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PREVIEW: Runcorn Linnets (H)

An intriguing tie at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium as seventh placed Ramsbottom United host second in the league Runcorn Linnets.

Linnets are the club that rose out of the ashes of former Conference League side Runcorn FC, and after a number of years, finally escaped the clutches of the North West Counties League, where the newly-formed club were placed, last April as they clinched that hard-to-attain single promotion spot.

With a healthy support, the Linnets have settled into the higher league like a duck to water, and should provide a stern test for the ever-improving Rams, whose victory on Tuesday against Pickering Town in the FA Trophy was their thirteenth game in an impressive unbeaten run.

Runcorn are undefeated at home in the league, but on their travels have tasted defeat four times, whilst returning home victorious on the other five occasions.

Both sides will be focussed on those promotion places, and three points tomorrow would be a welcome boost for whoever manages to grind out a result.

An entertaining game looks to be on the cards, and the hope is that the missing Rammy fans, who had deserted the club during the reign of Mark Fell, will come back to witness what, if recent performances are anything to go by, some quality football from a Rams side that has quickly gelled under new boss Chris Willcock, and is producing the sort of attacking football that deserves bigger numbers coming through the gates.

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October Player of the Month - Nialle Rodney

PLAYER OF THE Month at Ramsbottom United for October, as voted for by the supporters, is newcomer NIALLE RODNEY.

Niall, who joined the club shortly after new Manager Chris Willcock, arrived from Wythenshaw Amateurs, having previously played in the Football League for Nottingham Forest and Bradford City.

In his three games during the month of October, he quickly made his presence felt, notching three goals, and he has become a firm favourite at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

He received his prize courtesy of Bowland Brewery, the Evo-Stik League’s Player-of-the-Month sponsor, before the FA Trophy replay against Yaxley, and within three minutes of the kick-off, put the Rams ahead from the penalty spot, on the way to a crushing 5-1 victory.

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Due to an FA enquiry into a player fielded in previous rounds of the FA Trophy by Kidsgrove Athletic, Ramsbottom United are unable to confirm when or where they will be playing in the next round of the FA Trophy.

The game was scheduled to be played next Saturday, 10th November, but we are unlikely to have a definitive answer as to who we will be playing or if we will be playing on Saturday until late on Wednesday morning.

One potential outcome of the FA ruling is that the Rams may be required to undertake a 4 hour journey on a Tuesday evening, which the club feels is totally unfair, and representations have already been made to the FA in this regard.

Until we have a definitive answer from the FA as to who our opponents will be and on what date, we have nothing further to add.

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PREVIEW: Pickering Town (H) - FA Trophy Replay

After a hard-fought 0-0 draw in north Yorkshire on Saturday, these two Evo-Stik League sides, one from each of the East and West Divisions, will fight it all out again on Tuesday evening at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, with a slightly delayed 8.00pm kick-off.

The Rams are currently on a twelve match unbeaten run, with eleven since the arrival of new manager Chris Willcock, whilst Pickering themselves have only tasted defeat once in the last nine outings.

So both sides come into this one in good form, and despite the score-line on Saturday, it was a well-contested end-to-end match that could have gone either way.

The Rams are the only side still in the competition from the Evo-Stik West league and will be hoping to carry the flag into the next round as the sole representatives.

Any assumption that the easy part has already been done (drawing away and bringing them home) can be dispelled, as the “Pikes” have a better record on the road, so the Rams will have to be on top of their game to make progress.

Luke Thompson returns having completed a one-match ban following his sending off in the League game at Colwyn Bay. Red card suspensions do not apply to any specific competition, however, which is why he had to serve his ban seven days later, irrespective of the competition.

The prize for the winning side is the long trip to Workington, which I suspect would not have been high on the list of anticipated ties for either side, but it is what it is, and the Reds are not having the best of seasons one tier higher, so who knows.

Cup football can be very unpredictable!

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PREVIEW: Skelmersdale (A)

The Rams, resurgent under new boss Chris Willcock, make the first of two visits in four days to Volair Park, home of Prescot Cables, who we meet there on Tuesday, to take on their tenants Skelmersdale United.

It’s well known the problems “Skem” have been facing with their eviction from the Stormy Corner ground earlier this year, and the fact they have been nomads in recent months.

However, news of a possible return to their home town in the foreseeable future has probably lifted a few clouds over the west Lancashire club.

On the field, their woes have continued, with just a single League victory for their troubles so far, but such games come under the banner of “banana skins”, and whilst they are looking for their debut win at Prescot this campaign, we will need to be wary of them and ensure that their opening three points has to wait a little longer.

Two potential additions to the squad are Friday signings Keiran Lugsden and Martin Parker, as the manager continues to rebuild the Rams team in an effort to climb the table with a view to securing at least a play-off spot come the end of the season.

On paper, this game looks winnable, but as we all know, football is not played on paper!

A healthy following will hopefully cheer the Rams on to another three points and an extension to the undefeated run.

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LIVE BLOG: Yaxley (H)

Our match blog for tonight's FA Trophy tie with Yaxley is below

The blog will start with Adam Clark at around 7pm tonight!

If for some reason you're having issues accessing the blog, please contact us via the club facebook page.

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The Rams face a ridiculously long Tuesday trip to Cambridgeshire, to take on Peterborough-based Yaxley in the next round of the FA Trophy.

The kick-off has been put back by 15 minutes in case of traffic problems on the near 320 mile round trip. Having beaten Trafford away and Frickley Athletic away to reach this stage, a game on the road should hold no fears following further success away to Skelmersdale United (3-0) and much-fancied Prescot Cables (4-0) in the League.

Yaxley sit 16th in the Southern League Division One North, with 11 points from 12 league games, so the Rams make the journey south with much optimism that they can proceed to the 3rd Qualifying round, and along with that, continue to boost the clubs’ coffers, with no home game scheduled for the whole of November, although that could change should the game be drawn, as the replay would be at the HWRS on Tuesday 20th.

The winners of the tie will travel to etiher AFC Mansfield or Pickering Town on Saturday 24th November


In2itive Park

Leading Drove, Off Holme Road

Yaxley. Peterborough


Admission Prices - Adults £8, Concessions £4, U12's Free.

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The Rams have made many changes to the squad since the arrival of Chris Willcock - Here are the player proflies of the players recently signed by the manager

Nialle Rodney- began his professional career with Nottingham Forest. He then went on to play for Bradford City, Lincoln City, AFC Telford and Hartlepool, with a few loan spells in between. Nialle retired from the professional game in 2014 to pursue a career in business. A love for football found him turning out for a few local sides before ending up at Wythenshawe Amateurs where he impressed and caught the eye of the new manager. Nialle is an attacking forward who can play on either side and scored a header on his debut against Trafford.

Louis Rowe- after making his way through various age groups as a Striker at Barnsley FC and regularly impressing for the under 23’s Louis signed his first professional contract aged 18. He was released by the club in the Summer of 2018. With several offers to get back in to the game Louis accepted the call from Ramsbottom. Last year Louis was also called up the Republic of Ireland U19 squad.

Nico Evangelinos- Nico joins Ramsbottom after a very successful season with Ashton United, in which he scored several high profile goals including a goal in the EvoStik Premier Division playoff final victory over Grantham. Before Ashton, Nico plied his trade in the North West Counties playing for West Didsbury and Chorlton. Nico is a forward who is dangerous in any attacking role.

Eddie Moran- Eddie is a familiar face to the Rammy faithful as well as to the new Manager. Eddie was a key part of Chris Willcock’s 2015 Glossop team that won the North West Counties double and played at Wembley in the FA Vase final. After leaving Ramsbottom last year Eddie has been playing for Wythenshawe Amateurs.

Khalil Osi-Efa- A 21 year old defensive midfielder, Kal was brought to the club by Assistant Manager Lee Donafee who spotted him playing at County level in Merseyside. Kal has been on the books at Tranmere, Bolton Wanderers and Everton.

Tony Donaldson- A 20 year old quick and crafty central midfielder who is not one to shy away from a tackle. Tony began his career at Skelmersdale before signing a professional deal with Doncaster Rovers in 2017. After spells with Telford, Runcorn Linnets and Widnes Tony ended up at Marine before joining Rammy last week.

Joel Bembo Leta- The 25-year-old Congolese-born centre-back Joel Bembo-Leta joins from Glossop North End. The versatile Bembo-Leta is an imposing 6'2" defender who can play across a range of positions including centre back, defensive midfield and right back. He has represented the likes of Buxton, Altrincham, Droylsden and Marine AFC in his career to date, having begun his career with Stalybridge Celtic where he made over 150 appearances, scoring 6 goals.

Ruben Jerome- Ruben joins from AFC Emley after spells with Warrington Town, Brighouse Town and Southport. Ruben can play on the wing or as a centre forward. With a keen eye for goal he will be a big positive as the team looks to climb the table.

Craig Hindle- a left sided player who was spotted whilst playing amateur football in a Manchester league. He has appearances for a few teams in the North West Counties including Abbey Hey.

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PREVIEW: Pickering Town (A) - FA Trophy

Having successfully seen off Southern League side Yaxley in the 2nd Qualifying round replay, the Rams head off to north Yorkshire for the 3rd Qualifying round tie at Evo-Stik East side Pickering Town.

Confidence will be high after the 5-1 hammering of the Cambridgeshire side on Tuesday, and once more, as well as making progress on the field, another useful cash windfall is on offer as the Rams meet their opponents for the first time.

Out of the side is Luke Thompson, suspended after his dismissal at Colwyn Bay last week, whilst Joel Bembo-Leta, Jamie Rainford and Kelvin Lugsden are all cup-tied. However, such is the strength of this new-look Rammy squad, their absence should easily be covered and a strong side is guaranteed to take the field against a side whose home league record this season is disappointing.

Currently sitting in 13th spot in the equivalent league east of the Pennines, Town have lost four and won just one at their Recreation Club home, whilst the Rams are currently on an eleven game unbeaten run. But, as with all cup games, form can fly out of the window, so the Rammy fans can do their bit to support the lads by turning up in numbers.

A coach will leave the ground at 10.15 on Saturday morning and the fare is the usual £12, which represents excellent value for the 200 mile round trip.

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PREVIEW: Yaxley (H) - FA Trophy Replay

Southern League strugglers Yaxley make the long journey up to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Tuesday for the replay of this 2nd Qualifying round FA Trophy tie, after the two teams drew in Cambridgeshire last Tuesday.

The Rams know just what a journey it is between the two clubs, and Yaxley will certainly not be relishing the trip, especially on their current form which sees them sitting just outside the relegation places.

The Rams on the other hand, are now on a ten game unbeaten run, and the latest victory at Colwyn Bay on Saturday strengthened their fourth place position in Division One West.

The turnaround since Chris Willcock came in as manager has been quite amazing, and a run in the trophy not only builds this new look squads’ confidence, but also bolsters the club’s finances.

Pickering Town await the winners on Saturday, a ridiculously late decision for the north Yorkshire club, not helped by the intransigence of the FA regarding the complications behind this particular tie.

So whilst the Rams will go into the game looking to make progress, the visitors will be hoping to make the return journey to Peterborough as short as possible, and, amazingly, a return home with a victory usually does that. The Rams need to beware!

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, there will be an additional 30 minutes of extra time, followed if necessary by penalties, as the tie must be concluded on the night.


All the match details in the poster below:

Live commentary of the match will be available on

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This afternoon the draw was made for the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round.

The Rams will travel to Kidsgrove Athletic or Yaxley on Saturday 10th November at 3pm

Their First Qualifying Round tie has yet to be played due to an FA enquiry.

We will update you on the progress of the FA Enquiry

More details to follow once the opponent has been decided