REPORT: Clitheroe 1 Rams 2

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 9th March 2019

CLITHEROE 1 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 2

Attendance: 291

Report by Adam Clark

If there was a game to have goals in it. It would be this one, The last 5 meetings between these clubs have produced 23 goals an average of just over 4 goals a game but today’s game wasn’t the case with only 3 goals in it.

The Rams made 5 changes from the team that lost 1-0 at home to Widnes last week, Luke Thompson, Anthony Donaldson, Eddie Moran, Jamie Rother & Ruben Jerome all dropped out. Kelvin Lugsden, Jamie Rainford, Joel Bembo-Leta, Tom Schofield & Kieran Lugsden all came into the starting eleven

The hosts made 3 changes from there team that lost 3-0 to Chasetown last Saturday, Jordyn Fitton, Andreas Bianga & Harry Pratt dropped out & Ryan Botell, George West & Jacob Gregory came in.

The first shot for the Rams came in the opening minutes, Tom Schofield took a chance from the edge of the area but it was easily saved by Clitheroe keeper Ben Purdham.

Schofield had another chance 11 minutes later when he headed a Tom Kennedy corner just wide of the right-hand post.

Clitheroe had there first set piece on 19 minutes when they had a free kick just inside the Rammy half but as the ball floated into the box referee Michael Herzog spotted a foul on a Rams defender.

The Rams were knocking on the door for a goal within the first 30 minutes, Evangelinos could have had a hat trick, two of his previous shots went over the bar but this one on 29 minutes was saved easily by Clitheroe’s keeper.

The Rams finally got their breakthrough on 36 minutes when Jamie Rainford broke the deadlock with a close-range shot after he brought it down well in the area to put the Rams 1-0 up.

Clitheroe were back on level terms within 3 minutes, former Ram Max Hazeldine looped the ball over the head of Sam Ashton from around 12 yards out.

Nothing much happened in the final five minutes of the first half, Tom Kennedy had a free kick easily saved and both teams went in level at the break.

HALF TIME: Clitheroe 1 Rams 1

Clitheroe had a free kick within the opening three minutes of the first half, it was well saved by Ashton but the Clitheroe attacker was offside.

Antonie Reizac wanted a penalty just two minutes later but his appeals were turned down by the referee.

The Rams got back in front on 56 minutes when Jamie Rainford got his brace, his shot came from just outside the box and into the bottom corner.

The Rams made the first sub on 61 minutes, Kyle Jacobs came off for Eddie Moran & shortly after that the second sub was made Jason Carey came off in place of Ruben Jerome.

The Rams nearly had a chance to put themselves 3-1 up when the referee gave a penalty for a handball against Michael Wilson but then the referee & his assistant had a discussion on the touchline and it was deemed a Ramsbottom attacker was offside as the ball travelled into the box.

Jamie Rainford went for his hat-trick, four minutes from time but his shot was just wide.

Nothing to note happened in additional time apart from a Tom Kennedy booking for a late foul on Clitheroe sub Harry Blackburn.

The Rams could head back across Lancashire with all 3 points and moving up two places to 4th in the Evo Stik West Division.

FULL TIME: Clitheroe 1 Rams 2

Rams boss Chris Willcock said post-match that “I was pleased, we've got back to winning ways after a couple of defeats, I thought overall the in first half we generally controlled the game, created some good half chances, we look a threat from set pieces & we were pleased to get our noses in front and I was then hoping for us to kick on"

“Second half we came out and the conditions played quite a part today it was a stiff breeze, both teams found it difficult to get out and play some decent football, I thought the pitch let us down at times when we got ourselves into good areas, but obviously they made a mistake and Rainford does what he’s been doing well over his career and gets a brace which is pleasing and we come away with the points which overall we thoroughly deserved

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Rams: Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs (Moran 63’), Bembo-Leta, Ellison, Kelvin Lugsden, Carey (Jerome 66’), Schofield, Rainford, Kieran Lugsden,Evangelinos

Unused Subs: Rother, Donaldson & Osi-Efa