REPORT: Rams 5 City of Liverpool 0

Bet Victor Northern Premier League North West Division

Tuesday 26th November 2019

Ramsbottom United 5 City of Liverpool 0

Attendance: 161

Report by Nigel Jepson

The overwhelming margin of this victory over serious fellow promotion contenders, City of Liverpool, amounted to a massive success for Ramsbottom United on the night, especially for the players but also the management and everyone connected with the club. For tonight’s performance illustrated beyond doubt what the team is capable of achieving when playing at its best.

At the start of play, with the two teams sharing an almost identical match record to date, in prospect it seemed a night of nail-biting tension as to the final outcome. However what might have been anticipated to be a close-fought encounter never materialised as such.

Despite any attacking intentions visitors City of Liverpool may have come with, the home team never let them get into the game. The growing strength and solidity of the midfield trio of Jamie Rother, Richie Baker and Eddie Moran pressed and squeezed the life out of the opposition. The Rams not only enjoyed much greater possession of the ball but used it to good effect with sweeping moves that constantly left the away team’s defence stretched to breaking point. Throughout the first half, Rammy’s strikers bore down on the Liverpool goal like an unstoppable tidal wave.

Tormentor in chief on the night was Iyrwah Gooden who teased and tortured full-backs down both flanks interchanging cleverly with fellow-winger Reece Fishwick to create regular havoc. Starting out on the left, Gooden had a stinging shot parried before soon after being pulled down in the area and captain Tom Kennedy tucked away the resultant spot-kick to make it 1-0 after 14 minutes. Next a move involving good work from Fishwick on the right ended up with Gooden drilling in a shot to make it 2-0 after 19 minutes.

At this point play was completely one-way and Nic Evangelinos was unlucky not to earn another penalty after looking to be upended in the box by a despairing defender. With Ben Hampton needing to be substituted due to injury just before half-time, Reuben Jerome took to the field to lead the line with the versatile Fishwick moving to right back.

Following half-time, City of Liverpool briefly threatened to come back into the game with a shot from Jason Jeffries striking the post. For the remainder of the second half though, it was again one-way traffic with the home team hitting back with a vengeance. A glorious exchange of passes between Moran and Gooden ended in the latter clinching the move with a decisive shot to extend the lead to 3-0 after 54 minutes.

Nic Evangelinos gave way to Daniel Nadiole. Meanwhile another sinewy run from Gooden set up Jerome who showed striker’s cool in finishing making it 4-0 after 78 minutes. Barely seconds after coming on to replace Rother, Josh Hmami joined the goalfest by heading in from a typically astute Kennedy set-piece delivery to make it 5-0 after 82 minutes.

While at the final whistle, the home team departed the field triumphant, the visitors left looking shell-shocked. The night’s victory took the Rams from 11th to 8th place and only one point off a play-off spot. This coming Saturday’s home match against high-flying team, Marske United, presents a fresh challenge but if they play with the same team spirit and verve displayed tonight, the team have every reason to look forward to that game with confidence.

Attendance on the night was 161 and it is hoped that figure will be much greater on Saturday. The team more than deserves support as it goes on mounting its impressive bid for promotion.

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Stewart, Hampson (Jerome 43'), Kennedy (capt), Moran, Thompson, Lugsden, Fishwick, Rother (Hmami 82'), Gooden, Baker, Evangelinos (Naidole 74').

Subs not used, Fawns, Jones

COMING UP: Saturday 30th December BetVictor NPL North West RAMS v Marske United 3.00pm