The final score with all the goals coming in the last 10 minutes somewhat flattered a rather insipid Rams performance as they eventually saw off the challenge of North West Counties League outfit West Didsbury and Cholton in the Lancashire FA Trophy.
It is said that it is better to travel hopefully than arrive. Having won their last 5 games and securing 23 out of the last 27 points available, the question that is forming on the lips of all those in and around the Rams is whether their arrival in the Northern Premier League is the pinnacle of their journey up the football ladder or simply a continuation of an amazing upward trajectory.
Less is more! This result summoned a deep throated growl of defiance from players, management and visiting fans alike - who contributed at least a third of the attendance of 294.
Ramsbottom United twice came from behind to snatch all three points thanks to two goals in the last ten minutes.
This was a bad day in the depths of the Black Country for the Rams, who saw their unbeaten run going back to the balmy days of September brought to a pretty unceremonious end.
All winning teams have a good shape; each team without shape will find a way of losing. So it proved in the depths of the South Yorkshire coalfields on Saturday.
A disastrous first half saw Ramsbottom United crash out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle.
At the final whistle, the home crowd drifted away content with the thought that this was very much a point gained rather than two lost against a team who gave by far the most classy, compact and complete performances that the Rams have come up against so far this season.
Like the Napoleonic armies prior to reaching the gates of Moscow, Buxton had been unbeaten on their travels so far this season but found themselves similarly repelled at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, returning home disheveled, disheartened and thoroughly defeated.
With a record of five wins and five defeats from their first ten matches so far this season, the Rams have been slower to the draw than Gary Cooper at the OK Corral but will have come away from this fiercely contested match content with a point that puts them up into fifth position.
The Rams made the long journey to the north Yorkshire coast but returned empty-handed after losing out to a big physical Whitby Town team by two goals to nil.
The Rams will be glad to see the back of young Shane Bland, the Whitby goalkeeper. For the third game in succession, he repelled the Rams strike force like garlic repels vampires such that despite dominating the match from almost first kick to last, it was not until deep into time added on that the Rams finally broke the home team's resistance and only then in somewhat controversial circumstances.
It could have come as no surprise that two teams who had so far scored and conceded 101 goals between them already this season would serve up another multi-goal extravaganza in which attacking flair and panache was matched by some clueless and incoherent defending.
Ramsbottom United returned from their first ever visit to Ilkeston with a thoroughly deserved victory which saw them leap-frog their hosts in the table.
Ramsbottom United appear to be finding their feet at the higher level, as they tasted victory for the second time in a week.