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PREVIEW: Pickering Town (A) - FA Trophy

Having successfully seen off Southern League side Yaxley in the 2nd Qualifying round replay, the Rams head off to north Yorkshire for the 3rd Qualifying round tie at Evo-Stik East side Pickering Town.

Confidence will be high after the 5-1 hammering of the Cambridgeshire side on Tuesday, and once more, as well as making progress on the field, another useful cash windfall is on offer as the Rams meet their opponents for the first time.

Out of the side is Luke Thompson, suspended after his dismissal at Colwyn Bay last week, whilst Joel Bembo-Leta, Jamie Rainford and Kelvin Lugsden are all cup-tied. However, such is the strength of this new-look Rammy squad, their absence should easily be covered and a strong side is guaranteed to take the field against a side whose home league record this season is disappointing.

Currently sitting in 13th spot in the equivalent league east of the Pennines, Town have lost four and won just one at their Recreation Club home, whilst the Rams are currently on an eleven game unbeaten run. But, as with all cup games, form can fly out of the window, so the Rammy fans can do their bit to support the lads by turning up in numbers.

A coach will leave the ground at 10.15 on Saturday morning and the fare is the usual £12, which represents excellent value for the 200 mile round trip.

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LIVE BLOG: Yaxley (H)

Our match blog for tonight's FA Trophy tie with Yaxley is below

The blog will start with Adam Clark at around 7pm tonight!

If for some reason you're having issues accessing the blog, please contact us via the club facebook page.

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October Player of the Month - Nialle Rodney

PLAYER OF THE Month at Ramsbottom United for October, as voted for by the supporters, is newcomer NIALLE RODNEY.

Niall, who joined the club shortly after new Manager Chris Willcock, arrived from Wythenshaw Amateurs, having previously played in the Football League for Nottingham Forest and Bradford City.

In his three games during the month of October, he quickly made his presence felt, notching three goals, and he has become a firm favourite at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

He received his prize courtesy of Bowland Brewery, the Evo-Stik League’s Player-of-the-Month sponsor, before the FA Trophy replay against Yaxley, and within three minutes of the kick-off, put the Rams ahead from the penalty spot, on the way to a crushing 5-1 victory.

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PREVIEW: Yaxley (H) - FA Trophy Replay

Southern League strugglers Yaxley make the long journey up to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Tuesday for the replay of this 2nd Qualifying round FA Trophy tie, after the two teams drew in Cambridgeshire last Tuesday.

The Rams know just what a journey it is between the two clubs, and Yaxley will certainly not be relishing the trip, especially on their current form which sees them sitting just outside the relegation places.

The Rams on the other hand, are now on a ten game unbeaten run, and the latest victory at Colwyn Bay on Saturday strengthened their fourth place position in Division One West.

The turnaround since Chris Willcock came in as manager has been quite amazing, and a run in the trophy not only builds this new look squads’ confidence, but also bolsters the club’s finances.

Pickering Town await the winners on Saturday, a ridiculously late decision for the north Yorkshire club, not helped by the intransigence of the FA regarding the complications behind this particular tie.

So whilst the Rams will go into the game looking to make progress, the visitors will be hoping to make the return journey to Peterborough as short as possible, and, amazingly, a return home with a victory usually does that. The Rams need to beware!

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, there will be an additional 30 minutes of extra time, followed if necessary by penalties, as the tie must be concluded on the night.


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REPORT: Yaxley 2 Rams 2

FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round

Tuesday 13th November 2018


Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United embarked on a 300 mile round trip to Cambridgeshire on Tuesday evening to take on Evo Stik Southern league side Yaxley as the clubs FA Trophy adventure continued at the wonderfully named Leading Drove Ground.

The visitors showed just a single alteration to their starting eleven from their previous fixture at Prescot Cables a week ago with Anthony Donaldson replacing the cup tied Joel Bembo-Leto in midfield as the Rams looked to continue their excellent recent form of five successive victories in all competitions.

The hosts began the contest strongly as they looked to take advantage of home surroundings with the familiarity of the 3G surface and the visitors having to endure a punishing journey of over 3 hours conditions that were clearly in the home sides favour.

With barely a minute on the clock Yaxley almost made the ideal start when a quick breakaway lead to the first attempt at goal but the effort flew wide of the diving Sam Ashton and thankfully past the post.

Unfortunately Ramsbottom United would fall behind on the quarter hour mark when an incisive through ball from Butterworth sent Matt Sparrow running through one on one with Sam Ashton and the Cuckoo's leading scorer confidently notched his 12th goal of the campaign as the Rams conceded their first goal in 462 minutes.

Despite the early setback the visitors started to get more possession of the ball as they began to get to grips with the surface as the left sided duo of Kennedy and Evangelinos in particular linked up dangerously on a number of occasions but a series of crosses into the penalty area couldn't find a Ramsbottom United player and were repelled by the Yaxley rearguard.

The Rams fashioned their first shot on target with half an hour played when a neat passage of play gave Ruben Jerome the chance to test home stopper Sutton although the strikers effort from outside the area was comfortably gathered but confidence appeared to be growing as the game continued to be an open affair.

With half time approaching and with Yaxley holding a narrow advantage the travellers from Lancashire perhaps created their best opportunity to equalise when more good play down the left hand side gave Kennedy the chance to hit a low cross which Sutton mishandled and with Evangelinos on hand to send the ball goal wards an outstretched foot from a defender denied the visitors a chance to go into the break on level terms.

The early moments of the second period began with both sides trading efforts at goal with the tricky Anthony Donaldson shooting over the crossbar before the hosts replied with a couple of attempts of their own as both teams began the half with attacking intent.

Ramsbottom United then began to take control of the tussle as both Nialle Rodney and Kyle Jacobs linked up well down the right wing as the away side continued to have a threat down both flanks as the Rams began to threaten the hosts narrow load, indeed Ruben Jerome almost drew the sides level but his low drive looked to have beaten Sutton but the effort clipped the outside of the post.

Not to be denied Ramsbottom United drew level just before the hour point when a strong run to the byline from the twinkled-toed Rodney gave the wide man the chance to pick out the onrushing Jerome who side footed into the net from close range to give the striker his fourth goal in his last four matches.

With confidence clearly coursing through the team things would get even better for the Rams just five minutes later when an incisive breakaway gave the increasingly influential Rodney chance to run at the retreating Yaxley defence before passing to Donaldson whose clever flick found the unmarked Evangelinos and the recent recruit confidently slipped the ball past Sutton to notch his third goal in his last three outings and the game had been deservedly turned on its head in a scintillating five minute spell much to the delight of the hardy band of Rams supporters who had made the trip.

A point worthy perhaps worthy of note is that Ramsbottom United have scored two or more goals in seven out of the last eight outings, a stat which indicates the attacking prowess Chris Willcock's side are continuing to show since the recent appointment some six weeks ago.

Sadly one of footballs most well worn clichés came to fruition as no sooner had the Rams taken the lead than Yaxley won a free kick which was played into the visitors box from the left hand side and as the defence struggled to clear the ball fell kindly to home forward Tom Waumsley whose effort from ten yards found the back of the net to restore parity at two goals each.

The Rams were putting in an excellent second half showing with the hard working midfield duo of Eddie Moran an Jamie Rother putting in their usual high levels of commitment as the visitors continued to look a goal scoring threat and almost regained the lead on 73 minutes when a Tom Kennedy free kick found the head of our travel companion for the day Luke Thompson whose header across goal found Nialle Rodney six yards from goal but the header was straight at Sutton.

A series of corners and free kicks for the visitors couldn't bring any reward but Yaxley were by no means out of the equation and continued to threaten the Rams defence on the counter attack without seriously threatening Sam Ashton in the final ten minutes or so.

With time ticking away the Rams continued to push forward looking for the decisive fifth goal and as in recent weeks the team continued to look strong in the latter stages of matches and with almost the final action of the night the visitors almost claimed victory when another penetrating attack opened up the Yaxley defence and despite three players having efforts at goal none of them could scramble the ball home and the contest ended even at 2-2.

As the final whistle sounded at the end of an entertaining match the Ramsbottom United players, staff and fans showed their mutual appreciation for each others efforts on a difficult night in which most present would not be getting back home until around 1am.

The result would dictate that Yaxley will have to undertake the gruelling midweek trip to Lancashire as the two sides will reconvene for a replay at the Riverside Stadium next Tuesday night with the winners due to travel to Pickering Town in the next round of the competition.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran ,Thompson, Ellison, Rodney, Rother, Jerome, Donaldson (Rowe 88 mins) Evangelinos

Unused Subs- Osi-Efa, Jarrett, Foulds, Dwyer (GK)

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REPORT: Skelmersdale United 0 Rams 3

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Skelmersdale United v Ramsbottom United.

Report by Damien Barlow

On a blustery afternoon in Merseyside where hosts Skelmersdale's more boisterous and physical approach seemed to work for much of the first half in an attempt to stop the visitors from playing eventually caught up with them in the second half as Ramsbottom pulled away and ultimatley ending the game with 10 men.

As the game got underway, it was the away side who enjoyed more of the ball, and repeatedly tried their luck down the right through Nialle Rodney. It was the number 7 who managed to get the games first cross away which only found the home keeper. Skelmersdale's first attempt on Sam Ashtons goal came as a result of a free kick in the corner after a strong coming together where Thompson was deemed the guilty party. The resulting kick was easliy dealt with and cleared by Moran to the edge of the box where Anthony Donaldson was impeded challenging for the second ball and winning his side a free kick - a pattern that would become only too familiar as the game developed.

The opening minutes continued in the same veign with freekicks a plenty, and little chance of any notable string of passes being put together as the game struggled to wriggle free of the scrappy start that had been served up thus far.

It was the home side who ended up fashioning the best chance of breaking the deadlock, as full back Charles Duke turned Evangelinos in his own half and brought the ball forward before sending a well delivered 40 yard ball looking for No9 Declan Daniels which cleared the Rammy back line and found its intended target. Daniels worked enough space and got his effort away on the half volley, but lacked real purpose and Ashtons positional acumen made the save a simple task. However in his attempt at goal the challenge which hampered a more powerful shot seemed to have caused the front man some pain, and as both physios attended to him on the pitch, he finally left the playing area on a stretcher - hopefully this is nothing too serious and a speedy recovery is wished by all.

As the free kick count rose with intent, Tom Kennedy sent the latest award wide right to Kyle Jacobs who took a couple of rare allowed touches before sending in a teasing cross for Thompson to attack but his effort was short of power and direction and bobbled wide. As the half progressed, Ramsbottom number 10 Donaldson was coming under more and more scrutiny from Skelmersdale who seem to have taken a dis-like to him, and a fourth 'clever' foul drew another free kick. Again in was Kennedy who sent the kick towards the back post for Thompson who won the header but Skelmersdale cleared their lines without too much trouble.

The breakthrough did finally come on the 22nd minute as Donaldson worked his way from his man down the left and managed to work the ball towards the 6 yard line for Ruben Jerome to make no mistake and smash his attempt past the static Smith.


The goal and lead now gave the vistors the confidence to try and play more football, and again it was Rodney who worked down the right, away from his man and into the area, only for his in-box pass to be cleared. His sheer tenacity though, and with help from Jacobs, the ball was back in Rammy possession. Skelmersdale seemed to take offence at the wingers trickery, and so another free kick was awarded, and Tom Kennedys left foot, which by now must have been on overtime, sent another in-swinger towards the back post for Ellison to powerfully thunder a header inches over the bar.

The 26th minute finally saw the referees goodwill run out with the over zealous approach from Skelmersdale and the yellow card came out to play as James Ohara needlessly hacked down Niall Rodney who was a yard from the touch line. The favour was returned minutes later, and just as needlessly, Rodney found his name taken for challenge that had more than a hint of retribution about it.

As the half time whistle thankfully blew on a 45 minutes which was littered with free kicks, mis-placed passes and 2 very different game plans, Ramsbottom did hold the advantage and with something to hold on to would hopefully build on in the second half.


The second half started without any changes from either side.

If anyone was wondering if a change in approach would greet the on-lookers for the 2nd period they were left in no doubt, as Ramsbottom were awarded their first re-start set piece within 10 seconds of the half. This was quickly followed up with another foul on Donaldson who took a friendly knock to the back of his head. Back on his feet and ready to go, the referee allowed him the pleasure of the 40 yard trip to the touch line and then immediatley making the return trip back to where he started.

52 minutes saw the next decent half chance for the visitors, as Jacobs intercepted a wayward pass and travelled forward looking for Jerome but unfortunatley the covering defender mopped up any danger. The vigour and energy from Ramsbottom allowed them to chase the ball down on several occasions and as Tom Kennedy held the ball for a second too long, William Dunne mis-timed his challenge and became the second Skelmersdale player to aquaint himself with the referees book.

The bookings count was levelled up again shortly after as Ryan Ellisons challenge on the recently booked Dunne was frowned uopn by the man in the middle and after giving himself a few moments to be sure, duely issued the warning of the yellow kind.

On 55 minutes the away side had a half hearted appeal for a penalty as Jerome rolled his man on the right hand side and sent in a low cross which was blocked by the covering defender who was lying on the floor. The offical waved away any appeals coming his way, suggesting no intent.

Tom Molyneux became the latest player in the book, arguably the most harsh of the day as the ball was played in field to Bembo-Leta he dummied the oncoming Molyneux who had already, in fairness, commited to the challenge and had no way of pulling out.

The hour mark brought a great chance for the visitors to double their lead and probably put the game to bed. Ruben Jerome again showing great skill and ability to brek free on the right side. A half challenge offered him the opportunity to chance his arm for a penalty claim but rightly chose to stay on his feet and found Evangelinos who showed equal ability to work an opening and got a shot away which beat the keeper only to be thwarted by the covering man on the line, his clearence only found Bembo-Leta and from 7 yards somehow with the goal gaping sent his effort wide.

The second goal for Ramsbottom did arrive minutes later, as Evangelinos picked the ball up just in the Skelmersdale half and immediatley looked to run at the back tracking defence. With only Jerome ahead he lifted a perfectly weighted ball into the path of the eager striker and once he had muscled his man off the ball he clinically despatched the ball in the top corner leaving the keeper well and truely beaten.


The 70th minute saw yet another cynical challenge on Donaldson, this time from home captain Phil Mooney. The challenge had a comparable similarity to the first 2 of the day, being down near the dug out touchline, and as Donaldson dropped his shoulder one way and was ready to set off the other Mooney sythed him down waist height. This needless booking would prove very costly later.

Chris Willcock made his first changes of the day on 72 minutes seeing Rodney and Jerome leaving the field and Rainford and Rowe replacing them, and on 80 minutes saw Donaldson finally given some respite from the constant attention from the hosts and he was replaced by Khalil Osi-Efa.

Recently introduced sub, Louis Rowe showed good footwork on 82 minutes in the area, and with Rainford begging for the pass which would leave him with a free hit at goal, decided to go alone and tried his luck only for the keeper to parry, this time the rebound was turned in by Evangelinos, and the game was now safe.


On 86 minutes the Skelmersdale captain was given the un-welcome privilege of an early bath as another reckless challenge, this time on the Ramsbottom no11 led to a second yellow card. After a brief consultation with his assistant, the referee was happy this was the correct decision.

As the full time whistle was blown, Chris Willcock and his team can look back on a very well earned victory, a day when football won the war against the battle. Skelmersdale's in your face approach did not intimidate or de-rail Ramsbottoms game plan, and the individual as well as team quality ensured the 3 points came back to the Riverside.


RAMS: Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran, Thompson, Ellison, Rodney (Rainford 75'), Bembo-Leta, Jerome (Rowe 75'), Donaldson (Osi-Efa 81'), Evangelios

Unused subs: Rother, Foulds.

Attendance - 118

Referee - Jake Topp

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The Rams face a ridiculously long Tuesday trip to Cambridgeshire, to take on Peterborough-based Yaxley in the next round of the FA Trophy.

The kick-off has been put back by 15 minutes in case of traffic problems on the near 320 mile round trip. Having beaten Trafford away and Frickley Athletic away to reach this stage, a game on the road should hold no fears following further success away to Skelmersdale United (3-0) and much-fancied Prescot Cables (4-0) in the League.

Yaxley sit 16th in the Southern League Division One North, with 11 points from 12 league games, so the Rams make the journey south with much optimism that they can proceed to the 3rd Qualifying round, and along with that, continue to boost the clubs’ coffers, with no home game scheduled for the whole of November, although that could change should the game be drawn, as the replay would be at the HWRS on Tuesday 20th.

The winners of the tie will travel to etiher AFC Mansfield or Pickering Town on Saturday 24th November


In2itive Park

Leading Drove, Off Holme Road

Yaxley. Peterborough


Admission Prices - Adults £8, Concessions £4, U12's Free.

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Due to an FA enquiry into a player fielded in previous rounds of the FA Trophy by Kidsgrove Athletic, Ramsbottom United are unable to confirm when or where they will be playing in the next round of the FA Trophy.

The game was scheduled to be played next Saturday, 10th November, but we are unlikely to have a definitive answer as to who we will be playing or if we will be playing on Saturday until late on Wednesday morning.

One potential outcome of the FA ruling is that the Rams may be required to undertake a 4 hour journey on a Tuesday evening, which the club feels is totally unfair, and representations have already been made to the FA in this regard.

Until we have a definitive answer from the FA as to who our opponents will be and on what date, we have nothing further to add.

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REPORT: Rams 5 Yaxley 1

Ramsbottom United made it 10 games unbeaten under new boss Chris Willcock and booked a place in the third qualifying round of The FA Trophy with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Yaxley in the second qualifying round.

Tricky left winger Nic Evangelinos grabbed his first hat-trick for the club on a brilliant Tuesday night for Rammy as their superb form continued.

The Rams made just one change to the side that won 1-0 at Colwyn Bay the previous Saturday, Joel Bembo-Leto was cup tied and he was replaced in the starting eleven by Ryan Ellison.

The Rams came straight out of the blocks as left winger Nic Evangelinos’s effort was saved smartly by Yaxley keeper Oliver Sutton.

Seconds later Evangelinos got his rewards for his earlier effort and was brought down in the box under a challenge from the Yaxley defender. Nialle Rodney tucked the ball home to give the Rams a perfect start.

The following minutes saw a flurry of chances at both ends. Yaxley number ten Daniel Cotton provided the biggest threat, cutting inside past Tom Kennedy yet only saw his chance fly over the bar.

Nialle Rodney and Anthony Donaldson both had chances to double the Rams lead. Against the run of play it was the visitors who struck the leveller. Cotton again proved troublesome down the right, his cross turned into the net by Rams centre back Luke Thompson.

Thompson's own goal was unfortunate for The Rams, coming at a time when the home side were dominant. Rodney, Donaldson, Ruben Jerome caused havoc throughout as the woodwork was struck more than a few times in the opening forty five minutes.

The Rams response was just what Willcock would have wanted, doubling their advantage ten minutes later. Evangelinos got his first of the night ten minutes later, his first attempt coming off the cross bar before firing home as Rammy retook the lead.

The killer goal came just on half time as the Rams pocket rocket Evangelinos got his name on the scoresheet again as Rammy went into half time with a two goal advantage.

HT: Ramsbottom 3-1 Yaxley

The second half was rather one sided as the home side began to turn the screw. Anthony Donaldson had the first attempt but Yaxley keeper Sutton was equal to it and saved the shot with ease.

The Rams could have had another shortly after, only for Nialle Rodney’s effort to be chalked off for offside.

Ramsbottom got a fourth on 61 minutes, Luke Thompson made amends for his first half mishap with a goal at the right end this time, heading home from a corner. The Rams number five was later subbed shortly after and will miss the game at Pickering due to suspension.

The men in blue made it five ten minutes later as Greek international Evangelinos got his third and Rammy's fifth of the game, converting a trio of goals and of course a hat-trick, something that hasn’t been seen in these parts for a while!

The Rams enjoyed a keep ball exercise in the final moments and as expected boss Willcock was rather pleased with his sides display.

‘The players have settled into the club very well, trying to take on board the philosophy I’m trying to encourage them to do and as you can see it’s working out very well on the pitch’.

Despite the current form, Willcock was rather reserved about the sides chances of a cup triumph.

‘To take the lads to Wembley will be a tough ask in this competition, a really difficult task when the conference and Conference North teams come into it’.

‘But can we take the team a couple more rounds, I'd like to think so, maybe if we can get a plumb tie then that would be a nice end to the competition’.

Should Nic Evangelinos continue to show this level of performance, anything is possible for this ever improving side.

Team vs Yaxley; Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran, Thompson (Osi-Efa 64') , Ellison, Rodney (Lugsden 77') , Rother, Jerome, Donaldson, Evangelinos (Jarrett 71')

Unused Subs: Rowe, Hart

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REPORT: Colwyn Bay 0 Rams 1

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 17th November 2018



Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United continued their gruelling series of away fixtures with a visit to North Wales on Saturday afternoon to take on Colwyn Bay in what was their seventh game on the road from their last eight matches played.

The trip to the Welsh coast saw the Rams make one enforced alteration to the team that gained a creditable draw in Tuesday nights FA Trophy match against Yaxley with Joel Bembo-Leto replacing the suspended Ryan Ellison at the heart of the visitors defence.

The early exchanges of the match saw both trade attempts at goal with Nialle Rodney testing Coughlin and Pritchard for the home side replying with a low shot which Sam Ashton gathered comfortably.

Colwyn Bay began the tussle in a fairly confident manner utilising the width provided by Pritchard and Barrigan as the hosts looked to start the game positively, indeed the former was on the receiving end of a strong tackle from Anthony Donaldson on ten minutes which resulted in the first yellow card of the match for the Rams midfielder.

Ramsbottom began to look more dangerous as the half wore on and perhaps had a legitimate shout for a penalty as Nic Evangelinos appeared to have been brought down in the penalty area but referee Rooney waived away the pleas of the visitors.

With almost twenty minutes played the home side fashioned the clearest chance to open the scoring when a strong burst through midfield from McCready was halted by a strong challenge from Luke Thompson towards the edge of the penalty area but the ball fell kindly to Pritchard who shot wide of the target when well placed.

Both sides were looking to utilise the excellent playing surface in what was an even opening half hour for the crowd of 248 at Llanelian Road, despite the contest having an end to end feel about it neither team could fashion what could be described as a clear cut opportunity with defences having the better of their attacking counterparts.

Nialle Rodney was looking lively for the Rams as he appeared to have the beating of his full back but any crosses that were played into the Colwyn Bay penalty box were being dealt without too much alarm.

The hosts were forced into a substitution with ten minutes of the first period remaining as injury curtailed McCreadys increasingly influential promptings for Bay as Alex Downes, a Ramsbottom loanee from earlier in the season replaced the stricken schemer.

With the interval only minutes away Colwyn Bay manufactured the last noteworthy attempt of the half when a deep free kick found the head of Woods but his headed effort was easily gathered by Sam Ashton and as the referee brought a halt to proceedings the encounter was goal less at the midway point despite lots of endeavour from both teams.

The second period was only minutes old when Jamie Rother became the second Rams player to pick a caution as a strong tackle on Pritchard incurred the referees wrath. Ramsbottom United began strongly after the restart and efforts from Evangelinos and a stinging long range attempt from Rother brought former Wrexham goalkeeper Coughlin into action as the away side looked to apply some pressure on the home defence.

As the contest edged towards the hour mark the Rams were taking control of the match with Tom Kennedy becoming more and more influential as the minutes ticked by and on more than one occasion delivered a number of sublime crosses from both open play and set pieces that caused panic in the hosts defence but sadly the visiting forwards couldn't quite get on the end of.

The Rams made two substitutions in quick succession as firstly Bembo-Leto limped out the action on 61 minutes to be replaced in central defence by Khalil Osi-Efa before ex Colwyn Bay player Jamie Rainford took the place of the ever reliable and hard working Jamie Rother as Chris Willcock searched for the breakthrough.

With twenty minutes of the second half played the Rams did break the deadlock when, after a Kennedy corner had been cleared the ball found its way to Eddie Moran wide on the right touchline and the midfielder sent in a delicious cross which perfectly found the head of the onrushing Luke Thompson whose bullet header found the bottom corner of the net to give the fans favourite his third goal of the season.

The opening goal was really no more than the visitors deserved for their dominant second half showing and the lead could have been increased as Evangelinos and Rainford both had presentable efforts to add to the day trippers advantage.

Then with fifteen minutes remaining on the watch a potentially game changing incident occurred when a long goal kick from Bay goalkeeper caught out the Rams rearguard and with home striker Woods running through on goal and about to take a shot Luke Thompson brought down the forward and the referee had little choice but to issue a red card to the visitors goal scorer.

With a man advantage Colwyn Bay saw their opportunity to wrestle back the momentum and began to utilise their extra player cleverly putting the unfamiliar looking Rams defence under severe pressure, The first of a number of chances that fell to Colwyn Bay came on 81 minutes when ex Ram Downes forced an excellent save from Ashton before a succession of free kicks and corners gave the travelling supporters cause for concern as the slender lead was becoming increasingly at risk.

As the minutes ebbed away the hosts laid siege to Sam Ashtons goal, with some wayward finishing and heroic defending from the whole Ramsbottom side the hosts were becoming frustrated as the visitors repelled everything Colwyn Bay could throw at them.

With two of the four minutes of injury time signalled elapsed the Rams had one last scare to negotiate when a match winning double save from Sam Ashton denied Pritchard and Mendes in quick succession to ensure that after a resolute defensive display, ten men for the last 15 minutes and a reorganised defence it would be the visitors that would leave North Wales with all 3 points.

As the players and supporters celebrated a fine victory, the manner of the win encapsulates the growing confidence and team spirit this group of players and staff have generated in a short period of time.

After an unbeaten run of 10 matches in all competitions and a testing week which has seen the team travel over 500 miles in just a few days,the manner of this triumph must give all involved a huge amount of pride and confidence going into Tuesday nights FA Trophy replay against Yaxley at the Riverside.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran ,Thompson, Bembo-Leto (Osi-Efa 61 mins), Rodney, Rother (Rainford 64 mins) , Jerome, Donaldson, Evangelinos

Unused Subs- Rowe, Foulds, Hart

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REPORT: Prescot Cables 0 Rams 4

Evo-Stik West Division

Tuesday 6th November 2018


Attendance: 243

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United made their second visit to Merseyside in four days as they took on high flying Prescot Cables on Tuesday night.

After a comfortable looking 3-0 win against Skelmersdale at the weekend the Rams arrived at Volair Park with just one change to their starting line as Jamie Rother replaced Anthony Donaldson as Chris Willcocks' charges went in search of their fifth consecutive victory against a Prescot outfit that had won all five of their home league games to date this season.

On a blustery evening the game began at a frantic pace with the hosts almost taking the lead in the opening minute when a strong run down the Rams right hand side gave leading scorer Almond a shot at goal but the effort narrowly crept wide of the far post to serve notice that the home side would provide a stern test to the visitors recent good run of form.

The opening exchanges of the contest suggested there may be goals and on nine minutes Ramsbottom United opened the goal scoring when a good passage of play through midfield lead to the ball being fed out to Nialle Rodney on the right edge of the Prescot penalty area, the tricky wide man cut inside full back Edgar before unleashing an explosive left footed effort that fizzed past Barnes in the home goal to register his fourth goal in five appearances and the Rams had taken the lead.

Moments later the lead was almost doubled when Nic Evangelinos cut inside and curled a superb effort towards the top corner before home keeper Barnes pulled off an excellent one handed flying save to keep the home side just one goal adrift.

With confidence coursing through the Rams team the home side were struggling to create any clear cut opportunities after their initial bright start, on twenty minutes the away side again almost added to their advantage when a Tom Kennedy corner perfectly found the head of Ryan Ellison but the ball ended up in Barnes midriff rather than the back of the net.

Ramsbottom United pushed forward confidently hoping to force home their superiority with the forward line causing Prescot numerous problems and with just over five minutes of the first half remaining the visitors doubled their lead when the tireless Ruben Jerome flicked the ball into the path of Evangelinos who outpaced his marker before sending a low shot underneath Barnes to give the recent arrival his second goal in two games.

As the referee blew his whistle the visitors were deservedly in front but had to be wary of a response from Prescot who wouldn't want to surrender their 100% home record without a battle.

Perhaps predictably the hosts began the second period with renewed vigour and won a number of corner kicks which the Rams defence repelled superbly protecting Sam Ashton in determined fashion. much to the frustration of the home faithful.

Then on 56 minutes, a moment that those present will remember for a long time. The Rams won a free kick midway in their own half which goal keeper Sam Ashton struck with the sole intention of shooting towards goal and with the wind behind him the ball flew over his opposite number Barnes who was on the boundary of his own penalty area and amazingly the ball bounced over his Prescot counterpart and into the net to give the Rams a sensational three goal lead. With the goal keeper being mobbed by his team mates and Volair Park is a state of shock the Ramsbottom United management team suggested that the attempt at goal was something that had been discussed at the interval, without doubt a sensational moment to witness.

Before the crowd had time to catch their breath the visitors amazingly scored a fourth goal when good play down the Rams right hand channel found the impressive Jamie Rother free on the corner of the penalty area and the midfielders low drive found the back of the Cables net to give the away side an unassailable lead.

Chris Willock then made all three changes with Rodney, Evangelinos and Jerome being replaced by Donaldson, Rainford and Rowe respectively as the Rams took the opportunity to rest some players ahead of a busy schedule.

The remaining twenty minutes of the encounter were played with a back drop of disbelief about what the crowd of 253 had witnessed but the home side continued to push forward and gave the Rams rear guard a testing period of time with goal scoring hero Sam Ashton called upon to make a couple of fine saves, one in particular stands out when a wide free kick looked destined for the top corner but the Rams custodian acrobatically tipped the effort over the bar.

Incredibly the Rams almost grabbed a fifth goal when good link up play between the substitutes Rowe and Rainford gave the latter a great chance to open his account for his new club but his effort struck the post. This wouldn't be the last of the chances as the hosts pushed forward hoping for a consolation goal but determined defending and a couple more routine saves from Ashton preserved the away sides clean sheet and in turn gave Ramsbottom their first league victory away from home on a Tuesday night since winning at Colne in October 2016.

As the final whistle brought an end to a outstanding team performance from the Rams in which it would be difficult and unfair to single out any particular individual for specific praise as all departments of the team performed superbly as the visitors ended Prescots impeccable home record and deservedly took the 3 points back to the Riverside Stadium with their fifth win on the trot, fourth consecutive clean sheet and a tally of fourteen goals scored in an unbeaten run now stretching to seven matches under Chris Willcock.

It is worth noting that the Rams have now not conceded a goal for 447 minutes whilst compiling a quite outstanding sequence of results and performances which has seen this hugely entertaining and very watchable team rise to fourth place in the league table.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Rother ,Thompson, Ellison, Rodney (Rainford 68 mins), Bembo-Leto, Jerome (Rowe 59mins), Moran, Evangelinos (Donaldson 68 mins).

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Category: Club News

PREVIEW: Skelmersdale (A)

The Rams, resurgent under new boss Chris Willcock, make the first of two visits in four days to Volair Park, home of Prescot Cables, who we meet there on Tuesday, to take on their tenants Skelmersdale United.

It’s well known the problems “Skem” have been facing with their eviction from the Stormy Corner ground earlier this year, and the fact they have been nomads in recent months.

However, news of a possible return to their home town in the foreseeable future has probably lifted a few clouds over the west Lancashire club.

On the field, their woes have continued, with just a single League victory for their troubles so far, but such games come under the banner of “banana skins”, and whilst they are looking for their debut win at Prescot this campaign, we will need to be wary of them and ensure that their opening three points has to wait a little longer.

Two potential additions to the squad are Friday signings Keiran Lugsden and Martin Parker, as the manager continues to rebuild the Rams team in an effort to climb the table with a view to securing at least a play-off spot come the end of the season.

On paper, this game looks winnable, but as we all know, football is not played on paper!

A healthy following will hopefully cheer the Rams on to another three points and an extension to the undefeated run.