Wiill it be third time lucky for the long awaited Ramsbottom United home coming as, on Tuesday evening, Skelmersdale United are due to come to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium to finally give the Rams a home match after over nine weeks of waiting.
The harsh truth about the outcome of this game which nobody was really looking forward to and where more than happy to come away from at the final whistle is that it could easily have ended up in a score approaching double figures if the home team could have been bothered to get out of second gear, let alone third.
The flickering flame of revival and survival which burst into life with the wins at Stourbridge and Grantham is looking more like a dim glow over the horizon which only the most optimistic could discern following the heavy defeat at Ashton and a dismal performance in the South Yorkshire coalfields.
Due to the recent flooding and the devastating mess left behind at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, next Saturday's (9th January) home game in Evo-Stik Premier against Grantham Town has been reversed, and will now take place at Grantham's South Kesteven Sports Stadium.
If you were to take away the first 15 minutes and the last ten of this game, it would not be unreasonable to see a Rams performance in which they comfortably matched table-topping Blyth Spartans.
A moment of needless, mindless ill discipline in the last 10 minutes cost the Rams what would have been a hard earned and fully justified point and quite possibly the chance of grabbing all three.
In a game switched to Merseyside due to the recent flooding in Ramsbottom, the Rams exited this year's League Cup at the hands of Marine, following two early goals for the home side.
The Rams' New Year started with an impressive away win against Stourbridge, taking a vital 3-2 success from the West Midlands.
There will be a meeting for supporters and team management in the Cricket Club clubhouse at 6pm following the home game Saturday 5th March 2016.
Ramsbottom United midfielder Matthew Crothers has ended his loan spell with the Rams and returned to his parent club Curzon Ashton.
When Ashton United travelled up to Workington last Saturday, they were on the verge of creating a new club record for a straight run of league victories. At the tenth attempt, that run was thwarted, and someone was going to pay for that disappointment. Up stepped the Rams to the slaughter.
Ramsbottom United Football Club would like to place on record their sincere gratitude and thanks to all of the clubs in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League for their outstanding support following the Boxing Day floods which saw the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium under 3ft of water.
Ramsbottom United manager Garry Vaughan has added three new experienced faces to his squad as he continues to guide the club away from the bottom rungs of the Evo-Stik Premier Division table.
The Chairman's wry smile and shake of the head at the final whistle was more eloquent than words - the rams has survived a second half battering that defied belief to come away with a point that, while improbable for long periods of a fraught 45 minutes, was on balance well deserved.
Having won just six league matches throughout the whole of 2015, and just two previously this season, 2016 has begun in much brighter fashion for Ramsbottom United, as within nine days of the New Year starting, they have doubled their tally for the season on the back of two long away trips.
It was a glorious sunny day in Ramsbottom on Sunday 27th December which allowed the flood waters to recede just about enough for officers of the club to be able to enter the ground and take stock of the devastation caused by the Boxing Day flooding.