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PREVIEW: Ossett United (H)

Table-toppers Ramsbottom United welcome strugglers Ossett United to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium in a game the bookmakers would have down as a home banker.

The Rams have 55 points from their 26 games, whereas the visitors from west Yorkshire have so far managed to garner just 20 from the same number of matches, of which just 4 were gained on opposition soil.

Ramsbottom’s home form has been terrific with eleven victories from thirteen, so it is easy to understand why the odds are very much on a home win.

However, football is hardly that predictable, and any slackness shown by the home side is likely to be punished by a team desperate for points to escape the fear of relegation.

The sides drew 1-1 earlier in the season but the Rams squad has changed dramatically since those early days, and with the prospect of being taken over at the top by the likes of Workington, Marine and Pontefract Collieries, the Rams will be determined to cling to the summit.

They will also be buoyed by the extra supporters that have been attracted to the HWRS of late. Having already scored 68 league goals, the entertainment value this season has been extremely high and those newcomers, as well as being appreciated by the club, have done their bit to encourage the team to continue in a similar vein.

Storm Ciara affected the club last week but the pitch is looking good (pictured below) ahead of tomorrow's game, we'll keep you updated on any pitch inspections if and when we need to.

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Having suffered twice already in the last decade, BetVictor Northern Premier League club RAMSBOTTOM UNITED once again found themselves deluged with the pitch resembling a lake, just hours after an important 3-0 win in their chase for promotion.

A healthy crowd watched on as the current league leaders dispatched fellow promotion-chasing Tadcaster Albion on Saturday afternoon aware that the weather forecast looked pretty bad for later that day.

When committee member Andy Brown turned up next morning he was confronted with this view that took him back to the horrendous floods that sank the ground on Boxing Day 2015. Whilst work had been carried out by the relevant authorities to ensure a similar problem to the five foot flooding that the Harry Williams had previously suffered would not happen again, the work was obviously not sufficiently carried out, as more overnight rain saw the adjacent River Irwell burst it’s banks once again, with the resultant flood covering most of the Rams pitch.

Although not as bad as the 2015 disaster, it was similar to the soaking that was felt back in 2012, but hopes are high that the weather is about to clear up and the drainage on the pitch will work sufficiently well to allow next Saturday’s home game against Ossett United to go ahead.

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Ramsbottom United are pleased to announce the launch of their new Football Academy based at The Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom.

We will be offering a B-Tec qualification in Sports Performance for 16 year old School leavers either Level 2 or 3. You will have the opportunity to learn and play in football coaching and we offer a pathway to Adult football.

Our first eleven play in the Bet Victor Northern Premier League North West Division one, a Development team in the Lancashire U21 League & u18 in the North West Youth Alliance League. So the opportunity to represent the club at a semi-professional level is available and we have links to North West Counties, West Lancashire League and Manchester Leagues depending on ability.

Our Btec Learning partner will be iSports Ltd.

You will learn and train each day and compete in a college league with home games played at the stadium on Wednesday afternoons. The classroom is also at the ground within walking distance of Ramsbottom Village.

Entry requirements; Learners must be 16 and hold A-C grades in at least 5 GCSEs (including English and Maths). Learners who do not hold these qualifications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

We will hold an open day on Sunday 16th February 2020 so why not register to attend and see our facilities, speak to the course directors and view a presentation.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – a short football CV, your current School and contact details.

Or ring Jake Williams 07554 235184 or Warren Hemmingway 07585 554341

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PREVIEW: Brighouse Town (A)

The Rams travel over the hill into West Yorkshire looking for another three points as they keep up the pressure on leaders Workington, who are just one point ahead of them at the top of the table.

The last League outing at the City of Liverpool saw the Rams return on the back of a 5-2 score-line, but that success was soured by a repeat score-line going the other way as they exited the Integro League Cup at Trafford on Tuesday.

The script for that game had already been written. The short hop along the M60 followed an unbeaten run of twelve matches. Unlucky thirteen just had to happen!

But the league is the main aim and having defeated Brighouse at home in October, the Rams will be making the short journey looking to do the double, with much confidence, although their opponents lie in mid-table (tenth) with a points tally of 28 from their 22 games, as opposed to Ramsbottom’s 43 from 21 games.

However, the Yorkshire side have a home record of eight victories, a total only bettered in the league by a certain Ramsbottom United, so a tough test would appear to be on the cards. They have, however, tasted defeat on their own soil five times, so the visitors will be looking to add to their four victories away from the HWRS, and at least keep on the coat-tails of Workington ahead of the mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash between the two top clubs at the Riverside next Saturday.

Indeed, a victory for the Rams, and failure to win by the Cumbrian side, could see the Lancastrians top the table come Saturday night.

A tough test, but a game that the side are capable of winning and adding to the run of eleven league games undefeated.

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Having scooped the award in October and December, leading scorer NIC EVANGELINOS once again won the supporters Goal-of-the-Month contest for JANUARY, kindly sponsored by Irwell Works Brewery, this time for his outstanding volley away in the rare defeat at Dunston.

With his back almost to goal and standing outside the penalty area, as the ball was partly-cleared by the home defence, he swivelled and unleashed a terrific volley that flew into the far top corner of the home side’s net.

Already this one is being touted as a possible goal of the season, proving what an outstanding goalscorer Nic is.

And as if to confirm this, within an hour of receiving his award, he was at it again, with a sublime curling effort from the corner of the box, to open the scoring in the Rams 3-0 win against visitors Tadcaster Albion, as the Rams remained top of the League.

Nic receives his award before the Tadcaster game from matchday Secretary Andy Edmundson

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PREVIEW: Tadcaster Albion (H)

The Rams go into this one still top of the table following recent victories at home to previous table-toppers Workington and away at Droylsden last week, when the defence stood firm in both games refusing to concede a goal.

At the other end, the Rams appear to have an attack possessing a number of different goalscorers as they have so far notched 65 in their 25 league matches.

Tadcaster arrive at the HWRS in sixth spot with an impressive away record of six wins and two draws from their eleven games on the road.

This will prove a severe test for the home side, but Ramsbottom’s confidence will be high on the fact that their home matches have seen ten wins, one draw and a solitary league defeat in front of their own supporters.

The reverse fixture in December saw the east Lancashire side return home with a point during the impressive twelve game unbeaten league run, and in order to maintain that top-of-the-table position, three points are vital with Workington breathing down their necks.

A crowd of over 600 enjoyed the last home game, and hopes are high that once again the locals will get behind their team and push them on in what is becoming a fascinating race for promotion.

A number of sides are in the mix, and whilst it’s good to see the Rams currently top of the pile, there are many games still to be played between now and the end of April, with the trick being to stay in the number one spot until then

A mammoth task, but one which, with the backing of the supporters, this talented squad of players are aiming to achieve.

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Rammy on the Non-League Show

Club secretary Tony Cunningham has been on this week's Non-League Show, his interview with Tim Fuell is about 18 minutes into the podcast

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PREVIEW: Trafford (A) - Integro Cup Round 2

It’s a swift return to Shawe View as the Rams attempt a quick-fire double over Trafford, this time in the second round of the Integro League Cup.

Having enjoyed a narrow 2-1 victory there on New Year’s Day in the League match, this will be the second game between the two teams in less than a fortnight, with the home side , no doubt, determined to make up for the previous defeat.

The Rams arrive in west Manchester having knocked out higher league opposition in the shape of Bamber Bridge in the last round, and although the League remains the main focus of attention, the Cup provides an alternative challenge, with silverwear on hand for the winning team come the end of the season.

The win in the League at City of Liverpool on Saturday took the Rams unbeaten run to twelve matches, and they will be hoping it’s not a case of thirteenth time unlucky.

Manager Chris Willcock has his full squad to select from, and it would come as no surprise were he to include a number of the youngsters recently signed from the club’s development squad.

Four of them took part in the previous round and gave a good account of themselves, and being thrown in for this one should hold no fears having all seemed capable of moving up to this level.

Should the game be drawn after ninety minutes, both sides will go straight to penalties to see who progresses to round three.

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Ramsbottom United supporters have again cast their votes to discover the club’s Player-of-the-Month for January, a month in which six out of eight games played ended in victory for the Rams.

Whilst acknowledging that the success that has seen the club rise to the top of the table deserves to be recognised by everyone in the squad that has turned out, NIC EVANGELINOS secured the most votes, and was presented with his award, sponsored by Bowland Brewery, the Official Cask Beer of the Northern Premier League, ahead of the home game against Tadcaster Albion.

Nic did not disappoint, as he was on hand to open the scoring in a 3-0 win with a delicious floated effort from the corner of the box as the Rams good run continued.

Rams Matchday secretary Andy Edmundson presents Nic Evangelinos with his prize

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RAMSBOTTOM UNITED are delighted to announce that, for the second time this season, they have scooped the “Club-of-the-Month” award for the BETVICTOR NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE NORTHWEST DIVISION.

Having been the grateful recipient of the joint October/November award, the Rams form throughout January has seen the team topple previous table-toppers Workington, after defeating the Cumbrians 2-0, to overtake them at the summit, in a month which saw the side suffer just one League defeat away at Dunston, although they did fail in their Integro League Cup tie at Trafford.

Wins in the league at Trafford, City of Liverpool and Brighouse Town reaped nine points, which added to those gained at home to Pickering Town and the afore-mentioned Workington.

In the month’s eight games, the Rams scored 21 goals whilst conceding 16, with an average of nearly 5 goals a game as the entertainment value of games involving Ramsbottom United saw an increase in attendances, with over 600 being present for the top of the table clash.

The club will be presented with an engraved permanent memento and a 1ltr bottle of spirit at a forthcoming home game.

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PREVIEW: Workington (H) - THE BIG ONE!

The much-anticipated game between the Division’s top two teams takes place at The Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Saturday before what should be a healthy following.

The Rams blew their chance of topping the table on Tuesday when they suffered their first league defeat in thirteen games at Dunston, and as a result, Workington remain top by one point, although they do have a game in hand.

Victory for the Rams will see them rise to the summit, something that could only have been dreamt of when they visited the Cumbrian coast back in September and came away on the back of a 5-1 hammering.

However, the current squad has seen many changes made by manager Chris Willcock since then, with the subsequent rise from mid-table to their current position.

Former Football League club Workington have experienced a few ups and downs since their expulsion from “The 92” in 1977, and relegation last season saw them drop into non-league’s fourth tier.

Their form so far has been good enough to see them looking for that one automatic spot in the hope that the other clubs chasing them will have to suffice with the end of season play-offs.

The Rams home record of nine wins is only equalled by that of their opponents, who have managed to win five of their games away from Borough Park, drawing two and losing the other three.

But there are many games more to play, and whilst this match could hardly be described as a promotion decider, it will certainly help whichever side wins to cement their place at the top of the table.

Fans are asked to turn up a little earlier than usual as quite a number of ”neutrals” are expected to turn up for what promises to be a cracker.

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PREVIEW: City of Liverpool (A)

Having visited the HWRS towards the end of November, these two sides sat next to one another in the midway point of the table.

The Purps, however, returned back to Bootle with their tails between their legs having suffered a 5-0 hammering.

Little did they realise that this was the start of a terrific run by the Rams which has seen the club notch 25 goals in five successive home games.

In all the performance that Tuesday night was part of an unbeaten run that Ramsbottom are currently enjoying now covering eleven games, eight of which have produced victories, the latest seeing off higher league opponents Bamber Bridge in the Integro Cup on Tuesday evening.

That run has seen the Rams rocket up the table in to second position, just one point behind leaders Workington.

No doubt still smarting from that defeat, City of Liverpool, with their strong following, will be baying for blood in this return fixture as they still remain in the middle of the table (eleventh position) with 25 points from their twenty games, fifteen behind the Rams on equal games played.

The home side’s record at Bootle’s ground reads five wins, one draw and four defeats, whilst the Rams travels have levelled out at three wins, draws and defeats.

The recent run will see the visitors travel to Merseyside full of confidence, but this game promises to offer them a mighty challenge if they are return home with all three points and an opportunity to hit top spot in the table.

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For the second time in three months, Chris Willcock and his team have earned RAMSBOTTOM UNITED the accolade of BetVictor NPL North West Division “Club-of-the-Month”, this time for January.

Having been the recipients of the joint October/November prize, the clubs excellent record in January which produced six victories from the eight games played, saw them gratefully accept the latest award.

The engraved trophy and bottle of whiskey was presented to Chairman Harry Williams before Saturday’s 3-0 home win against Tadcaster Albion, by the NPL League representative Dominic McKenzie.

Club Chairman Harry Williams(left) receives the award from Dominic McKenzie of the BetVictor Northern Premier League

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PREVIEW: Droylsden (A)

The Rams make the short journey down the M60 for the return fixture against Droylsden from the lofty position of top of the League.

    Last week’s excellent win against previous table-toppers Workington put the club in it’s highest position since relegation from the Premier Division, with the trick now to stay there until the end of the season.

    Having lost their unbeaten twelve match run the previous game, the Rams showed no lack of confidence in deservedly defeating the Cumbrian side last week in front of a healthy crowd, so that optimism must be taken into the game at the Butchers Arms, as the home team will be determined to gain some sort of revenge for the 5-0 drubbing they received at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium back in December.

    The visitors will arrive in Tameside with an away record of five wins, three draws and four defeats, whilst the hosts boast a record at home of four wins, four draws and three defeats.

    So on the face of it, there appears to be little to choose between the two sides, and the Rams will not be overly-confident with their opponents thirteenth placing in the league, or their earlier victory.

    As manager Chris Willcock confirmed, a 1-0 win would be more than welcome, but the Rams will be hoping for a good support as this is one of the more local away games for the team.

    Being top of the table always brings it’s own pressures with most opponents looking to put one over on such sides, so a fair old battle could be expected down at the Butchers Arms.

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PREVIEW: Dunston (A)

The Rams prepare to travel up to Gateshead for a Tuesday evening game in the hope that the home side will at last be able to host another home game.

Dunston have had a number of home games postponed, including the original fixture against the Rams back in November.

As a result, they have only managed to complete seven home league games to date, and have a record of three wins and two draws and defeats apiece.

The Rams, on the other hand, have won five times on their travels, the latest being at Brighouse Town on Saturday which ensured they remained in second place, one point behind leaders Workington, who come to the HWRS on Saturday.

A win in the north east could see the Rams sitting on top of the pile ahead of the much-anticipated clash with the former League club.

Dunston, as a result of playing four games less than Ramsbottom, sit in a misleading fifteenth spot with twenty-one points from their eighteen games, but will have the advantage of a home match against a side that has to endure a long midweek journey up on a Tuesday afternoon.

Confidence is high amongst the Rams squad, as shown by the way they overcame the disappointment of conceding two early second half goals at Brighouse to dig in and grind out an important three points.

Another three points would make that journey home seem so much shorter.

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Ramsbottom United is looking to recruit a GROUNDSMAN to oversee all aspects of the playing surface at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

The semi-professional club plays in the BetVictor Northern Premier League, and requires someone to oversee all aspects of the pitch to ensure that it remains in excellent condition throughout the season, as well as overseeing remedial work, normally carried out during the summer months.

The position is permanent with hours to be discussed.

For further details, applicants are asked to contact the Chairman, Harry Williams, directly on 07849 686374.

All applications will be treated in strict confidence.