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PREVIEW: Ossett United (H)

After a month of inactivity, the Rams finally reappeared on the pitch on Saturday away to lowly Kendal Town.

In a somewhat understandably rusty performance, a late header from Luke Thompson saw the visitors return home with a welcome three points to keep up the pressure on League leaders Workington who lead the Rams by seven points and a superior goal difference, although the Lancashire side do have two games in hand.

Arriving for a rearranged game is the recently merged Ossett United team.

Struggling third from bottom of the table, Ossett have managed just one league away win all season, whilst the hosts have only dropped all three points once at home, so on the face of it, a home win looks highly likely.

However, as the Rams look to cling on to the coat-tails of Workington, Ossett will be determined to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle, and football being football, it all depends what happens on the night.

It’s now over a month since the home fans had a match to enjoy, so the hope is that the recent increases in attendance numbers can continue with home followers being tempted out of their armchairs to help the team continue with their push for promotion.

The extra support has been greatly appreciated by the team, and the fans can continue to be the “twelfth man” as the last few weeks of the campaign will determine which division the Rams will be in next season.

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PREVIEW: Kendal Town (H)

The Rams finally get back to match action for the first time in three weeks.

During that time, they have been dislodged from the top of the table by Workington, who enhanced that position at the expense of the visitors to the HWRS on Saturday, Kendal Town.

The Mintcakes, as they not surprisingly known, suffered an embarrassing 0-6 home defeat against the afore-mentioned Reds last Saturday, and will no doubt arrive in Ramsbottom with a semblance of pride restoration in place.

Their form this season has been disappointing and they currently sit next to the bottom with just 20 points from their 26 games, the same number as their hosts, who have at the same time acquired 55 points.

The home side’s form at the Riverside has been exceptional with eleven wins and just one draw and defeat apiece, whilst the visitors boast a slightly better away record than at Parkside Road, having won three times, drawing twice, but suffering defeat on eight trips.

The bookies would no doubt have this down as a home banker, but much will depend upon how the squad reacts to the enforced mid-winter break (well if the Premier League need one….!).

Providing the Rams come out all guns blazing, then a victory could well be on the cards, but the visitors will be looking to scramble away from the relegation battle, so are hardly likely to lie down.

The club is also looking to welcome many former players and management for a reunion day, which includes hospitality during the game and a Sportsman’s Dinner afterwards, and over eighty ex-Rams have promised to be there.

The hope is that they are able to enjoy a full day of nostalgia, and that the weather will clear up sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead.

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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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PREVIEW: Kendal Town (A)

It’s now FOUR weeks since Ramsbottom United kicked a ball in anger.

During this enforced lay-off, the Rams have been knocked off top spot by a Workington team that have appeared to have been immune to the incessant rainfall throughout February that has seen game after game postponed.

As a result, the Rams need to play “catch-up” as they have two games in hand over the new leaders, but are seven points, and a worse goal difference behind.

So the team will be raring to go as they make the trip up to south Cumbria to take on a struggling Kendal Town team.

The Mintcakes find themselves next to the bottom, and embroiled in a relegation scrap, having gained just 20 points from their 27 matches.

Their home form at Parkside Road has been disappointing, with eight defeats from thirteen games, whilst the visitors have managed six wins and three draws from their thirteen away trips.

Nialle Rodney is available for selection after re-joining the club last week – you will recall his time at Rammy last season ended with a horrific ankle injury - whilst another new name will be on the teamsheet, although in differing circumstances.

The name of Eddie Cooper may not be familiar, but the player will be. He has recently changed his name by deed poll from Eddie Moran.

So the Rams head up the M6 looking to get their promotion push back on track, with three points not just welcome, but essential.

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Ramsbottom United have made some changes to their squad since we were last in action on 8th February.

We are delighted to announce the return of winger, Nialle Rodney. Nialle re-joins the club from FC United of Manchester, he made 14 appearances scoring 6 goals for the Rams last season before an injury in the FA Trophy last December ended his season early.

Striker, Greg Daniels has left the club to join Cheadle Town, we wish Greg all the best for the future.

Don't forget we are back in action tomorrow at HOME to Kendal Town. Stay tuned for the match preview later today.

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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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What are the chances of watching live, THREE current champions from THREE different countries in a season?

Almost impossible you think?

What chance seeing all three in just FIVE DAYS?

Not possible?

Think again!

Ramsbottom United’s Matchday programme editor, as well as producing an excellent publication, is a massive fan of football, and willing to travel anywhere to get a game in.

But even he went beyond the call of duty when he achieved just that recently.

CRAIG DONALDSON firstly ventured over to the Etihad Stadium to watch the ENGLISH champions Manchester City beat West Ham United 2-0 in the Premier League on Wednesday 19th February.

Two days later he crossed the border into the Principality to watch WELSH champions TNS travel to Connah’s Quay Nomads in a crucial top of the table match that saw the home side come out on top in a wind-swept game, 1-0, to open up a four point gap.

Then on Sunday, it was up to north of the border to watch SCOTTISH champions Celtic take on his beloved Kilmarnock, but unfortunately for him, it ended in defeat for Killie by three goals to one.

As well as being heavily involved with the Rams, the Scot spends as much time as possible travelling home to watch his beloved Kilmarnock, but nothing gets in the way of any game of football, no matter where he happens to be.

To see three different League champions in action within five days surely must be some sort of record?

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MATCH OFF: Ossett United (H)

Today's home game against Ossett United has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date will be announced in due course

Please stay safe this weekend while Storm Dennis is at large.

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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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MATCH OFF: Kendal Town (H)

Today's Northern Premier League fixture against Kendal Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date will be announced in due course.

Next up for the Rams is a trip to Parkside Road to face Kendal Town on Saturday 7th March. Kick-off 3pm

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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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