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REPORT: Ramsbottom United 0-1 Walshaw Sports


TUESDAY 17th JULY 2018


Report by Adam Clark

Ramsbottom United took to the field on Tuesday evening for the second time this pre-season, Rammy boss Mark Fell has worked hard in getting this pre-season game on as many clubs around the local area have been having pitch issues due to the warm weather we’ve been having.

This game was played at Bolton Arena next to the Macron Stadium, the Rams took to the field against Walshaw Sports a team from the 7th tier of non-league football. The last time we have these two teams playing on record was on the 19th November 1994 in the Whitbread Cup – The Rams winning that one 2-0.

1st HALF

The Rams started brightly in the first twenty minutes of the game shots from Jerome Wright & Dominic Marie were blocked by Walshaw ‘keeper Josh Dalton. Walshaw went 1-0 up two minutes before the half hour mark, Former Rammy man Carl Lomax ran through on goal and slotted home into the bottom corner of the net.


2nd HALF

Wholesale changes were made throughout the second half – it was actually hard to work out who was on the pitch. Rammy’s best chance to level the scores came in the first and only minute of second half stoppage time when Ryan Ellison brother of Kevin was fouled in the box by a Walshaw defender. Ryan brushed himself down and took the penalty but it was saved well by Walshaw keeper Josh Dalton. Not a great night for the Rams but credit to Walshaw Sports they came with a plan to win the game and it certainly worked and were the better side on the night.



Ramsbottom United Starting Eleven: Sam Ashton, Rob Henry, Luke Thompson, Trialist, Phil Dean, Tom Kennedy, Trialist, Luke Jordan, Jerome Wright, Dominic Marie, Lee Gaskell.

Subs included: Nicolae Stinca (who played second half in goal), Dean Stott, Ryan Ellison, Harry Foulds, Jamie Rother, Tom Brooks & four trialists.

Walshaw Sports Starting Eleven: Josh Dalton, Marc Duffy, Joe Newton, Ash Oprah, Lee Chapman, Peter Gallacher, Josh Alexander, Greg Wills, Carl Lomax, Adam Nutall, Martin Love.

Subs included: Sailm Yasser, Robin Greenwood, Connor Gatley, Ollie Hafield-Barton plus trialists.

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FA Cup & FA Trophy draw news

Ramsbottom United are out of luck when it comes to the FA Cup and FA Trophy early rounds. In The FA CUP, The Rams enter at the preliminary Round stage on Saturday 25th August with a trip down the M6 to fellow- Evo-Stik West side Kidsgrove Athletic. In the Preliminary Round of the FA TROPHY, it’s a tough tie away at the winners of the previous round Trafford or Colne, with the game taking place on Saturday 13th October.

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Jack Higgs signs for the Rams

Ramsbottom United have continued their summer recruitment with the signing of Jack Higgs.

The 25 year old arrives with an impressive pedigree including spells at Histon in the National League South and Enfield Town at step 3. Jack was also part of the St Ives team that won promotion from step 4 to step 3. Clearly these teams aren’t North West based, Jack is originally from Essex and moved to Manchester last year for work, he played a handful of games for Glossop at the end of last season. Jack has featured in most of the friendlies so far and was on the scoresheet last night with the Rams equaliser against Fleetwood Town.

Rams boss Mark Fell says the midfielder had been on the Rams radar for some time, “I got a couple of reports about how good he looked last season, so we had a chat in the summer and he was keen to settle down at Rammy. He’s a classy midfielder and with every game and training session he’s getting fitter. He’s been great in the dressing room and the lads have really taken to him.”

Higgs wasn’t short of offers in the summer, but the Rams ambition made his switch to the Riverside a straightforward one. “When I spoke to the gaffer and saw how the club operate from a football professionalism perspective it was a no brainier. It’s a great club with a passionate fanbase and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Higgs, pictured during his spell at Enfield, can be next seen for the Rams at Nelson on Saturday, KO is 2pm. He is also available for player sponsorship, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

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Fixture Change Due To The FA Trophy

FIXTURE NEWS: Our scheduled game with Widnes FC on September 29th has been postponed due to Widnes' involvement in the FA Trophy on that date. New date is to be confimed in due course.

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Dominic Marie signs for the Rams.

Ramsbottom United has further bolstered their 18/19 squad with the addition of Dominic Marie. The 23 year old striker arrives from Hyde where he won promotion last season. The 6ft 3 frontman was plucked from Winsford as a teenager to sign for Halifax and has also had spells with Marine and Prescot before helping Hyde achieve a place in the Evo-Stik premier division last term. Rams boss Mark Fell was pleased to welcome the forward to the club and indicated that this wouldn’t be the end of the summer signings; “We’re still actively recruiting and are very close to at least one other major signing. Dom has fantastic attributes and has scored goals at this level and above, we’ve been without a real pacey number 9 for a while now and in Dom we think we’ve found the answer. He’s very professional in his approach and dedicated, he needs to settle at a club and get his head down, we think he’s going to be a great addition” Rams fans will get their first glimpse of Marie when he is expected to feature against Chester next Tuesday night in a pre-season friendly.

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Friendly Wanted this Tuesday

We had arranged a first team away friendly for Tuesday but it looks like the hot weather will rule it out, so if anyone else is able to host us on Tuesday please get in touch ASAP.

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2018/19 fixtures announced

The Rams fixtures for the 2018/19 season have today been announced

We welcome Evo-Stik League newcomers Market Drayton Town on August 18th at 3pm

We play local-rivals Radcliffe: At Home on 26th December & Away on 22nd April

Also our other rivals Atherton Colls we face them at Home on August Bank Holiday Monday & Away on New Years Day

The Final Day of the Season will be a home game with Kidsgrove Athletic

Full Fixtures Below:

Sat Aug 18 Market Drayton Town H

Tue Aug 21 Colne A

Sat Aug 25 Kidsgrove Athletic A (Emirates FA Cup Prelim)

Mon Aug 27 Atherton Collieries H

Sat Sep 1 Mossley A

Sat Sep 8 Emirates FA Cup 1Q

Tue Sep 11 Kendal Town H

Sat Sep 15 Leek Town A

Wed Sep 19 Integro Cup 1

Sat Sep 22 Clitheroe H or Emirates FA Cup 2Q

Tue Sep 25 Trafford H

Sat Sep 29 Widnes A

Tue Oct 2 Prescot Cables A

Sat Oct 6 Chasetown H or Emirates FA Cup 3Q

Sat Oct 13 Buildbase FA Trophy Prelim

Sat Oct 20 Glossop North End H or Emirates FA Cup 4Q

Sat Oct 27 Buildbase FA Trophy 1Q

Wed Oct 31 Integro Cup 2

Sat Nov 3 Skelmersdale United A

Sat Nov 10 Newcastle Town H or Emirates FA Cup 1/ Buildbase FA Trophy 2Q

Sat Nov 17 Colwyn Bay A

Sat Nov 24 Droylsden A or Buildbase FA Trophy 3Q

Sat Dec 1 Runcorn Linnets H or Emirates FA Cup 2

Wed Dec 5 Integro Cup 3

Sat Dec 8 Kidsgrove Athletic A

Sat Dec 15 Colne H or Buildbase FA Trophy 1

Sat Dec 22 Market Drayton Town A

Wed Dec 26 Radcliffe H

Tue Jan 1 Atherton Collieries A

Sat Jan 5 Leek Town H or Emirates FA Cup 3

Sat Jan 12 Clitheroe A Buildbase FA Trophy 2

Sat Jan 19 Glossop North End A

Sat Jan 26 Skelmersdale United H or Emirates FA Cup 4

Wed Jan 30 Integro Cup 4

Sat Feb 2 Newcastle Town A or Buildbase FA Trophy 3

Sat Feb 16 Colwyn Bay H or Emirates FA Cup 5

Sat Feb 23 Trafford A or Buildbase FA Trophy 4

Sat Mar 2 Widnes H

Sat Mar 16 Chasetown A or Emirates FA Cup 6 / Buildbase FA Trophy Semi-Final (1)

Sat Mar 23 Prescot Cables H or Buildbase FA Trophy Semi-Final (2)

Sat Mar 30 Runcorn Linnets A

Sat Apr 6 Droylsden H or Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final

Wed Apr 10 Integro Cup Final

Sat Apr 13 Kendal Town A

Sat Apr 20 Mossley H

Mon Apr 22 Radcliffe A

Sat Apr 27 Kidsgrove Athletic H

Sat May 18 Emirates FA Cup Final

Sun May 19 Buildbase FA Trophy Final
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Goalkeeper Coach Needed!

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Nelson game kick off time changed!

Please note that due to a function being held at Nelson's ground, next Saturday (28th July) our pre-season game at Nelson will kick off at 2.00pm (NOT 3pm)

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Tom Kennedy signs for the Rams

Ramsbottom United are delighted to secure the signing of Tom Kennedy. The 32 year old arrives with over 400 football league games behind him for the likes of Bury, Rochdale, Leicester City and Barnsley. Last season he helped Bangor City to runners up spot in the Welsh Premier League.

A left full back by trade, but equally comfortable in a central midfield role, Greenmount-based Tom put pen to paper as he joined up with his new teammates at last night’s training session and Rams boss Mark Fell believes the capture to be a significant one.

“We wanted some more streetwise experience, we wanted a couple of real leaders to support us through tight games, and we wanted players who have a passion and desire for success, Tom meets every criteria. I met him a few weeks ago and was impressed with his attitude and outlook to the game, getting a player of this calibre is a major coup for this football club, I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Tom also spoke of the reasons why he chose the Rams for his summer move, “I’d made the decision that I was coming out of full time football at the end of last season and starting a new career, but I’ve still the hunger to play. Rammy is local for me, it’s a good standard and when I met the gaffer his plans were clear. I’m looking forward to getting pre-season under my belt and helping the club progress ultimately back the Evo-Stik Premier Division.”

Ramsbottom United manager Mark Fell (left) welcomes new signing Tom Kennedy.
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Pre Season: Fixture Update

On Saturday 14th July, We should have been travelling to Prestwich Heys but as their pitch won't be ready the game was called off. We will now instead travel to Burscough on that date with an 11am kick-off