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REPORT: Rams 0 Atherton Colls 3

Ramsbottom suffered a disappointing start to 2019 as they were beaten 3-0 by Atherton Colls in an afternoon to forget for Chris Willcock’s men.

Goalless at halftime, the visitors ran out convincing winners in the second 45 with Conor Gaul, Tom Bentham and Ben Conway all scoring for Colls meaning The Rams ended the day outside the play off places in The Evo Stik West division.

The home side made three changes to the side that beat Radcliffe on boxing day. Ryan Ellison missed the game through suspension whilst Tom Kennedy and Ruben Jerome also started the game on the bench. Joel Bembo-Leta, Kyle Jacobs and Richard Brodie all came into the side in Ramsbottom’s first game of The New Year.

Rammy were the dominant side of the first half, yet struggled to create many clear cut chances that threatened Colls keeper Ollie Martin. After a quiet opening 20 minutes, Ramsbottom’s number seven Jamie Rainford hit the bar with a wild shot from outside the box, before striker Brodie saw his effort blocked by Martin to keep the match all square.

As the half wore on, the men in blue continued to find openings at goal, with Nic Evangelinos the driving force from the left. The Rams number 11 went on several weaving runs at goal, yet his efforts on goal failed to match his hopeful runs as he skewed his efforts wide. Brodie again failed to hit the target when in behind the Atherton back line, deciding to pull the trigger when Jamie Rother was in a much favourable position alongside the number nine. At the other end, Atherton also struggled to create any real chances of their own as the sides went back to the dressing room with the game at nil apiece.

The visiting side came out of the blocks the quickest in the second half with Colls number seven Ben Hardcastle immediately causing problems for the Rammy back line, drawing a decent stop from Sam Ashton.

Shortly after Atherton took the lead. A cross field ball from out wide was briefly cut out by centre back Bembo-Leta, yet fell straight to Conor Gaul who sent the away fans into loud cheers with an effort that flew past Ashton in the home goal.

Rammy hit back and gave a good response to Gaul’s goal moving the ball nicely in and around the box, however couldn’t find a leveller. Instead Atherton doubled their advantage on the sixty fifth minute mark, their second goal coming largely against the run of play.

Sub Kennedy took a throw in on the left hand side of the pitch, yet his throw was mis-controlled at the back leaving Bentham to take full advantage, seeing off Ashton and leaving the home side with a real mountain to climb heading into the final stages of the game.

Atherton could have made it three shortly after, Hardcastle’s shot was blocked and cleared off the line denying the striker Atherton’s third goal. But Rammy were less fortunate in the 78th minute as sub Conway made sure Colls would be leaving The Riverside with all three points, firing a shot from outside the area which secured the victory and consequently, subjected Willcock to his second defeat as manager.

The Rams could have bagged a consolation goal in the final few minutes. Brodie managed to wriggle his way around The Colls backline, yet as with Colls effort at the other end, his shot was cleared off the line, this time by Atherton full back Connor Smith. The chance summed up Ramsbottom’s frustrating day.

The events of the second half clearly disappointed Willcock, however stayed positive when discussing the long term hopes for the team. “First half I thought we edged it, we had the shot which hit the cross bar (Rainford’s shot). They didn’t really trouble us, Sam’s had nothing to do. “But I thought we defended poorly for the first goal but the second can happen at any time. We had time to get something out of the game at two down, but Atherton saw the game out well”.

On making three changes before the game. “The changes were forced on us. Jerome has had a hamstring problem and also Kennedy with facial trouble that we can’t do anything about, but they’ve been very good for us so far this season.

“We’ve had a couple of bad days in 18 games but recently we’ve been very good. We’re in a good position and there’s still plenty of points to play for. “The last time we conceded three goals, we went three games without conceding. Let’s look for the same response again”.

Ramsbottom United: Ashton,Kelvin Lugsden, Jacobs, Moran, Thompson, Bemba-Leta (Kennedy 65’), Rainford, Rother, Brodie, Donaldson (Kieran Lugsden 60’), Evangelinos

Subs not used: Osi-Efa,Jerome, Foulds

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LIVE BLOG: Radcliffe (H)

Our match blog for today's Big Boxing Day Derby League Fixture with Radcliffe is below

The blog will start with Adam Clark at around 2pm this afternoon !

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REPORT: Rams 1 Leek Town 1

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 5th January 2019



Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United took to the field at the HWRS on Saturday afternoon to take on an in form Leek Town outfit looking to respond after their New Year's Day defeat at the hands of Atherton Collieries.

The home side showed three alterations to their previous match with Ryan Ellison, Tom Kennedy and Ruben Jerome making the starting eleven at the expense of Kyle Jacobs,Joel Bembo-Leto and Richard Brodie respectively as the hosts completed a tough run of three home matches which has seen the Rams take on opponents above them in the league standings.

It would be the high flying visitors from Staffordshire that would create the first effort on goal, when, in the opening minutes Aaron Bott found himself in space but his curling shot sailed wide of the target as the away side looked to extend their impressive run of six league matches unbeaten.

The Rams then worked their way into the contest from an attacking perspective and responded with Ruben Jerome bringing a routine save from Roberts in the Leek goal as the home side sought to make Leek Towns first ever league visit to the Riverside an uncomfortable experience.

With just over a quarter of an hour played of a fairly even contest the Rams made the breakthrough when a cross from Ryan Ellison found the bald pate of Eddie Moran and the midfielders well directed header met up perfectly with the forward run of Jamie Rother who controlled the ball well before confidently finishing a well worked move with a low right footed drive which beat Roberts in the visitors goal to give the Rams all action schemer his third goal of the season.

As the encounter continued the referees whistle was as prominent a participant as any of the players on view as free flowing football was limited and as the league table prior to kick off showed this meeting had all the makings of a tight contest between two teams pushing towards the higher reaches of the standings.

The home side looked to take confidence from the early lead with the tricky Nic Evangelinos and the metronomic Eddie Moran causing the visitors defence some problems with their positive runs as the hosts looked to extend their lead as they took control of the middle third of the first period.

With just over a third of the match played and the Rams narrowly in front the visitors fashioned two efforts in quick succession from Leek forward Robert Stevenson, his first effort being a neat turn and shot which fractionally missed the target before a 20 yard pile driver looked to have beaten Sam Ashton in the home goal but clipped the top of the crossbar before bouncing to safety much to the relief of all associated with the Rams.

As the half time interval was only minutes away a potentially significant incident occurred as the home side were reduced to ten men when referee Stuart Morland issued a red card to Ramsbottom United forward Ruben Jerome for a petulant off the ball incident with Leeks Jack Sanders, to add to the frustrations the ball wasn't in play at the time but the official decreed that the forwards reaction was deserving of a sending off much to the dissatisfaction of the home crowd.

Despite being a man down the hosts almost doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time when a bustling run from the industrious Jamie Rainford took him past two visiting defenders before getting a sight of goal but the goal bound attempt was blocked by Roberts in the visitors goal.

Both sides returned after the interval unchanged and perhaps unsurprisingly Leek took the early initiative as they looked to take advantage of their extra man and continue their recent run of form which shows the side from Harrison Park at the top of the seemingly increasingly referred to "form table".

With almost ten minutes played of the second period played the day trippers were quite literally handed a way back into the match when young Rams midfielder Anthony Donaldson was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area and a spot kick was awarded which Aaron Bott converted by sending Sam Ashton the wrong way and the scores were level.

Within minutes of the equaliser being scored Chris Willcock made a double change with Kyle Jacobs and Kieran Lugsden replacing the unfortunate Donaldson and goal scorer Rother as the hosts looked for fresh legs in the midfield area as with over 30 minutes remaining the home side would need to remain steadfast in their defensive duties to keep their high scoring opponents at bay.

As time ticked along Ramsbottom were finding it difficult to sustain any attacks of note as Leek enjoyed the majority of the territorial advantage as they looked to utilise the width of the pitch to disrupt the home sides defensive organisation but with the Rams rearguard in resolute form the irrepressible Luke Thompson and impressive Kelvin Lugsden were doing a fine job of protecting Sam Ashton between the sticks.

With clear goal scoring chances at a premium and three quarters of the contest played a shot from Leek forward Stevenson from the edge of the penalty area was blocked en-route towards goal and brought claims of another handball but referee Morland thankfully rebuffed the requests for a second spot kick for the visitors.

As the minutes ticked towards the final quarter of an hour both sides utilised their bench with Richard Brodie replacing Ryan Ellison for the Rams as they bravely went with two forwards on the pitch looking to give the Leek defence some difficulties in the time that remained.

The tactical change seemed to have the desired effect as Leek became ever more desperate to nick the points and continued to push players forward whilst the hosts began to retain possession of the ball and in winning a couple of free kicks gave the home support hope that the Rams could perhaps pinch an unlikely victory with the expert delivery of set pieces from Tom Kennedy a weapon which has been utilised to great effect in recent weeks.

The remainder of the match was fairly well balanced with neither side creating the chance that would ultimately secure the win, Jamie Rainford had a promising effort blocked for the Rams before Leek had the final effort of the game when substitute Hall fired a half volley over the bar with almost the final kick of the match and both sides shared the spoils in a hard fought contest.

Ramsbottom United showed plenty of team spirit and togetherness to battle for over 50 minutes with ten men to gain a well earned point against an in form and high flying Leek Town side that comfortably beat the Rams 4-0 in mid September which shows how far the side has progressed in recent months losing only two matches in the twenty played since Chris Willcocks arrival in early October.

The Rams now sit in seventh position in the league and just outside of the play off places but the last three matches have shown that the side are more than capable of competing against the teams towards the top of the league and a play off place is more than attainable by the seasons end but thoughts now turn to Saturdays historic FA Trophy Second Round tie against Weymouth at The Riverside Stadium.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Ellison (Brodie 69mins), Moran ,Thompson, Kelvin Lugsden, Rainford, Rother (Jacobs 57mins), Jerome, Donaldson (Kieran Lugsden 57 mins), Evangelinos.

Unused Subs- Osi-Efa, Bembo-Leto

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PREVIEW: Atherton Colls (H)

After a run of away games throughout November and December, four home matches come along at once, and each one of them provides the Rams with quite a tester.

The first one, at home to table topping Radcliffe on Boxing Day, was successfully negotiated in front of more than 500 spectators, and a deserved three points were garnered after the 2-1 victory.

Hot on the heels of that one comes the arrival of third placed Atherton Collieries in what could equally be called a “derby game”.

Colls, in their second season in the league, have enjoyed a tremendous campaign so far, and have earned 40 points from their 20 games, notching up an impressive 48 goals, the joint highest in the division.

The Rams now find themselves in the play-off places, five points behind our visitors, but with a game in hand, so the incentive is there for a repeat of the Radcliffe result.

Hopefully, many of the neutrals who enjoyed what was a great advert for non-league football on Boxing Day, will return and another healthy attendance should be expected as the Rams continue to build on this impressive run of just one defeat in eighteen games.

With another side pushing for promotion, Leek Town, due in town on Saturday, followed by one of the biggest games in the club’s history – the FA Trophy 2nd round game at home to Weymouth – the week after, this is very much a defining three weeks in the history of Ramsbottom United.

These games are there to enjoy, and hopefully the visit of Atherton Colls will provide much to savour as a season that began in more hope than expectation has now been turned on it’s head.

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We'd like to wish everyone associated with Ramsbottom United FC a very Merry Christmas & all the best for the festive period

First Team manager Chris Willcock & his players and staff also wished everyone a Merry Christmas "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the Chairman, Board of Directors, supporters, volunteers and juniors from the Management and First Team Players"

Photo below of the Players & Coaching Staff in their Christmas Jumpers

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REPORT: Market Drayton Town 1 Rams 3

Market Drayton Town 1 Ramsbottom United 3.

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Evo-Stik West Division

Attendance 88

Referee Tom Elliott

Report by Damien Barlow


A tradition of recent years has seen market visits in the build up to Christmas include luke warm wine, over priced hot-dogs and more than enough ill-fitting festive items of clothing. Fortunately for everyone inside the Greenfields Sports Ground, which entails a picturesque drive to reach, non of these unpleasentries were in sight, and as Chris Willcock and his team arrived in town keen to build on their mid-week cup exploits and a run of 1 defeat in 15 games since he joined the club, the only mulling was whether another 3 points would be won. Todays game sees the return fixture from the opening day of the season, and is worth noting that only 4 players who featured that day for Ramsbottom survive to tell the tale today.

There were 2 changes for todays match, seeing Kelvin Lugsden and Jamie Rainford installed to the starting 11, the latter in place of Nialle Rodney who suffered an ankle injury midweek. Rainford now occupying the vacant wide right slot with Jerome operating through the middle. The hosts got proceedings underway in what was an unusually pleasent day weather wise for the time of year.

The first chance to send a ball into the area was presented to the away side as Evangelinos was tripped just inside the opposision half, and as Kennedys ball dropped 12 yards out, the head of Thompson couldn't give the visitors the perfect start and Springthorpe easily collected. Another free kick saw Kennedy opt for the short option and rolled the ball forward towards half way for Donaldson to collect and turn and move forward assessing what lay ahead, Rainford offered the perfect outlet wide right, and only a Drayton defender clearing the eventual cross prevented the best move of the day ending in celebration. On the break from that move presented the home side with the best clear cut chance, and for all of Ramsbottoms pressure and territory they could have found themselves in deficit, thankfully Sam Ashton earned his keep and expertly saved low to his left to deny Harvey Howell from 7 yards out.

The Rams responded well, and continued to build momentum amidst the free kicks and more direct approach from their counterparts, and as Tom Kennedy sent a teasing inswinging corner towards the dangerzone, it was Thompson again who was first to the ball but his free header somehow found the chest of The Gingerbread Mens stopper.

As the first half started to settle down more, the away side looked the more comfortable, and although no real furthur assaults on the scoreline had been offered, there was a sense that the first goal would be very important. After conceding 10 goals in the last 2 games, an away goal could knock the hosts confidence and see the away side run away with the game. A home goal and they'd have apoint to prove and something to defend.

Ruben Jerome became the first recipient of a card from the referee, a trip on Matthew Ballard, saw his reaction to an earlier coming-together see him on a disciplinary tightrope. The resulting free kick almost proved more costly than a yellow card fine, as somehow 3 Market Drayton players found unmarked space at the back post, and unintentionally got in each others way and as the ball bounced along the 6 yard line another on-rushing attacker just failed to make contact which would surely have been the opening goal.

Moments later on 36 minutes the break through was thrust upon us, as a fortunate corner that was awarded to Drayton, when Tom Elliott deemed Ellisons attempted clearence had bounced back off him and out of play, was easily gathered by Ashton, his quick thinking and even quicker clearence into enemy lines saw Jamie Rainford and Paul Mcmullen shoulder to shoulder and as the panicking defender attempted to divert the danger he unceremoniously sent the ball past Springthorpe and Rammy were up and running for what would be a mad 10 minutes.


4 minutes later and the season of goodwill continued from the Market Drayton back line. After successfully seeing off a couple of corners, a straight forward ball from the right was strangely headed straight back accross his own 6 yard line, completley wrong footing his team mates and as Jerome gleefully accepted this unexpected bow wrapped present.


The 2 goal cushion now allowed Ramsbottom to enjoy more controlled possession, with Rainford being utilised more than most. He and Ellison showing good understanding and were working the right side well. Donaldson became the next to receive a card for what can only be described as a 'forwards tackle'. The 88 loyal on-lookers were given another example of Rammys play from the back and through the thirds philosopy just before the break. Eddie Moran picked the ball up from Kennedy and moved towards half way smoothly playing the ball into Rother's path who inturn continued the balls journey out wide into space for Rainford to latch on to, unfortunately the move broke down on the edge of the home sides area.

As 45 minutes ticked ever closer the game was put beyond doubt. As Tom Kennedy made his way over to the right for another corner words of wisdom were fresh in his ears from Thompson who then made his way into position. The resulting corner was met firmly by the Rammy No5, and third time lucky for him, finally got his rewards.


As the first half was brought to a close, an unassailable lead which 10 minutes earlier no one could have forseen, was surely a too big a mountain for Market Drayton to climb in the second half. One highlight not many would have bared witness to, was 3 of the sub's warming up, and whilst doing their stretches in the corner, a conversation broke out between them about the frequency of their hair dresser visits and how often they have their eye brows done. You know who you are lads!

As Ramsbottom got the second half started, no changes had been made by either side, however, Rainford was now up top with Jerome wide right. The first half chance of the second half came as Ryan Ellison broke down the right and deftly lifted the ball over the defender for Rainford to run onto but the bounce took the ball away from him and into the keepers grasp. Evangelinos was next to run at the home back line, and as he cut inside and rolled the ball towards Donaldson, he tried his luck from 25 yards, but was unlucky as his effort whistled past the upright. Drayton were now looking for the goal that would allow them to try and build on and as Glynn Coney wriggled free and got to the byline, his effort to pick out a team mate waas unsucsessful, but acted as a warning to the vistors that there was still a job to do.

60 minutes saw the first change for Rammy as Kyle Jacobs replaced Luke Thompson.

65 minutes second sub for Rammy, new signing Richard Brodie on for Ruben Jerome.

73 minutes and the final change of personel sees Kieran Lugsden take the place of Anthony Donaldson.

Over the next 7 or so minutes the referee kept up his christmas spirit and continued to hand out cards. The first was a yellow for new boy Brodie for a clumsy mis-timed challenge, the second wasn't, and certainly had him instanty removed from a few of the visitors lists.

81 minutes saw the most notable talking point of the half, as a percentage ball was sent forward the front, and seemed to get between Ellison and Ashton, and whilst the striker escaped the attention of both and got a shot away, which ended up hitting the side netting, the official saw fit to then bring back play, award a penalty and issue a stright red for Ellison for supposedly tugging on his opponents shirt. The spot kick was converted cooly by Coney sending Ashton the wrong way. Ramsbottom had to see out the final minutes with a man dis-advantage, in a game which had never looked beyond doubt.

Jamie Rainford had on 88 minutes a great opportunity to restore the 3 goal cushion as good work down the left saw him receive the ball left side of the area, worked his space really well and curled a shot away towards the far stanchion, only to see his effort go just wide.

The full time whistle sounded not long after, signalling another well earned 3 points for the Rams as they head into a Riverside festive double header, firstly with top of the table Radcliffe on boxing day and then 2nd place Atherton Colleries on New Years Day.

May I take this opportunity on behalf of myself and the rest of the match reporting team to wish you all a Happy and safe Christmas.

Team :- Ashton, Kennedy (c), Ellison, Moran, Thompson, Lugsden K, Rainford, Rother, Jerome, Donaldson, Evangelinos.

Subs not used :- Khalil Osi-Efa, Bembo-Leta.

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PREVIEW: Leek Town (H)

The Rams will be hoping that their first home meeting with Leek Town is better than their first away meeting, The Rams are only facing Leek for the second time in clubs’ history and they will want to forget the game at Harrison Park in Mid-September, as they lost 4-0. There’s been a lot a change at the club since the first meeting between the two sides, Mark Fell left and Chris Willcock was appointed in October

Chris suffered his second defeat as Rammy boss on New Year’s Day when they lost to second place Atherton Collieries who themselves are now on a 4 game unbeaten run. Chris said to our media team post-match that “We’ve had a couple of bad days in 18 games but recently we’ve been very good. We’re in a good position and there’s still plenty of points to play for. “The last time we conceded three goals, we went three games without conceding. Let’s look for the same response again”

The visitors Leek Town are the leagues in form team as the sit top of the form table as they are unbeaten in 6 games, The Rams will be looking to stop it stretching to 7 games as the players & staff of the Rams will be looking to climb back into the play off places with a win against play off rivals Leek Town, a win for the Rams would see them back into the Top 5 and Leek drop out of it.

Ryan Ellison will be available again after suspension. Chris Willcock’s will carry onto manage Ruben Jerome & Tom Kennedy who missed the game last time out through injuries.

The Rams will be looking to get back to winning ways after a defeat on Tuesday so, why not get down to the HWRS and support your local team…

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What a festive treat this one is!!!

Fixtures between the two local neighbours are always eagerly anticipated, but this time round the anticipation levels have gone through the roof.

This is the Evo-Stik West’s game of the day between two teams in superb form.

For our visitors Radcliffe, this is a total transformation of what has been endured over recent seasons.

Instead of a struggle against relegation, the “Borough” find themselves entering the Christmas period top of the pile, and deservedly so.

They began the campaign with an eyebrow-raising seven successive wins, and whilst late September and October saw that encouraging start begin to evaporate, the turnaround since the beginning of November has seen a return to their early season form.

They arrive at the HWRS on the back of seven successive league victories, a run that has seen them catapulted to the top of the division.

Meanwhile, since the appointment of Chris Willcock in early October, our reshaped squad have been in pretty impressive form ourselves.

Just one defeat in eighteen, and that in rather controversial circumstances, have seen the Rams climb from the bottom half of the table to just outside the play-offs, as well as creating a new club record by progressing to the 2nd round proper of the FA Trophy.

It all adds up to a fascinating contest, which hopefully will attract a bumper gate for this Boxing Day feast.

Both sides deserve support for what have been two tremendous runs of form, and to predict the outcome of this one is almost impossible.

All we can hope for is a cracking game and an excellent atmosphere as we shake off the over-indulgence of Christmas day.

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REPORT: Rams 2 Radcliffe 1

Ramsbottom inflicted local rivals Radcliffe to their first away defeat of the season in an action packed boxing day cracker at The Harry Williams Riverside stadium they came from behind to beat the league leaders 2-1 as Chris Willcock saw his side go fifth in the league courtesy of the derby day triumph.

Rammy were unchanged from the side that beat Market Drayton 3-1 as they took on the league leaders who came into the game on the back of seven consecutive victories in the league.

The home side began the game on the front foot and had the opening attempt of the game with Tom Kennedy drawing an early save out of Radcliffe keeper Ollie Martin before Anthony Donaldson’s shot flew over the bar.

Yet it was table toppers Radcliffe who took the lead after twenty minutes. Out on the right Tunde Owolabi met an expertly threaded through ball which split the Rams defence, where his own cutback found Radcliffe striker Ben Wharton who slid the ball past Sam Ashton to hand the visitors an early advantage.

Rammy didn’t let the early goal affect them and bounced back with efforts of their own. Donaldson’s attempt was expertly saved by Martin and on the rebound Evangelinos was denied a leveller by the men in yellow who somehow managed to clear the ball off the line.

Jamie Rother also tried his luck from distance only for his shot to rattle off the underside of the crossbar, then Eddie Moran failed to find any blue shirts with an ambitious cross of his own when in space from an Evangelinos pass.

However Rammy’s patience was to pay off moments later when Jamie Rainford rounded Martin to slot home the home sides equaliser on the stroke of half time. A route one ball from the Rams back line was too hot to handle for any Boro defender and Rainford provided much needed joy for the home crowd heading into the half time break.

HT: Rammy 1-1 Radcliffe

The second half began in bullish fashion with Radcliffe carving out the opening attempt. A mix up in The Rams back line was picked up by Wharton yet Sam Ashton was there to keep the Radcliffe striker at bay.

The home side were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position shortly after, where set piece wiz Tom Kennedy didn’t fail to disappoint and took advantage with an expertly taken free kick to put the home side in front on the hour mark for the first time in the match.

Ramsbottom continued to assert their dominance as the half wore on and had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Anthony Ball as crowded goal mouth scramble ensued in the box. The ball then broke to Kennedy whose was deflected wide for a corner where Luke Thompson’s header was again cleared off the line as Rammy pushed for a third goal. Again wide appeals that the ball had already crossed the line were waved away by the linesmen. On his home debut, Richard Brodie could also have scored with a header.

Another opportunity for a third goal came and went in the eighty-ninth minute. The ball fell came to Rainford but fluffed his lines when he could have done better. Brodie again came into the action yet saw his chance blocked.

But The Rams were able to see out several minutes of stoppage time without much trouble and send the home faithful out of the gates with wide smiles on their faces.

FT: Rammy 2-1 Radcliffe

Manager Willcock had much to cheer about following the victory as he reflected on the win.

‘I thought the win was well deserved. On chances created I though it was well deserved, we were by far the better team over the 95 minutes and the response to going a goal down was superb, it just goes to show the strength and character of the team at the moment’.

The attendance of 511 was the highest seen in these parts since March 2016 and easily the highest this season by a mile to which Chris remarked.

‘What the fans have seen today is a great advert for the Evo-Stik League at the right end of the table’. What we have seen from Ramsbottom is a team on the progression. If I lived in Ramsbottom it would be a no-brainer for me to come and watch this side play, there is no doubt we’re a team in progression’.

Rams: Ashton, Kennedy, Ellison, Moran, Thompson, Kelvin Lugsden, Rainford, Rother, Jerome (Brodie 72'), Donaldson (Kieran Lugsden 90'), Evangelinos.

Unused subs - Osi-Efa, Bembo-Leta, Jacobs.

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Richard Brodie signs for the Rams

Ramsbottom United have snapped up former Football League striker RICHARD BRODIE to strengthen their squad after the nasty injury to Nialle Rodney during the FA Trophy victory over Workington stripped them of an important member of the team.

Brodie comes with a fine pedigree, having begun his career in his native north-east with Whickham and Newcastle Benfield.

His goalscoring exploits alerted York City who signed him in January 2007 and in the next three and a half seasons, Brodie notched 68 goals for the Minstermen as well as experiencing two trips to Wembley.

A move to Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee followed, and he helped lift the Sussex club into the Football League.

Playing for a number of clubs since, including the likes of Fleetwood Town, Morecambe, Grimsby Town, Hereford United, Southport and Stockport County, the Rams signed the 31 year old striker ahead of their 3-1 win at Market Drayton Town, where he made his debut for the club, coming on as a second half substitute, thus moving back to play his football in his now-native north west after a spell in the midlands with Southern League Rushall Olympic.

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REPORT: Rams 2 Workington 0

The Rams made one change from the original tie on Saturday, Khalil Osi-Efa came into the side in-place of Simon Woodford, while Workington made two changes Brad Hubbold and Sam Joel came in for Kieran Maguire and Jordan Holt.

The Rams began in confident mood having earned the replay with a good display in attrocious conditions on the Cumbrian coast on Saturday and were soon on the offensive. Nic Evangelinos had a couple of early chances both of his headers going over the bar, the first tipped over by the visiting keeper Aaron Taylor, the second chance was from around six yards out and that was the best chance in the opening fifteen minutes.

Workington gradually wrestled their way back into the game and their best chance probably came from Joel who hit the post on 23 minutes then as the ball flashed across goal after it rebounded to Tinnion who volleyed wide.

It was pretty even for the rest of a competitive first half, as both sides looked to get a foothold in the game but they went in 0-0 at the break, a fair reflection as to how the first forty-five minutes had panned out with end to end football from both sides.

HALF TIME Rams 0 Workington 0

Workington had an early chance six minutes into the second half, the ball was played once again to Sam Joel but the visiting midfielder was in an offside position.

Just before the Rams took the lead they had a chance after Nic Evangelinos’ shot was blocked well by the Workington shot stopper Taylor.

However, the Rams broke the deadlock on 58 minutes, The ball was bundled around the area before it fell to Ruben Jerome who, at the third attempt managed to slot the ball home from close range to put the Rams ahead in their FA Trophy replay

Workington’s best chance to level came on 64 minutes when Scott Allison put the ball over the bar, if it had been an inch or two lower it would have been in and it certainly would have been a different game for the final 25 minutes.

The Rams then doubled their lead with sixteen minutes to go, Evangelinos who was the best player on the night for the Rams, scored having raced through from the left hand side and unleashing an unstoppable shot from around 15 yards out.

Nialle Rodney then had a chance to add a third for the Rams but his shot was blocked by a sliding challenge by Dan Wordsworth which resulted in a serious injury for the Rammy winger. Nialle’s lower leg collided with the post and he has believed to have suffered a serious injury to his ankle .

Thirty-three minutes was the delay for the injury to Nialle, who was then carried off the field to a round of applause from around the ground.

All the Rams needed to do was to play out the final nine minutes, The substitute who came on for Rodney was Regan Jarrett, he had a couple of chances in the final few minutes one of which came off the bar, and 2-0 was how if finished for the Lancashire side, who will face Weymouth in the next round on Saturday 12th January 2019

FULL TIME Rams 2 Workington 0

Rams - Ashton, Kennedy, Osi-Efa, Moran, Thompson, Ellison, Rodney (Jarrett 81’), Rother, Jerome, Donaldson, Evangelinos.

Unused subs - Rowe, Parker, Hart, Foulds


Saturday 22nd December Evo-Stik West Market Drayton Town v RAMS 3.00pm

Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day) Evo-Stik West RAMS v Radcliffe 3.00pm