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PREVIEW: Newcastle Town (A)

It’s a long-awaited return to Staffordshire and the home of Newcastle Town. The last time a Rams travelled there, in August, 2009, they returned on the back of a 5-0 thrashing, a worrying start for the new managerial duo of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.

Fortunately, they appear to have recovered from that nightmare debut pretty well!

The current Rams side travel down in the hope of gaining three more important League points as they target the six teams above them in what is becoming a fascinating campaign.

The hoists currently sit in 13th place with 31 points from their 25 games, but enjoyed an excellent away win at Trafford (where the Rams venture on Saturday), by two goals to nil, so will be in confident mood as they return home.

The Rams managed to sneak in a late winner on Saturday at home to a stubborn Colwyn Bay side, and are still to taste defeat on their travels in league fixtures under Chris Willcock.

The last three league games have been won by a margin of 12 goals to nil, with that excellent FA Trophy tie with AFC Fylde sandwiched in between.

No injury or suspension worries, with the exception of the long absence of Nialle Rodney, so a selection headache of the right sort for the boss as the Rams hope to return home with another valuable three point haul.

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PREVIEW: AFC Fylde (A)

Ramsbottom United travel to the Fylde coast for this the latest instalment of “The biggest game in the club’s history”!

The two sides battled the conditions at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium last Tuesday and produced a magnificent game of football that will long live in the memory of the 743 supporters who turned out on a miserable night.

They were certainly rewarded as the Rams twice came from two goals down to eventually take the lead before a late equaliser from the visitors saw the game end 5-5, with much attention around the footballing world focussed on it.

The Rams have now scored sixteen goals in their last three matches, although the momentum was thwarted on Saturday when their home game in the League against Newcastle Town was postponed due to the state of the pitch.

AFC Fylde, meanwhile, undertook the long trip to Maidstone United and returned with a point as the log-jam at the top of the National League shows no sign of evaporating.

So both teams will regard this Trophy replay as something they could have done without, as promotion remains the main aim, but the prestige of a run in the FA’s biggest non-league knock-out tournament has certainly raised the stakes with the possibility of a home match against either Carshalton Athletic or recent Football League side Barnet awaiting the winner in the Quarter-Final.

Whatever the result tomorrow, this Ramsbottom United team deserves all the plaudits for smashing through the club’s records, and a healthy following is expected at Mill Farm for a game that, should it be half as good as the one last week, will be well worth watching.


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PREVIEW: Colne (H)

The trip to Trafford on Saturday saw the Rams return with another well-earned three points, lifting them into the play-off positions.

That makes it five successive League victories with an amazing total scoreline of 22 for and 0 against.

This run is certain to be tested in this east Lancashire derby when Colne come to town looking to do the double over a Rams side that lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture during the first week of the season.

That game was under the guidance of former manager Mark Fell and much has changed since those early days.

The Rams squad is massively different, but Colne under the management of long-standing Steve Cunningham, are a team sure to give the home side a massive test, as games between the two over recent years have served up some tasty treats.

The League is so competitive this season, it’s almost impossible to predict the outcome, but the Rams are currently nine points adrift of leaders Atherton Collieries, but do have two games in hand. This is one of those, and three more points will significantly close that gap as the next two months offer much to be optimistic about.

There will be twists and turns between now and the end of April, and Ramsbottom United need to continue with their current form to stand a chance of that single automatic promotion spot.

Gates have started to increase, and the supporters, in fine vocal form of late, can do much to encourage the team to continue with the magnificent run.

Should be quite a test against Colne.

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JANUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH!

The Ramsbottom United supporters have cast their votes for the club’s Player-of-the-Month for what was a busy January.

A rare league defeat on the opening day at home to fellow-promotion seekers Atherton Collieries, gradually saw an improvement in form.

A 1-1 draw with another top end side Leek Town, was followed by a memorable FA Trophy game against high-flying Southern League side Weymouth. A last gasp equaliser at the harry Williams Riverside Stadium, saw the Rams complete a 550 mile round trip on the following Tuesday, to come home triumphant after a memorable 3-1 win in front of seventeen of those die-hard supporters.

Two big wins (5-0 at Glossop and 6-0 at home to Skelmersdale) followed to end the month on a high note. Judged the best performer of an excellent month for the team, was midfield star EDDIE MORAN, and he was presented with his trophy and case of beer from the League Drinks sponsor BOWLAND BREWERY.

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MATCH OFF (Sat 9/2)

Today's match vs Newcastle Town has been called off due to a Waterlogged pitch

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NEW SIGNING: Tom Schofield signs for the Rams

RAMS STRENGTHEN SQUAD FOR PROMOTION PUSH

Having enjoyed a record-breaking run in the FA Trophy, where, after twelve matches the Rams eventually exited the competition at AFC Fylde, the attention at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium now focuses on promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

With fourteen games to go between now and the end of April, manager Chris Willcock has strengthened his squad with the addition of 28 year old midfield player TOM SCHOFIELD.

He arrives from Trafford FC, although he has also played a number of games this season for Congleton Town.

His previous clubs include Colwyn Bay, Curzon Ashton and Witton Albion, so Schofield has plenty of experience at this level, and will be available for the trip to Newcastle Town on Tuesday evening, hoping to help push the club into a promotion spot in what is becoming a very congested top end of Evo-Stik West division.



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PREVIEW: Colwyn Bay (H)

Well what an entertaining ride the FA Trophy proved to be.

12 matches and over 1500 miles covered saw the Rams break all club records by reaching the last 16 (or 10 if you prefer coming into the replay) of the nationwide competition before bravely bowing out at EFL-chasing AFC Fylde on Tuesday night.

It’s been a great and profitable venture which will live in the memory for many years to come. But now, it’s a case of re-focussing back to the competition we all strived to win as we began the current campaign last August – The Evo-Stik West League.

This is the bread-and-butter, and minds now need to concentrate on making up the ground lost through the cup games.

Now lying in 8th position, games in hand could mean the Rams shooting into the play-off places, and a return to league action starts at the HWRS on Saturday when mid-table Colwyn Bay come to town.

Sitting below the Rams in tenth place, the Welshmen have played four games more, and, unusually, have a better away record than home. Five wins on their own soil compare to six on their travels, so they are obviously unaffected by the lengthy trips they have to make.

For the Rams, it’s a case of rolling up the sleeves and taking their recent fine league run further.

Amazingly, the Rams last league games have seen them win 6-0 against Skelmersdale and 5-0 away at Glossop, which is exactly the same score-line that the Bay won by at Glossop last Saturday.

Let’s hope for a bumper crowd as the players certainly deserve the backing of the town, and a three point haul will be most welcome as we look to an entertaining and possibly nail-biting last ten weeks of the season.


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PREVIEW: Trafford (A)

It’s back to the place where the Rams record-breaking FA Trophy run began, Trafford FC, this time for a League fixture.

On that day in October, with new manager Chris Willcock just installed, the home side took the lead in the opening minutes, leaving the Rams supporters fearing that a run in the Trophy would fizzle out at the first attempt, as was the case with the FA Cup.

However, as the game wore on, the visitors took control and eventually came away with a 2-1 victory to begin the epic run.

Less than three weeks earlier, under Mark Fell’s reign, the west Manchester side had returned home from the HWRS with all three points courtesy of a 1-0 league victory, and games between these two old foes have a habit of ending in either draws or narrow victories for either side.

So it will be interesting go see how the game goes this time, as the Rams are, well, ram-pant at the moment with four successive league victories, scoring 18 goals in the process and conceding none.

The latest triumph was in midweek at Newcastle Town, when a return to east Lancashire was accompanied by all three points after a scintillating 6-0 mauling of the Staffordshire outfit.

The same outfit that three days earlier had made the same journey that the Rams are doing on Saturday, to Trafford, from where they left with a precious 2-0 win.

Does that point to an easy win for Ramsbottom?

This is football, and anything can happen.

Trafford will still be smarting from that defeat, and a reasonably local derby may be just what they need to return to winning ways.

Ramsbottom United, on the other hand, will travel full of confidence on the back of their excellent run and late challenge for at least a play-off spot.

It looks like a fascinating game in prospect, and a good support from the Rams faithful could help to swing the game in favour of the visiting team.

A glorious, sunny day is forecast.

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

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GAME ON TONIGHT vs AFC FYLDE!

GAME ON! The pitch has passed its preliminary inspection but with rain forecast this afternoon the match referee will do a further inspection about 5pm to confirm that the pitch is still fit.