The Rams made the journey over the M62 to take on relegation threatened Goole in their penultimate away match of the season.
GOOLE 4 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 2
Victoria Pleasure Grounds
Saturday 15 April 2017
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North
With newly appointed assistant manager Graham Lancashire taking his place in the dugout there was hope amongst the supporters that the eight game winless run could come to an end in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
There were two changes from the previous week's defeat to home to Ossett Town with Alaster Redmayne and Jamie Rother coming into the side at the expense of the absent Damian Green and Ryan Salmon who dropped to the bench.
On a sunny but very blustery day it was the home side that started the game with attacking intent in a game where defeat would have meant relegation for the Vikings.
Indeed it was Goole that took the lead on the quarter hour mark with a crisp strike from Billy Law that beat Dean Hardy to give the hosts the advantage in an opening period that was lacking in fluent football due in no small part to the windy conditions and poor playing surface.
After going behind the Rams started to gain more of a foothold in the match and created a couple of half chances but without tangible success.
Ramsbottom then slipped further behind on 33 minutes when a left footed corner from Goole's full back Steven Jeff swirled in the wind and somehow found its way into the net directly from the flag kick.
With half time approaching the Rams were given a way back into the game when Alaster Redmayne was fouled in the box when home stopper Max Dearnley dropped a ball into the box, made contact with young midfielder and the referee pointed to the spot. Inevitably up stepped Lee Gaskell to send the keeper the wrong way and get the visitors back into the game with the striker's seventh goal of the season and his 120th for the club.
The hosts held a 2-1 lead going into the half time break and hope was high amongst the travelling supporters that Ramsbottom could come away with something with an improved second half performance.
With no changes being made by either team the second half began positively with a Grant Spencer corner that Gaskell flicked a header the wrong side of the post and into the side netti
Almost immediately Goole went up the other end and the referee evened up the penalty count by penalising Dean Stott for a foul and from the spot, home striker Bobby Johnson sent Dean Hardy the wrong way to restore the hosts' two goal lead.
The Rams management decided to make a couple of changes around the hour mark with Max Hazeldine replacing Jamie Rother and Ryan Salmon replacing Gareth Seddon.
With the changes came probably the Rams best period of the game in regards to creating chances, Lee Gaskell again had the ball in the Goole net only to be flagged offside. Sadly the game was put out of the Rams when Goole's number 9 Danny Chambers hit a low shot from the left hand side of the box beating Dean Hardy to make the score 4-1 to the home side.
Regan Jarrett replaced Lee Gaskell on 81 minutes in the final change for the visitors. Ramsbottom did create some chances towards the end of the match, one of which resulted in Ryan Salmon scoring his 14th goal of the season on 84 minutes converting a Hazeldine through ball before drilling the ball past the keeper to reduce the arrears.
Unfortunately this did not spark a dramatic comeback and the Goole side collected the three points they needed to at least delay their impending relegation until their next fixture on Monday. This defeat was only the second the Rams have suffered away from home in 2017 but hopefully the clearly missing confidence will return in the remaining two games of the season.
This was a disappointing trip to the Victoria Pleasure Grounds which gave Goole only their fifth home victory of the season and extended Ramsbottom United's winless run to nine matches.
It is however worth acknowledging and without doubt the main positive of the day being the hour that Jamie Rother played on his first start of the season due to a long injury lay off sustained in preseason.
With only two fixtures remaining this season, a couple of wins against sides beneath the Rams in the table would be most welcome.
Goole: Max Dearnley, Jacob Stannard, Steven Jeff, Alex Varley, Sam Colbear, Rob Constable (capt), Derry Robson, Joel Dixon, Danny Chambers, Bobby Johnson, Billy Law. Subs: Charlie Shelley (for Chambers 82mins), Daniel Barrett (for Law 68mins), Nathan Modest (for Robson 77mins), Nathan Nysami-Hendji, Devonte Morton.
Ramsbottom United: Dean Hardy, Bradley Roscoe, Tom Murphy, Dean Stott, Luke Thompson, Paul Linwood, Grant Spencer, Jamie Rother, Lee Gaskell, Gareth Seddon (capt), Alaster Redmayne. Subs: Jack Corcoran, Max Hazeldine (for Rother 58mins), Regan Jarrett (for Gaskell 79mins), Ryan Salmon (for Seddon 63mins).
Referee: D. Jones
PAUL CROPPER HANGS UP HIS NOTEPAD
Paul Cropper has decided to put his reporting pad and pencil down after several seasons writing the Rams' match reports. We would like to thank him for his entertaining reports, which have been enjoyed and praised by so many, and for rising to the supporters' challenged of including particular words and themes in them!
Thanks also goes to our new reporter Jon Haslam, who, as you can see above, is a worthy replacement giving an interesting and informative take on the game.