The big clean up to try and get the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium starts on Bank Holiday Monday at 11am.
A relegation six-pointer against a Stamford side which has recovered from a three goal deficit to grab a point in the reversed fixture earlier in the season, ended with neither side particularly happy as once again it prove to be a point apiece.
Ramsbottom United's newly appointed manager Garry Vaughan spoke to www.rammyunited.co.uk following the 2-1 away defeat to Halesowen Town - speaking about the match, the club and team in transition and his hopes and ambitions for the remainder of the season.
It took 210 minutes of keenly contested football and 20 penalties, all but the last one converted, to separate two teams that are much more evenly matches than the disparity in league positions might suggest.
2015 will go down as Ramsbottom United's "annus horribilis" after the most traumatic twelve months in the 50-year history of the club.
As manager Garry Vaughan continues to reshape his squad for what he anticipates being a tough second half of the season, as Ramsbottom United look to escape the claws of relegated from the Evo-Stik Premier, one player arrives as another leaves.
A youthful Rams side travelled to mid-table Halesowen Town and came away with an encouraging performance despite going down 2-1.
For anyone who was at the Ashton United FA Trophy match on Saturday, they would like to apologise for the match programme was not up to its usual professional standard.
The very bad weather that has battered the North West over the last month or so has arrived with a vengeance in Ramsbottom over the last 24 hours as Storm Eva has seen the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium completely flooded.
With just 20 minutes left and the game still poised at 0-0, the Rams were denied a clear goal when the referee and linesman between them failed to spot that a Shelton Payne free kick had crossed the line by a good yard. It would be easy to see this misfortune as the turning point in the match but in truth the Rams were second best throughout and the performance as a whole was a step backwards from the promise shown in recent matches.
Ramsbottom United had cause to celebrate on Saturday, as their game away at Halesowen Town saw the 250th appearance in goal for club captain Grant Shenton.
The Rams were twice in front but never in control of this FA Trophy tie and a reply back at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night was a fair outcome.
All at Ramsbottom United Football Club would like to wish their supporters, sponsors, players, officials and followers a very Merry Christmas.
It is very sad to see how far many of the less attractive aspects of football at the senior level, both on and off the pitch, are creeping into the game at semi-professional level. One example is a level disinterest almost amounting to disdain which clubs are showing to cup competitions by fielding below strength teams in front of low crowds.
The game was the season so far and the prospects for the rest of the season in a microcosm - a display of tremendous potential if this group of players can be kept together but at the same time a demonstration of a continuing inability to maintain an even level of performance or to control and kill off games.
This was a game the Rams should never have lost so while there will be some considerable comfort to be taken in the evidence of continuing improvement there will also be concern at the failings which saw the points slip away.