since 2002. The Rams don’t have the best record against Kidsgrove only winning 1 of 10 meetings with Kidsgrove (D3 L6).


The match officials for tomorrow’s fixture with Kidsgrove Athletic are:

The Referee is, Graeme Kearney. He will be assisted by Sean Cuthbert and Gareth Edwards

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Fixture Update

Due to Widnes' involvement in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy on SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER, our AWAY game against them has been moved to TUESDAY 9th OCTOBER.

Instead on SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER, RAMSBOTTOM UNITED will be AWAY to KENDAL TOWN (brought forward from 13th April)

Saturday 29th September: Kendal Town v RAMS 3.00pm

Tuesday 9th October: Widnes v RAMS 7.45pm

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MATCH PREVIEW: Ramsbottom United v Lancaster City



The final pre-season friendly before the League campaign starts on 18th August, is this coming Friday when the Rams meet Evo-Stik Premier Division side Lancaster City.

The game is being played at a neutral venue – Fulwood Amateurs ground in Lightfoot Lane, Preston (PR4 0AE) – with a 7.00pm kick-off.

This will be the last chance for any aspiring trialists to show manager Mark Fell that they have the required attributes to compete in what looks like being a very evenly contested Evo-Stik West League this time round.

With many of last season’s squad already having re-signed, along with a number of newcomers, the Rams boss will be hoping to put the disappointing result and performance at Pontefract last Saturday to bed, and begin the new season at home to Market Drayton Town on the back of an encouraging performance against a strong Lancaster City side, which established itself in the Premier Division last season following promotion.

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Cancellation of Manager's Forum - Supporters' Club AGM still to go ahead

Mark Fell is now unavailable for Tuesday's Manager's Forum due to an extended training session. The Supporters' Club AGM will go ahead as planned at 8pm (at Ramsbottom Cricket Club). The AGM is open to all current, former and prospective members and is an opportunity to hear about expenditure, discuss upcoming plans, and to sign up for the new season and get an exclusive Supporters Club gift!
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Lancaster City vs Ramsbottom United

Please note, Ramsbottom United's Pre Season Friendly vs Lancaster next Friday, will now be played at The Home of Fulwood Amateurs.

Address: Lightfoot Ln, Fulwood, Preston PR4 0AE

Kick off: 7pm

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MATCH PREVIEW: Colne v Ramsbottom United

Preview by Tony Cunningham

Tuesday night sees an east Lancashire local derby between two sides that opened their account with victories on Saturday.

Whilst the Rams were 2-1 victors at home to Market Drayton Town, Colne won by the same score on the road at Newcastle Town, setting up what is always a tense and interesting fixture.

Two seasons ago, the Rams were victorious in a highly entertaining game, thanks to the trusty left foot of Darren Green, whose thunderbolt winner was later adjudged as the goal-of-the-season.

Last year, however, the trip was less memorable for the Ramsbottom team. A similar 1-0 scoreline finished in favour of the home side, with the visitors harshly losing the services of midfielder Jamie Rother through a disputed red card, swiftly followed by the dismissal from the dug-out of an irate manager Mark Fell.

For the Rams, Jerome Wright serves his second and last suspension, Greg Daniels is still a week or two away from coming back from the injury he sustained pre-season, and the long-awaited International Clearance for Tom Kennedy is still to come though, meaning he is likely to be unavailable again, unless the FA of Wales finally gets it’s act together before 3.45 on Tuesday.

Which way this season’s game will go is anybody’s guess, but whatever the eventual outcome, you can expect another worth-watching encounter.

Stats complied by Adam Clark

Match officials

Referee - Mark Reeves

Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Young

Assistant Referee 2 - Zeyad Ahmed

Head to head: The Rams have face Colne many times over the years (27 in fact). The Rams have won 14 of them, Colne have won 11 and there have been 2 draws

Players that have played for both: Lee Gaskell, Oliver Crankshaw, Lee Pugh, Marcus Poscha, Luke Thompson, Dean Stott, Phil Dean, Mark Ayres, Rob Grimes, Michael Morrison and Adam Morning.

Last meeting: Colne 1 Ramsbottom United 0 - 13th January 2018

Match Report: Yet no luck again for the Rams

Match coverage

Full match updates on our twitter feed -

Match report by Jon Haslam, photos by Frank Crook & highlights of the match will be available on Wednesday across our various platforms.

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REPORT: Rammy 2 Market Drayton Town 1

Ramsbottom United v Market Drayton Town

Saturday 18th August 2018

Evo-Stik League First Division West

By Damien Barlow

The day that all football fans eagerly anticipate was once again upon us. The one day of the season where eveyone is equal, and everyone dares to dream - the opening day. Today we kicked off the 2018-2019 season by welcoming Market Drayton Town to the Riverside, for what would be the first meeting between the 2 sides.

With several injuries, suspensions and one delay in international clearence, the home side lined up with a 4141 formation, and 5 debutants featuring in the starting line-up, and a sixth on the bench.

It was the home side who got proceedings underway, and while the first 5 or so minutes lacked any real fluency or controlled possession, the rest of the half certainly belonged to Ramsbottom in what was a dominant display with a continued attack on the final third. The first half-chance that threatened the away goal came in the 7th minute after a mis-placed pass was picked up by Ben Deegan who quickly found Nathan Brown who gave the crowd their first glimse of what he can offer as he dropped his shoulder to lose his man and get his shot away which was parried by the Drayton keeper, unfortunatly Deegan could only push his follow up wide of the post. This was quickly followed up with another very good chance to grab an early goal when again, Brown showed good feet to work a cross into the box which caused problems. Both Rother and Deegan had attempts blocked, and Market Drayton finally cleared their area in a rushed fashion. Ramsbottom were getting a lot of joy down both flanks, both Brown and Jordan looking like they were enjoying themselves, and beating the respective full backs at will. It was Brown again who crafted the next chance as he wriggled free from his 2 close minders and freed Higgs in the box only for his shot to end up behind the goal.

The attacking prowess from the home side showed no sign of letting up, as another early ball out wide, this time down the right to pick out Luke Jordan, again skipped past Myles Arnold with ease sent a ball across the edge of the area, where Higgs once again got his shot away, but sadly with the same end result as his previous effort. As the twentieth minute ticked by, Market Drayton were afforded a rare chance to get a ball in and around the Rammy area. A free kick half way in the home half was sent towards the back post searching out Liam Bood but unfortunate for him, the linesman had given his flag a first outing of the day.

On 22 minutes, quite possibly the pass of the game, as Rob Henry picked out Nathan Brown with a 50 yard pass who controlled instantly and lost his man again, and as he moved menacingly into the area, hit a shot-cum-cross which just passed the far post to the relief of the visiting keeper. On the half hour the corner count was increased again, as Higgs sent an in-swinger to the far post where Ryan Ellison met it with intent and sent it back in to the 6 yard box, where it eventually broke to the impressive Brown who's shot against the bar deserved better luck. The away clean sheet had been hanging on for dear life almost from the first whistle, and on 31 minutes it finally succumbed to the relentless onslaught, as once again the outlet down the left paid dividends, and while Brown needed 2 attempts to get the ball accross, the latter effort was met with the head of the free Higgs who sent the ball nestling.


The home side were playing with a swagger now and moved the ball with ease with options a plenty for whoever had the ball. This time it was Rother who carried the ball forward, with screams from the advancing Jordan ringng in his ears, he waited for his moment to release the ball sending it into Jordans path who cut inside his man and picked out Higgs on the edge of the area who lost his man with a feign and got his shot away, but again, just wide of the mark.

On 35 minutes, the footballing gods proved again that if you dont take your chances you run the risk of being punished in the harshest way, regardles of whether you deserve to be or not, as a ball forward somehow eluded Phil Dean allowing Will Wells a rare shot at Ashton, and while he did his best to fluff his lines, his scuffed effort found the gambling Charlie Knowles who just had to roll the ball into the unguarded net.


The conceded goal seemed to stun the home side, as within a minute Market Drayton could have had another attempt on goal had they worked it better, fortunatley composure was regained, and familiarity was resumed with Ramsbottom pushing forward looking to restore what would be a much deserved lead. As it was, the scoring was finished for the first half, and as the referee brought it to a close, both teams left the pitch wondering how exactly the score was level - but for very different reasons.


The away side got the second half underway, no doubt with the wrath of their manager still ringing in their ears. The first notable chance came on 48 minutes as the energetic Luke Jordan again broke down the right and sent his ball towards the penalty spot only for the ball to bounce of the covering defender and into the keepers grasp, and much to the disbelief of the visitors the official deemeed it intentional and awarded an indirect free kick. As the home side tried to conjure up a plan to effectivley try and beat 9 keepers from 12 yards it was left to Higgs to roll the ball for Rother to take the brute force approach rather than anything resembling finesse, this crashed against one of the 9 keepers and for now, the danger had passed for Market Drayton.

Ramsbottom continued to get a lot of joy down both flanks and the corners total kept rising. Again Higgs sent in a tempting in-swinger to the far post, and again Ellison got to the ball first but nodded wide of the goal. Just before the hour mark, Rother marauded forward with intent, fnding the ever available Brown who cut inside and returned the ball back to Rother on the edge of the box who in-turn fed his other readily available option for the day in Jordan who for the umpteenth time beat his man cut inside and but directed his effort straight at the chest of the greatful Rawlins. Minutes later, applause was ringing round the HWRS again, as Higgs released Brown down the left with an outside of the foot pass for him to escape his marker took the opportunity to try and get on the score sheet, but sent his effort just wide.



On 67 minutes Phil Dean brought the ball forward over half way, and delicately lifted the ball over Buxton to send Jordan - now operating on the left away down the touch line, looking up to see what was on offer, Brown had made himself available on the edge of the box and was easily picked out, his shot cannoned of an on-rushing defender and away for another corner. The 71st minute brought the 2 best chances of the half to restore the lead. A searching ball forward found Dom Marie on the edge of the box, he got past his man and tried placing his shot which the keeper managed to parry away only for it to fall to Rother who tried lifting the ball back over the recovering stopper, but again he did his bit to take a point back down the M6 for his team.


As the final 10 minutes loomed, Market Drayton found themselves in unfamiliar territory - their attacking final third. A couple of hopeful balls into the box which no-one seemed to either want to attack or defend, was eventully cleared by the Rammy back line and the search for a winner continued. As Brooks found space in the middle, he picked out Jordan who again cut inside to get his shot away and again that was turned away for a corner. The resulting set piece was worked to the edge of the box for Nathan Brown who lofted the ball back towards the goal and only minutes after entering the fray, substitute Luke Thompson got himself between the keeper and ball and nodded into the empty goal.


Ramsbottom saw out the remainder of the game without incident. The four minutes of added time didnt do anything to affect the scoreline, and victory was fully deserved. Although the fluency and tempo may have dropped a little in the second period, the control and application was there to see and enjoyable to watch.

Attendance 166

Teams - Ramsbottom - Ashton, Henry, Dean, Stott (c), Ellison, Downes, Jordan, Rother, Deegan, Higgs, Brown. SUBS Thompson, Brooks, Gaskell, Marie, Robertson (gk).

Market Drayton - Rawlins, Buxton, Arnold, Hartlebury, McMullen, Desean, Ballard, Beddows (c), Bood, Wells, Knowles. SUBS Russell, Sorrentinio, McFarlane, Skelton.

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Chester duo arrive on loan

Ramsbottom United are pleased to announce a double loan signing from National League North side Chester FC.

Nathan Brown and Alex Downes have joined initially until October with an option to extend. Both players faced the Rams at the Riverside in Pre-season and both have already had first team involvement this term with Chester, Brown coming on as a substitute in their win over Curzon Ashton earlier in the week.

19 year old Nathan Brown has already impressed the Chester support with some dynamic performances last season and signed a contract extension in the summer, the young forward came through the Academy ranks at the Deva and was voted young player of the season and his winner against Bromley last season was voted goal of the season.

Nathan Brown

Defender Alex Downes joined Chester from Wrexham and made his debut last season in the Cheshire senior cup. He too signed a professional contract in the summer and is another tipped for big things with the Seals.

Alex Downes

Rams Boss Mark Fell says that the club have got two exciting talents, “Both are very highly thought of at Chester, Jonno (Chester boss Anthony Johnson) rang me a week ago giving me an indication of their availability and it’s clear they have high hopes for them both. It’s great that they see us as the right club to help them progress”

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BACK ROW (Left-Right): Ryan Ellison, Rob Henry, Sam Reeves, Nathan Brown, Alex Downes, Harry Foulds, Greg Daniels, Jamie Rother, Tom Brooks

MIDDLE ROW: Ben Cole (Physio), Dom Marie, Lee Gaskell, Tom Higgs, Sam Ashton, Luke Jordan, Ben Deegan, Tom Kennedy, Andy Robertson (Goalkeeper coach)

FRONT ROW: Jerome Wright, Luke Thompson, Nathan Rooney (First Team Coach), Dean Stott, Mark Fell (Manager), Graham Lancashire (Assistant Manager), Phil Dean, Alfie Carmichael

Photo taken by Club Photographer, Frank Crook

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MATCH PREVIEW: Rams v Market Drayton Town

By Tony Cunningham

The talking stops, the pre-season games have come to an end, and the closed season changes, both on and off the pitch have been made.

Now the season begins!

Tomorrow, the Rams open their Evo-Stik West account with a visit from Shropshire side Market Drayton Town to the HWRS.

This is the first time the two clubs have ever met, and do so as a result of the realignment of the second tier of the NPL Evo-Stik League from North/South to East/West.

Last season Town endured a difficult campaign in Evo-Stik South, often looking over their shoulders before Romulus finally accepted the fate of the only relegation spot in the Division.

No doubt, on the back of that, our visitors will have had quite a shuffle during the break, so last year’s final table placing will have no relevance on Saturday’s outcome.

For the Rams, it’s good to see so many of last season’s squad still with us, although like the supporters, they will be looking to better a slightly disappointing 14th spot last time.

We welcome the newcomers to the team, along with those newly recruited by manager Mark Fell, off the pitch, and trust that everyone manages to quickly create the sort of bond that every successful side needs.

It’s always difficult to predict what lies ahead over the next nine months, but as with any journey, we start with one small step.

Tomorrow’s game against market Drayton Town is Ramsbottom United’s.

Let’s hope for a decent crowd down at the HWRS and a winning start to what we all hope will be a successful season.

Rammy manager Mark Fell spoke to ahead of this fixture and he said:

"We’re all looking forward to getting cracking, I think things have really come together in the last 10 days and the lads have put the overtime in this week to ensure we’re fully prepared. We’ve done our homework on Market Drayton as they will have done with us so we have a good idea of the challenges they’ll bring - but we go into the game and the season with a confidence and optimism."

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The Rams have signed a striker and appointed a goalkeeper coach

Ramsbottom United have added forward Ben Deegan to their squad ahead of the new season, the 6ft 2 target man played for both Glossop and promoted side Hyde last season and arrives with an excellent goalscoring record with the likes of FC United and Nantwich. The 30 year old from Manchester was also a key part of the Warrington side that won promotion from the Evo Stik Division 1 North.

Manager Mark Fell commented “We’ve not had this type of striker since Gaz Seddon, he’s good on the ball for a big man, he can win the flick-on’s and bring others into play. He’s a good lad to have in the dressing room and knows what this division is all about.”

The Rams boss also gave an update on further recruitment before the season kicks off in just over a week’s time, “We’re working with 16 signed players at the moment, Greg Daniels and Harry Foulds both have around a month until they’ll be fit so we’ve got to make some further additions. We’re very close to a duo on loan from a National League club and we’ve our eye on a couple that are not featuring in sides higher up the pyramid at the moment - I expect there to be a lot of activity in the final week leading up to the season.”

The Rams have also completed their staff line-up for the new season with GK coach Andy Robertson joining the club. He is an experienced former keeper who played for Chorley, Droylsden, Mossley, Witton and Trafford during an illustrious non-league career. Andy is no stranger to the Riverside, playing 8 games for the club in 2008. Rubz, as he’s known, will work with the clubs goalkeepers as well as being registered as emergency cover.

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Supporters' Club AGM and Manager's Forum

The Supporters' Club AGM and pre-season Manager's Forum will take place on Tuesday 14th August at 8pm at Ramsbottom Cricket Club (the bar will be open).

The AGM will offer an opportunity to hear about and discuss the Supporters' Club Committee's plans for the upcoming season, elect committee members, and also to sign up for the new season and receive your exclusive Supporters' Club gift.

The Manager's Forum will give you chance to put your questions to Mark Fell, his staff and a player before the season starts. Questions at the ready!