The Rams could, should and would have got a deserved point out of this game except for an unfortunate mishap by keeper Ashley Shenton. While never reaching the level of performance achieved at Colne, they will know that while to come away empty handed was very disappointing, defeats of this kind are always on the cards in a league in which away games are always a challenge and that the reverse can reasonably be seen as a blip in the upwards trajectory of performance and not a reverse into the despond of the early season.
This local derby served up a feast for the rain-sodden spectators on an otherwise miserable afternoon in east Lancashire.
The new look Ramsbottom United team fell to their first defeat of the season as they travelled up to Cumbria to take on Kendal Town.
Make no mistake - from 1 to 11 plus the subs, this was as near a flawless performance as there might be - and in the eyes of this observer the best performance since the great debacle of January 2015.
Match reports from two matches over the Bank Holiday weekend - a 2-2 draw with Burscough and the 0-4 reverse to Clitheroe.
The new look Ramsbottom United team kicked off the new season by finally banishing the blues that had surrounded the club over the last eighteen months.
Three points against a team even lower than the Rams in the league were absolutely essential if the progress in performance, albeit slow and patchy, over the last few games was to be taken as a credible sign of a steady climb up the league towards the play-off positions.
Ramsbottom United joint manager Mark Fell spoke to the website following the disappointing 0-4 Bank Holiday league loss to Clitheroe. Mark speaks out over the performance and offers some comfort with news of new signings on the horizon.
There has never been much doubt that the Rams have some very talented young footballers - unfortunately they have been too many in number, inexperienced and physically slight to compete or survive in the NPL. On Saturday though they came up against another team which if anything was even younger and more lightweight and dominated the game from first to last. As one of the long suffering Rams faithful commented after the match, it was boys against boys and the game was no worse off for that.
The feral growl of triumph that emenated from the throat of each Rams player at the final whistle followed by the sound celebratory banging of the changing room walls spoke eloquently of how much this win meant after a few trying weeks.
The early season optimism, driven by the new management set-up and squad, that was so evident after the opening day victory, has soured a little after two consecutive defeats.
Managerless following the resignation of Garry Vaughan earlier in the day, the Rams at last brought a halt to the long line of scoreless defeats with an, at best, creditable draw against fellow relegatees Colwyn Bay.