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REPORT: Atherton Collieries 1-3 Ramsbottom United

Report by Aaron Benson

Rams make most of ground swap as they take all three points on the road.

The Rams made three changes to the side that held Kidsgrove in the FA Cup last Saturday. Nathan Brown, Lee Gaskell and Jack Higgs came into the side replacing Alex Downes, Luke Jordan and the injured Dean Stott.

The Rams showed why life on the road has been tough in recent months as Atherton immediately had Rammy on the back foot.

The forward line for Atherton consisting of Ben Hardcastle, Adam Farrell and Connor Gaul gave Mark Fell’s side a few scares early on creating some dangerous chances that threatened Sam Ashton in the Rammy goal. The home side looked particularly dangerous early on, however failed to work the Rammy keeper properly into a save.

Right back Dave Sherlock was the leading problem for as Rammy as Atherton pressed for an opener, his overlapping runs and crosses lead to Farrell’s header over the bar whilst Hardcastle dictated play from the midfield with great affect.

It wasn’t till the 20th minute that the Rams had a shot on goal. A Lee Gaskell free kick flew straight into Atherton keeper Jack Cookson’s arms.

However it wasn’t long till the Rams had something to celebrate. Jack Higgs made the most of his return to the side, firing home from close range after a well-taken free kick from Jerome Wright landed at the feet of Higgs who put Rammy a goal ahead.

It took just five minutes more for Fell’s men to double their lead. Luke Thompson was brought down in the box giving Wright the opportunity to double the away sides lead from the spot. The penalty was one of perfection, chipped over Atherton keeper Jack Cookson as the Rams went into half time with what seemed a comfortable lead.

Half Time: Atherton Collieries 0-2 Ramsbottom United

The home side came straight out of the blocks in the second period, within minutes halving Rammy’s lead. From a free kick, Danny Lafferty hit the post before Hardcastle turned in the re-bound, reacting quicker than any Rammy player to the ball smashing home, opening up the possibility of a dramatic second half comeback.

The Rams survived the second half pressure that Atherton provided, the solid back four of Henry, Dean, Ellison and Thompson holding out superbly as Atherton gained momentum from the early second half goal.

However it was Ramsbottom who scored the winning goal in the most bizzare of ways. Winger Nathan Brown’s free kick flew past everyone before beating Cookson in the Atherton goal. Only the tricky winger could tell us whether it was a cross or a shot, however sent the Rams on their way to a much-valued three points.

The home side threw caution to the wind in the final stages. Vincent Bailey’s shot was well saved by Ashton whilst at the other end Rammy sub Ben Deegan could have rubbed salt into Atherton’s wounds but could only fire over the bar.

Rammy held out for a well earned three points. Boss Mark Fell was particularly pleased. ‘You want to get off to a flying start, I though the lads were excellent, we had enough quality in the team to create those opportunities.

‘From my perspective we were resililant when we needed to be but we still had the quality to score the goals and see the game out’.

FT: Atherton Collieries 1-3 Ramsbottom United

Teams: Ramsbottom United- Ashton, Dean, Henry, Thompson, Ellison, Brooks (Downes 87'), Brown, Rother, Gaskell (Deegan 73'), Higgs (Jordan 65'), Wright

Unused subs: Hart, Robertson

Attendance - 288

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REPORT: Rammy 3 Fleetwood Town XI 2

Rammy Victorious Against Brave Young Cod Army

Ramsbottom United 3 – 2 Fleetwood Town XI

Tuesday 24th July 2018

Report by Chris Stringer

On a fine Lancashire evening it was The Rams that came out victorious against a young Fleetwood XI side. It was the home side that started most lively and, in the first minute, trialist (no. 8) went close from the edge of the area; his shot fizzed past the left-hand post.

The first 10 minutes of the game were characterised by a strong midfield battle. Rammy’s strength was matched by the slick pace of the Cod Army. Indeed, it was the visitors who looked most likely to make something happen. Ramsbottom came under the cosh on several occasions but the defence held out well – Ellison looked confident at the back and kept the back line of 4 well organised.

The Fleetwood right back, Harrison Holgate, was causing a lot of trouble, with Ramsbottom trialist (no. 3) appearing to struggle at times to deal with his pace. This was particularly evident in the 27th minute when he found Metete in the middle of the box. The midfielder failed to make a solid contact and Sam Ashton easily collected the ball. Holgate looked to be the real creator on the right wing and it was to Ashton’s relief that Ellison and Thompson were communicating well and alert – Fleetwood’s strikers were given very little time on the ball.

Rammy may have been back in the dressing room a few minutes too early when Fleetwood took the lead on the brink of half time. The defence failed to adequately clear danger following an attack from the visitors and the ball fell to Ged Garner who hit a venomous shot from 30 yards out. Ashton did manage a hand to the ball, but it would have taken an exceptional goalkeeper to keep that one out. The visitors walked in ahead at half time and looked good value for their lead.

HALF TIME: Ramsbottom United 0 – 1 Fleetwood Town (Garner 41’)

Fleetwood started the second half with an air of confidence about them and looked to be knocking the ball about nicely. It was clear, however, that The Rams had been fired up at half time. The first real chance of the half fell to Phil Dean who hit a strong shot towards the bottom left corner; the Fleetwood goalkeeper (Trialist no. 1) got in the way of the ball but unconvincingly parried the ball in front of him. A nervy mishap from the visitors who were fortunate that the home side were slow to react.

As the half progressed, Ramsbottom took a grip of the game and started to pull together some nice moves. Dom Marie and Trialist (no. 8) looked to be a real threat to the visitors’ defence. In the 63rd minute The Rams had their best chance of the game when a corner from the left went into the 6-yard area and the resulting scramble saw the ball cleared off the line.

The home side were finally rewarded for their hard work in the 70th minute when Trialist (no. 8) capitalised on a defensive mishap to smash the ball into the bottom corner to level the scores. This followed some good pressing from Marie, whose mazy runs were causing Fleetwood a lot of trouble.

Just 5 minutes later, Rammy almost took the lead thanks to another mazy run by Marie who beat several players and slotted the ball under the goalkeeper. The striker was unlucky to see his attempt hit the upright.

Fleetwood had looked the fitter side through most of the game, but as the game came into its final 10 minutes it was the home side who had the momentum with them. The strength and determination of The Rams was admirable, and they were finally rewarded for their excellent second half performance in the 86th minute when the ball was played over the top to Marie who shrugged off his defenders and he calmly slotted the ball under the goalkeeper. 2 -1.

Just 4 minutes later, Ellison doubled the home sides lead when Harry Foulds curled a well-placed freekick into the penalty area. The defender caught the inexperienced visitors ball watching to nod home. With the final kick of the game, Sam O’Halleron hit a fine strike from 25 yards into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. This proved to be little more than a consolation for the visitors, as Rammy left the field with their first victory of the preseason.

FULL TIME: Ramsbottom United (Trialist (no. 8) 70’, Marie 86’, Ellison 90’) 3 – 2 Fleetwood Town (Garner 41’, O’Halleron 90’)

Ramsbottom United: 1. Sam Ashton, 2. Trialist (Henry 45’), 3. Trialist, 4. Trialist Brookes 45’), 5. Luke Thompson, 6. Ryan Ellison, 7. Luke Jordan, 8. Trialist (Foulds 88’), 9. Trialist (replaced by Marie 45’), 10. Jerome Wright (Trialist (no.16) 88’), 11. Phil Dean.

Subs: 12. Tom Brookes (45’), 14. Harry Foulds (88’), 15. Rob Henry (45’), 16. Trialist (88’), 17. Dom Marie (45’)

Fleetwood Town XI: 1. Trialist (Clayton 56’), 2. Harrison Holgate, 3. Ryan Rydel, 4. Dylan Boyle (Goldsborough 82’), 5. James Hill (Steer 78’), 6. Lewis Baines, 7. Carl Johnstone, 8. Jay Metete, 9. Kian Makepiece, 10. Ged Gardner, 11. Shayden Morris (Mashigo 64’)

Subs: 12. Jamie Cook, 13. Alex Clayton (46’), 14. Katalego Mashigo (64’), 15. Sam O’Halleron , 16. Liam Goldsborough (82’), 17. Kai Steer (78’)

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Rams fail to cling on at Colls

Ramsbottom United played their penultimate league fixture of the season on Thursday night as they made the trip to League Cup finalists Atherton Collieries.

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Sub goals leave Rams empty-handed

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REPORT: Kidsgrove 1 Ramsbottom United 1

Mark Fell made 3 changes to the team that played against Colne on Tuesday. Nathan Brown & Alex Downes missed out as they are cup tied and Dominic Marie dropped to the bench. Tom Brooks, Jerome Wright and Rob Henry returned to the side.

Kidsgrove could have had their first chance in the opening five minutes but Jordan Cole fouled Rammy’s no 6 Ryan Ellison.

Kidsgrove’s best chance so far came on eight minutes when Alex Lingard ran down the left hand side and fired his shot across goal.

Phil Dean tried his luck with a long range effort, 25 minutes into the game but it went well wide.

Kidsgrove took the lead on 31 minutes when there skipper Ant Malbon scored from just outside of the 6 yard box with a left footed shot into the back of the net. Kidsgrove 1 Rammy 0

Not many chances graced the last 15 minutes of the 1st half apart from a Luke Jordan header on 43 minutes which was claimed by the goalkeeper

The first 10 minutes of the 2nd half started like the first half ended for the Rams, until Luke Thompson’s header was cleared away by the Kidsgrove defence.

Jerome Wright crossed for Luke Jordan, seven minutes later but it was intercepted by the Kidsgrove keeper.

Three minutes later, Kidsgrove’s Lewis Bergin goes down with a serious knee injury he was stretchered off. Oliver Jepson came on in his place – we wish Lewis all the best.

On 73 minutes, Sam Ashton made a great save to deny Alex Lingard could have easily been 2-0 to Kidsgrove.

Eleven minutes from time, Jerome Wright was fouled in the box by Rhys Thompson. Jerome stepped up and converted from 12 yards. Kidsgrove 1 Rammy 1

Rammy & Kidsgrove had chances into the final 5 minutes of normal time but none of them were converted.

With two minutes to go, Rammy skipper Dean Stott hit the advertising boards on the side of the pitch after colliding with Kidsgrove’s Rhys Thompson, he had to be stretchered off and has been treated by the local ambulance service – we will keep you up to date with Dean’s condition in the coming days.

The referee played eight added minutes but neither side could convert a chance. So the two teams will go again, a week on Tuesday (4th September) at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.



Ramsbottom United – Ashton, Henry, Dean, Stott, Thompson, Ellison, Jordan, Brooks, Deegan, Rother, Wright

Subs – Gaskell, Higgs, Robertson, Marie

Subs made –

Brooks off. Gaskell on – 78 mins

Rother off. Higgs on – 80 mins

Stott off. Marie on – 89 mins

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REPORT: Rammy 0 Blackburn 3


Ramsbottom United V Blackburn U23s

Saturday 21st July 2018

Pre-Season Friendly

Report by Damien Barlow

Plans and preperations continue for the Ramsbottom heirachy ahead of the new season as Blackburn U23s visit the Riverside as latest opponents in the pre season programme. The rams faithfull will be hoping for a strong performance from the home side, and to take some optimism and positives into the remainder of the warm up games.

The weather at kick off was overcast, with the tempreture a comfortable 19 degrees, which hopefuly lends itself to an energetic performance from both sides.

The line-ups show 3 trialists starting for Ramsbottom, with 3 making up more than half the 5 man bench. The most notable name in Blackburns team is right back Paul Caddis, who has over 280 league appearences to his name.

Line ups in full are as follows:-

Ramsbottom United Ashton, Henry, Dean, Brooks, Thompson, Trialist, Jordan, Trialist, Marie, Trialist, Wright. Subs Trialist, Trialist, Ellison, Trialist, Foulds.

Blackburn U23s Fisher, Caddis, Thompson, Tomlinson, Carter, Platt, Mols, Hardcastle, Mansell, Buckley, Paton. Subs Maglore, Albinson, Doyle, Evans, Simmonds, Butterworth, Grayson.

It is the home side that got the game started, with both teams keen to press and not allow time on the ball. The first corner of the game was awarded to Blackburn, which was dealt with from the defence and lines were cleared and the game settled down with Blackburn finding possession more easy to come accross, however a long clearence from the Rammy back line fell kindly to Luke Jordan out on the right touchline who advanced up the pitch threatening the final 3rd but was unlucky not to escape his man who had made up his ground and dispossessed the wide man, and had to settle for a throw in.

As the game approached the 20 minute mark, Blackburn were now dominating the ball, and territory, although this was all being done infront of the back 4 of Ramsbottom, with Sam Ashton only being called in action for menial tasks.

A free kick for the away side just before the half hour presented an opportunity to get the ball into the danger area. The Blackburn taker was faced with a 1 man wall of Jerome Wright. A good delivery was whipped in towards the 6 yard box and a free header for Lewis Mansell lacked power and direction to trouble the Rammy stopper and bounced clear of the back post. As the away side continued to turn the screw, a good interchange of passes down their left side resulted in a cross being delivered from the touchline, once again Ramsbottom held firm and cleared for a throw in. From the resulting throw, LB Lewis Thompson tried an ambitous effort from 20yards looking for the top corner, but only succeeeded in findng the stand behind the goal.

Just after the half hour, the breakthrough finally came for Blackburn. An initial chance had been wasted and turned away for a corner, which was taken quickly and as Ramsbottom were still organising themselves, the ball was worked away from Ashton who had tried to foil the quick thinking from Rovers and was left to Willem Tomlinson to calmy roll the ball into the back of the Ramsbottom goal. Ramsbottom 0 Rovers 1

The Blackburn goal seem to work in the home sides favour, as they started to enjoy their best period of possession, and created a couple of half chances on the final 3rd, the best one after some good play down the left, with a deep cross swung in asking the Rovers defence questions, was met firmly by the days number 10, unfortunatey as earlier in the game for Blackburn, the end product was headed wide of the back post. Just before the break Blackburn almost had a fortunate 2nd, as Sam Ashton's attempted clearence clattered off the on-rushing striker but bounced clear of the goal. A 2 goal deficit at the half way point would have been very harsh on the home side, who had battled well and looked compact and disciplined. Blackburn just about deserve to be ahead at the whistle, but plenty of positives for Mark and Graham.

HT Rammy 0 Rovers 1

The second half started with a change in goal for Ramsbottom. Sam Ashton now taking up his place in the dug out and a trialist keeper taking the gloves. Things started in the same veign after the break as the first 45 had began, with Blackburn enjoying the lions share of the ball and forcing 2 or 3 corners, again taken short, but this time dealt with better, and all came to nothing for the visitors. On 50 minutes a cheap free kick was awarded to Rovers, as the referees assistant seemed to be swayed by the pantomime yelp from Stefan Mols, and more than 1 on the Rammy payroll let their feelings known. The resulting kick was dealt with without any drama and eased any further feelings of injustice.

A sub for the home team, saw a straight swap of trilaists and a change in partner for Dom Marie. As the hour mark came and went, Blackburn continued to search in veign for their 2nd goal, which would put clear daylight between the two sides, were guilty of squandering another good chance, after good approach play an eratic effort from Mansell sent the ball clearing the stand. A good interception from Ramsbottom number 6 for the day, freed up space infront of him to run into, and didnt need asking twice and progressed over half way and released a ball down the left for Wright to latch onto who sent the ball towards the penalty spot but was cleared by the Rovers defence.

The Rammy bench now indicated to Dom Marie that his shift was over, and the third trialist who started on the bench for the home side, was now gracing the playing surface.

Midway through the 2nd half and Rovers had their lead doubled, as Lewis Hardcastle found a yard of space just outside the area, took 1 touch to get the ball out of his feet and unleashed a low shot into the corner of the goal leaving the keeper with little or no chance of keeping his clean sheet in tact. Ramsbottom 0 Rovers 2

The home side wont get a better chance to score in the game without doing so. The ever industrious Tom Brooks hurried the centre back into relinquishing possession who picked out one of the days trialists who seemed to want too much time to pick his spot, giving the keeper time to regain his positional stance allowing him to parry the oncoming shot which fell firstly back to Brooks and then Wright. The latter rolling the ball just wide.

2 subs in quick succession from Mark Fell with Ryan Ellison now taking his place on the pitch replacing Luke Thompson, and Jerome Wright being replaced with Harry Foulds.

As the game entered the final stages, it was looking like Blackburn were more likely to score the next goal, and had great chance to do just that as Ben Paton wriggled free in the box and got his shot away, only to be foiled by the Rammy keeper. He didnt have to wait long though, as within a minute another chance was presented to him, with another cross from the left searching out anyone who wanted to get their name on the scoresheet, Paton, this time, was not to be denied, and his glancing header flashed passed the stand in keeper. Ramsbottom 0 Rovers 3.

No other points of interest followed the 3rd goal, and as the referee brought proceedings to a close, anyone connected with Ramsbottom can surely take plenty of positves from the game despite the scoreline. The shape was good, the effort and commitment was there to see. The trialists who took part all looked comfortable, and certainly looked like they could all offer something.

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REPORT: Colne 1 Ramsbottom United 0

Evo Stik Premier West Division

Tuesday 21st August 2018


Attendance:- 245

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United made the trip up the M65 on Tuesday night to take on local rivals Colne with both teams looking to build on their opening day victories,the visitors starting line up showed two changes from the victory against Market Drayton with Thompson and Marie replacing Henry and Higgs

The contest started in disastrous fashion for the Rams as they fell behind with barely two minutes on the watch when a poor clearance was seized upon by the home attack and Curran got in behind the visitors defence before squaring the ball for Webb- Foster to tap the ball into an empty net to give Colne a lead they ultimately wouldn't surrender.

The hosts encouraged by the early strike continued to have the upper hand in the opening stages as the away side struggled to get a foothold in the encounter against a youthful Colne outfit.

With almost 20 minutes played the Rams fashioned their first sight at goal when Deegan laid the ball off to Rother but the shot from just outside the area sailed over Burton in the Colne goal, Shortly afterwards a positive run and cross from the lively Brown found Deegan at the far post but the strikers tame header was easily dealt with by the home stopper as the visitors looked to restore parity.

As the first period wore on the Rams began to get more into the match whilst being aware that the home side looked a threat on the break with Curran and Lynch looking a particularly threat for the hosts.

Colne almost doubled their advantage just after the half an hour mark when a well directed set piece found the head of ex Ram Marcus Poscha but his unmarked header narrowly missed the target to the relief of the away side, moments later Ashton in the visitors goal was called on to pull off an excellent save at his near post from Curran to keep the home sides lead at one goal as Colne applied pressure to the visitors goal.

The remainder of the opening period was punctuated with a number of free kicks for both sides as Colnes relentless pressing didn't give the Rams attacking players much time on the ball, with that said the visitors finished the half on the front foot with noteworthy attempts from Brown and Marie fractionally missing the target. With the last kick of the half an audacious free kick from Brown from fully 35 yards had Burton scrambling across his goal but as the whistle blew for half time Colne held the advantage.

Both teams appeared for the second half of this local derby unchanged and whilst the opening exchanges failed to provide any notable goal scoring attempts for either side Ramsbottom United managed to pick up five bookings within a 15 minute spell from the 51st minute as a competitive contest threatened to boil over with the official seemingly brandishing yellow cards for any slightly mistimed tackles.

With the hour mark reached the Rams began to get their wide players Jordan and Brown more involved as they looked for an equaliser but the Colne defence was holding firm, at the other end the home side almost doubled their lead when Ashton was forced into a fine save as the visitors struggled to clear a free kick .

As the contest entered the last quarter both sides created presentable chances, firstly the home side made progress down the left wing before a an inviting cross was headed over before a corner at then other end of the field caused alarm in the home defence and with the onrushing Rams players looking for a decisive touch the home defence managed to scramble the ball off the line and the chance had gone.

Manager Mark Fell made a substitution on 71 minutes with Gaskell replacing Marie and in truth the Rams continued to have the better of the possession and continued to push for an equaliser with Deegan flicking a header wide before skipper Stott fizzed a shot from the edge of the penalty area which narrowly missed the target with Burton looking beaten.

Colne continued to repel most of what the Rams attack would throw at them whilst looking to break on the counter attack as they preserved their single goal lead and despite the away sides desperate but ultimately fruitless pursuit of an equaliser the home side survived the remaining ten minutes or so without any major scares and took the 3 points in a hard fought tussle as the Rams slipped to a single goal loss.

As the final whistle blew a depleted Ramsbottom United side had paid the price for conceding an early goal as they fell to a defeat in their first away fixture of the campaign but will be hoping to respond on Saturday as they prepare for their FA Cup tie away at Kidsgrove Athletic.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Ellison, Dean, Stott, Thompson, Downes, Jordan, Rother, Deegan, Marie (Gaskell 71 mins) Brown.

Subs not used- Robertson (GK), Henry, Foulds, Daniels

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REPORT: Rammy 0 Chester 1


Attendance - 190

Ramsbottom United welcomed back familiar faces both on and on the field as former managers Bernard and Jonno brought their new club Chester FC to the Riverside for a pre season friendly on Tuesday night.

Both lines up showed a mixture of well known players, new signings and the obligatory trialists as preparations for the new season began in earnest with a hard fought encounter settled by a penalty just after the hour mark in favour of the National League North outfit.

Sadly the contest began in unwelcome fashion for Greg Daniels as the forward limped off before the ten minute mark to be replaced by Lee Gaskell.

The opening exchanges began competitively but goal scoring chances were at a premium as both sides struggled to test the respective goal keepers, although it was substitute Gaskell who had the first effort of note for the hosts but his effort sailed over the crossbar.

Chester perhaps had the better of the possession in the first quarter of the game without seriously threatening the Rams goal as the visitors toiled for any rhythm in their attacking forays.

Ramsbottom United began to cause the away sides defence some concerns as Luke Thompson headed wide from a Wright corner before Wright threatened from the left wing but his shot narrowly missed the target.

With the interval approaching the Rams trialist keeper was called into action to make a smart save from Smalley, there was still time remaining for a Chester striker to be put through one on one but his toe poke struck the frame of the goal as the half finished goal less.

The second period began with the home side on the front foot as Jerome Wright again burst through into the penalty area after good work down the left touchline but his low shot was repelled by ex Rams favourite Grant Shenton.

As is often the case with early pre-season matches the match real fluency although it could be argued that the main thing on such occasions is to avoid serious injuries and get minutes on the pitch as the build up to the seasons opener is the main objective.

With the inevitable flurry of substitutions occurring and the clock ticking just beyond the hour mark Chester would make the breakthrough when former Ram Gary Stopforth was adjudged to have been tripped by Henry and the referee pointed to the penalty spot where Pritchard made no mistake sending the keeper the wrong way with a calm left footed strike and the visitors had the lead.

The goal appeared to give Chester some confidence in the final third as substitute Mahon stung the palms of the Rams stopper before Hughes fired wide as the visitors looked to increase their advantage.

With 20 minutes remaining the referee awarded Chester a second spot kick when Dean bundled over Hughes in the area, again it was Pritchard who stepped up but this time it was a different outcome as the penalty flew over the cross bar and into the trees behind the goal.

As the match drew towards its conclusion home forward Marie fired in a low shot which was comfortably saved by the Chester keeper as numerous substitutions punctuated the remaining quarter of an hour, the contest ended with the visitors pushing unsuccessfully for a second goal but still remaining narrow winners by a single goal.

The Rams put in a promising performance considering it was the squads first 90 minutes together and should take some positives from the evening as both sets of players look forward to their respective seasons beginning in the coming weeks.

Ramsbottom United:- Trialist, Henry, Dean, Trialist, Thompson , Ellison, Jordan, Trialist, Marie, Daniels, Wright.

Subs- Stinca (GK), Foulds, Brooks, Rother, Trialist, Standring, Gaskell
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REPORT: Pontefract Colls 7 Rammy 1

Pre Season Friendly

Saturday 4th August 2018


Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United suffered a heavy defeat in their penultimate pre season game on Saturday afternoon at the hands of Pontefract Collieries who have just been promoted to the Evo Stik Northern Premier League East Division.

The Rams got off to the worst possible start and fell behind with barely two minutes on the clock when a defensive mix up gave the unmarked Daly a simple tap in at the far post.

Pontefract would double their advantage before the ten minute mark when a free kick was played in the Rams penalty area before finding the head of Picton whose downward header beat Ashtons dive as the home sides early pressure was turned into a deserved early two goal lead.

The visitors were struggling for any real fluency as they attempted to recover from the early double strike but then out of nowhere a ball over top of the home defence found the pacey Marie who broke the offside trap and confidently lofted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper to half the arrears and register his third goal in his last three matches.

With the Rams looking to gain some confidence their plans where disrupted somewhat on 25 minutes when Luke Thompson had to limp out of the action to be replaced by Jamie Rother resulting in captain Dean Stott dropping back to a central defensive berth.

The game continued to be an open affair with the home side looking the more threatening, indeed Sam Ashton was forced to make a fine low save with around ten minutes remaining in the first half.

The Rams best attacking moments involved Luke Jordan whose pace was proving a useful outlet for the Rams although the home keeper wasn't really asked any serious questions with both Marie and the angular trialist (number 10) not having too many clear sights of goal.

Sadly the next goal of an open contest would go to the home side five minutes before the interval when an incisive through ball found the impressive Hey who coolly slotted the ball past Ashton to restore the hosts two goal advantage at the half way point.

As the contest resumed and with a certain amount of symmetry the Rams contrived to present the home side with a fourth goal five minutes after the break when a sliced clearance from Ashton was pounced on by the hosts and after a neat interchange Redford made the visitors pay for their mistake as he converted with a low drive which found the corner of the net.

Ramsbottom United flickered into life briefly with Jordan again stretching the home defence before arguably the best piece of play from the visitors resulted in a superb cross from Wright which found Marie who was denied from close range before the Rams trialist forward couldn't smuggle the ball over the line when a goal seemed inevitable.

As the second period reached the half way point Pontefract increased their advantage further when Hey again controlled the ball well before firing a shot past Ashton for this second goal of the game with the Rams defence looking in disarray.

As the game continued towards the final quarter of an hour both sides made a number of substitutions which seemed to benefit Pontefract more than the day trippers from Lancashire.

Unfortunately the punishment wasn't finished there for the visitors as a long through ball again caught out the Rams backline and Redford lobbed the ball over the onrushing and worryingly vulnerable Ashton to make the score 6-1 to the hosts with just over five minutes remaining.

With almost the last kick of the match Pontefract added a seventh when Knights low drive beat Ashton, shortly afterwards the referee thankfully blew his final whistle to put an end to a chastening defeat for Ramsbottom United.

As the Rams made their way home over the Pennines contemplating a miserable trip to Yorkshire even the most ardent Ramsbottom United supporter would find it difficult to find any positives from a performance that will be a cause for concern with the league campaign only two weeks away.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Trialist (Trialist 46 mins) Henry,Stott, Thompson (Rother 25 mins), Ellison, Jordan, Higgs (Brooks 64 mins), Marie (Gaskell 79 mins) , Trialist (Trialist 79 mins) Wright.

Match action photos will be available shortly!

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