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FIXTURE UPDATE

After a spell of bad weather recently a couple of our games had been postponed and this morning they've been rearanged by the league.

The list of the rearranged fixtures are below

TUESDAY 7th January Integro Cup Round One RAMS v Bamber Bridge 7.45pm

(The Winner of the above game will travel to Trafford on Tuesday 14th January in Round Two 7.45pm)

TUESDAY 21st January - Dunston v RAMS 7.45pm

TUESDAY 24th March - Colne v RAMS 7.45pm

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MATCH OFF: Bamber Bridge (H)

Tonight's home game against Bamber Bridge has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.



A new date will be announced in due course.

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PREVIEW: Droylsden (H)

It will be all eyes on the weather ahead of the Greater Manchester derby between the Rams and Droylsden. Since the game at Colne on Tuesday was called off, it has barely stopped raining, leading to floods in many areas, and should the rain continue then a Saturday morning inspection may well put the game in doubt.

However, should the weather gods decide to smile down on us, the Rams welcome their neighbours in an attempt to keep the five game unbeaten run going.

Eleven points out of fifteen have seen Chris Willcock’s side move into the play-off spots with 27 points from 15 games.

The Bloods arrive at the HWRS in thirteenth spot in the league table having gained 20 points from their 16 outings.

Whereas the Rams have lost just once at home in the league this season, the visitors have an away record of just two wins from their eight contests, four of which have been lost.

However, football rarely follows a logical pattern, and Dave Pace is a wily old manager who can always be relied upon to have his team fired up, and for the Rams to be victorious, they will need to keep their wits about them.

Another welcome three points however will enhance the position within the play-offs, and with the league table being as tight as it is, a victory could propel the side up to second behind current leaders Workington.

But first of all, a glance upwards in the hope that the rain clouds finally move over.


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PREVIEW: Widnes (A)

It’s a trip over to north Cheshire for the Rams as they meet their opening day opponents, Widnes, at the Halton Stadium, the 12,000 capacity home of Widnes RLFC and their artificial pitch.

The Rams are looking for a double as they won their opening game back in August 3-2, and another victory would prolong the current impressive run of 14 points from the last 18 on offer, and a goalscoring record of 20 goals with just 5 conceded.

That run has seen the side rise from mid-table to third in what is proving to be a fascinating competition this time round.

The Rams welcome back long-time injury midfielder Greg Daniels, who has been out of the game for sixteen months, but on the reverse side, winger Iyrwah Gooden begins his three match suspension having been sent off last week against Droylsden.

The Rams currently have 30 points from 16 games, whilst Widnes sit in 17th spot with 12 points from 15 starts. Their home form has seen them glean just four points to date, but, whilst the Rams may go into the game as favourites, football sometimes has a habit of kicking such predictions in the teeth.

Another three points, however, would be most welcome for the Rams as the squad looks forward to a brief respite before facing Mossley at home on Boxing Day.

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RAMS GOAL OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER

Ramsbottom United supporters regular Goal of The Month competition is sponsored by local firm Irwell Works Brewery, and the various goals scored throughout the month are watched and assessed before being voted for by the fans.

November had no less than sixteen to choose from but the almost unanimous winner was the spectacular 49th minute rocket-like strike from RICHIE BAKER during the impressive 5-1 home win against Marske United.

The former Bury player struck his effort so sweetly, it is doubtful that the visiting keeper even saw the ball before it bulged in the back of the net.

He was presented with his prize before the 5-0 home victory over Droylsden by Roch Valley Radio’s Charley Rattan.



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Tonight's game is OFF!

GAME OFF Tonight's game away at Colne has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date will be announced in due course. #YouRams
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PREVIEW: City of Liverpool (H)

It’s a welcome for the first ever meeting between the recently formed City of Liverpool FC and the Rams at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

Formed to offer affordable football to those in the city unable to watch the two Premier League sides, the new club merged the red and blue of the city’s main clubs into a kit that reflects their nick-name of “The Purps”.

Promoted from the North West Counties League last season (their second promotion in their short lifetime) they have adapted to life at this level well, and currently sit alongside the Rams in mid-table with both sides having played 12 league games and earning 20 points.

Both sides have games in hand and are only three points away from the play-offs, so a tight contest is likely. For the Rams it’s a chance to continue the improved form of late that was disrupted on Saturday when the planned trip to Dunston was thwarted by heavy overnight rain on Friday night.

The team’s last outing was a deserved three points over in Prescot with a 2-1 away win over the Cables, and another three points against CoL could see the Rams back up amongst the challenging pack, in what is becoming a very open race with no club running away with the League this time round.


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WELCOME RETURN OF RAMMY FAVOURITE!

Ramsbottom United are delighted to welcome back GREG DANIELS after a horrendous spell of 16 months out of the game with a serious ankle injury.

Playing in a pre-season friendly in August 2018, the talented midfield player fell awkwardly and sustained an injury that at the time he felt wasn’t too bad.

Little did he realise the extent of the damage, and after surgery and much recuperation, the former FC United of Manchester player has now resumed full fitness much to the delight of manager Chris Willcock who has signed the player back on for the Rams.

With the team in third spot in the League going into the Christmas period, Greg’s recovery is a great boost and a vital addition to a team currently in top form.



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RAMS PLAYER OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER

After a disappointing start to the month, results picked up for the Rams allowing the club to shoot up the table from a middle spot into the play-offs.

IYRWAH GOODEN turned in some impressive performances during a month in which he also notched four goals, and his efforts have been rewarded by him being voted the Supporters Player of the Month for November.

The young winger was presented with his prize, a case of beers kindly supplied by sponsors BowlandBrewery, the Official Cask Beer of the Northern Premier League, before the 5-0 home demolition of Droylsden, a win that saw the club rise to third in the league.



Iyrwah Gooden receives his prize from Aaron Benson (left) and Charley Rattan from Roch Valley Radio

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PREVIEW: Tadcaster Albion (A)

The Rams recent impressive run will face a stern test in north Yorkshire as they travel up to meet Tadcaster Albion.

Tadcaster are currently two places and three points behind the Rams, but with two games in hand.

Like Ramsbottom, their home form has been good, losing just once and drawing once whilst winning the other five games.

The east Lancashire side’s away form shows two victories, one draw and three defeats, so the odds would appear to favour a home win, but the recent results have been pretty impressive for the Rams, with two emphatic home wins over City of Liverpool (5-0) and Marske United (5-1), before which was a fine away win at Prescot Cables and a draw at home to Runcorn Linnets in a game that should really have yielded another three points.

That run has allowed Chris Willcock’s side to rise from mid-table into the play-off positions in what is turning into a fascinating league table, with no team running away with things.

So a trip over the Pennines looks like providing an entertaining clash with both sides eager to secure all three points and consolidate their places in those play-off spots at worst in what looks like being a terrific campaign.

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PREVIEW: Dunston (A)

It’s a trip into the unknown as the Rams make the long journey to the north-east to meet Gateshead-based Dunston for the first time.

Having gained promotion from the Northern League last season, Dunston have been ham-struck by the number of games that have been called off, and so far have managed to complete just eight league fixtures, leaving them at a deceptive 18th position with just eight points gained.

Of those games played, just three have taken place at their UTS Stadium with a win, draw and defeat the outcomes.

The Rams travel up with a confidence in their step. A disappointing one point garnered from their home draw with Runcorn Linnets last Saturday really should have been all three, but a further three points were gained at Prescot Cables on Tuesday night, so the trip to the north east should hold no fears.

The Rams squad seems to have settled down just recently with performances reflecting that, and with the top half of the table very tight, hopes for a further three points will be high.

Like the hosts, the Rams have games in hand, but not as many, and currently sit in ninth position with 20 points from the twelve matches played.

The League looks like being extremely competitive this time round, so another three points on the road would be very welcome.


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AWARD TIME FOR RAMSBOTTOM UNITED

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED are delighted to have received an award from the League.

There is usually a monthly “Club of the Month” award, but due to the number of FA competition matches in October, the League decided to have the latest award cover two months, October and November.

The Rams were voted the North West Division team for those months, and as a result, will receive an engraved permanent memento and a 1ltr bottle of spirits.

This will be presented at the ground during one of the team’s forthcoming matches.

During that period, the club climbed from mid-table into the Play-off spots, helped in no short measure by two resounding victories at the end of November when successive home games saw City of Liverpool return to Merseyside on the back of a 5-0 hammering, after which Marske United came down to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, having lost just one league game all season, only to return to the northeast on the back of a 5-1 reverse.

The period covered also saw manager Chris Willcock tweak and reduce his squad, and the team continued it’s fine home form in December with another five-goal haul against local rivals Droylsden.

The Rams currently sit third in what is a fascinating league contest, with eyes firmly focussed on a promotion spot, either automatic or via the play-offs, with much hope as we look to move into the second half of the campaign.

The League sent it’s congratulations to the Club, Manager and Players on their achievement.

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GAME ON vs Droylsden

GAME ON!

Our game against Droylsden is going ahead as planned at the moment after the pitch passed a 10am inspection by a local referee.

The match referee may need to re inspect should we have further heavy rain before kick-off

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PREVIEW: Marske United (H)

The Rams fine form of late will undergo a thorough examination when Marske United come to town.

Impressive successive victories away to Prescot Cables (2-1) and at home to City of Liverpool (5-0) followed a 1-1 draw with Runcorn Linnets in a game that should have seen the Rams collect another three points.

Manager Chris Willcock’s readjusted squad now appears to be hitting the sort of form that they enjoyed last season, and the team currently lie in eighth position with 23 points from 13 games in a Division that is as tight as anyone can remember for many a year.

Visitors from the north east, Marske United are just one point ahead but sit as high as third, and with a couple of games in hand, could well rise to the summit.

They have only suffered one league defeat all season, so should prove a tough test for a team currently buoyant after the thrashing of City of Liverpool on Tuesday night.

It promises to be a tight affair, but with both teams on top of their game, should prove to be a highly entertaining match worthy of a good turn-out from the supporters.

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PREVIEW: Prescot Cables (A)

The Rams make the relatively short trip over to Merseyside to take on old foes Prescot Cables at Volair Park.

Many a game has been contested between these two sides, initially in the North West Counties League, but of late in the Northern Premier League.

The Rams with a tweeked squad of late, returned to League action last Saturday when they came behind at home to Runcorn Linnets, with a Nic Evangelinos goal ensuring a share of the spoils. In reality, it was almost one-way traffic in the second half, but the hosts could not find the finishing touch to grab a deserved three points.

Back in the starting line-up tomorrow could be Reuben Jerome, who completed his three-match ban on Saturday.

Cables had a blank day, with the heavy rain washing out their visit to Pontefract Collieries, and las played last Tuesday when a home defeat against the afore-mentioned Linnets saw the Cheshire side progress in the FA Trophy.

There is usually nothing much between the two teams and current league placings suggest another tight encounter.

Cables sit in 8th place with 20 points from 13 games, whilst the Rams are two places and three points behind, but have two games in hand.