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THE RAMS – POETRY IN MOTION!

It would seem that Ramsbottom United’s record-breaking run in the FA Trophy has registered in some unlikely places.

Reaching the Third Round proper (last 16) has really caught the imagination, as the east Lancashire club is the only representative of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League still in contention for a trip to Wembley should a place in the final be realised.

Before that, there is the little matter of a game against AFC Fylde, three divisions higher and chasing a place in the Football League.

So the game at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Saturday (2nd February) really is a David v Goliath contest, with the Rams hoping to produce a cup shock and gain a place in the quarter-finals.

The previous round (the furthest the club had ever reached) saw Southern League big boys Weymouth make the long journey north. Expecting to return home triumphant, the Dorset side were stung by a last gasp equaliser by the Rams which necessitated a 550 mile round trip to Weymouth the following Tuesday for the replay.

More in hope than expectation, a fearless band of seventeen supporters made the arduous trip to support the team, and returned joyfully with a 3-1 victory under their belts, much to the disapproval of the frustrated home fans. Hence the game against AFC Fylde.

Inspired by the progress made by “Little ol’ Rammy”, a local poet promised that should the team win on the south coast, he would pen a special tribute in the form of a poem dedicated to the club.

Following the fine win, that’s exactly what PAUL JENKINS did.

Here's what Paul said regarding writing the poem: “Sometimes my job is just BRILLIANT and Saturday was no exception. To big up the club in anticipation of what’s arguably one of Ramsbottom United’s biggest ever games (vs AFC Fylde FA Trophy 3rd round - it’s a BIG deal) I was invited down to the Riverside to scribe a new piece. Such an honour to be asked to write for something right at the very centre of our town's community.

“Here’s the result - a tribute to those who brave the cold each week to watch people who aren’t earning millions and surprisingly don’t spend 90 minutes rolling around on the floor.

“If you’re local to Rammy - come on down and show your support next Saturday 2nd Feb at 3pm. Let’s pack the place out!”



Have you not heard the poem? Find it below



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PHOTOS: GNE 0 Rams 5

Photos from yesterday's 5-0 win vs Glossop North End, taken by Frank Crook



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REPORT: Weymouth 1 Rams 3 - Rams make history!

Ramsbottom United booked their place in the third round of the Buildbase FA Trophy with a sensational 3-1 victory over Southern League Premier promotion chasers Weymouth on a memorable night in Dorset.

Faced with a 550-mile round journey on a Tuesday night, Chris Willcock's men produced the performance of the season to shock their hosts.

The visitors made just one change to the starting XI that played on Saturday - the impressive Iyrwah Gooden replacing the unavailable Simon Woodford.

And it was the youngster who showed the Rams meant business within the first minute when he sprinted down the right to force a good save from the Weymouth keeper Thomas. Gooden was again to the fore shortly afterward as his shot was blocked and Eddie Moran's fierce drive following up was straight at the keeper.

Rammy were very much in the ascendancy in the early stages but could have fallen behind when the returning Ben Thomson shot over when one-on-one with Sam Ashton when it was easier to find the net.

It was end to end stuff but the Rams were resolute in defence and Weymouth always looked dangerous coming forward.

The deadlock was broken just past the half hour mark when Tom Kennedy's excellent cross deep in Weymouth territory saw Terras’ defender Sam Sherring head past his own keeper.

Parity was restored just two minutes later when Thomson was the beneficiary of some indifferent defending and, with Ashton sprinting out of his goal, Odubade's cross found the forward to head into an empty net.

The Rams had two more excellent chances before the half was completed.

Gooden was released through the middle of the park and beat two defenders but saw his shot rebound off the post and the follow up sailed over and the Rams came again to force a point blank save from Thomas.

Whilst Weymouth started the second half strongly but it was the Rams who took the lead again after 54 minutes.

Once again, it was an error from the keeper that caused the goal. Thomas came out to a loose ball and Eddie Moran got the better of the bounce and lobbed the ball into the empty net to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

The home side continued to press with the highly dangerous Odubade cutting in from the right and bringing out a fine save from Ashton in the Rammy goal.

With the home crowd becoming restless, they were more so when Odubade, who was voted the home side man of the match, was substituted after 65 minutes.

And they were starting to head for the exits after 79 minutes, when Jason Carey made the Terras pay for their defensive frailties and shot under the advancing keeper to make it 3-1 to the visitors and set off wild scenes of celebration.

The Rams even missed a penalty in second half injury time when Gooden was upended in the box but skipper Tom Kennedy's shot sailed wide into the stands.

Time finally whittled down as the Rams defended two Weymouth corners and the final whistle saw incredible scenes as the lowest ranked team left in the tournament made the last 16 and a home date with National League outfit AFC Fylde on February 2.

What a night for Ramsbottom United!

Ramsbottom United: Ashton, Kennedy (capt), Jacobs, Moran, Thompson, Ellison Osi-Efa (Keiran Lugsden 71m), Rother, Carey, Gooden, Evangelinos. Subs not used: Donaldson, Hart.


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REPORT: Rams 5 AFC Fylde 5

Buildbase FA Trophy 3rd Round

Tuesday 5th February 2019

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 5 AFC FYLDE 5

Attendance: 746

Report by Adam Clark

The Rams made 3 changes from the team that Won 6-0 vs Skelmersdale United on January 26th – Kelvin Lugsden, Khalil Osi-Efa & Jamie Rainford dropped out. Luke Thompson, Jamie Rother & Jason Carey came into a Ramsbottom United side who were going to face the 3rd best defence in the National League

The first shot for the Rams came within three minutes, Midfielder Eddie Moran shot just wide, Fylde’s Danny Rowe had two good chances within the 8th minute. First his shot was fired over the bar and second time Rams defender Ryan Ellison was there with a last ditch sliding challenge.

AFC Fylde took the lead on 10 minutes, a ball was played across to Serhat Tasdemir who looked to be in an offside position slotted home for the National League side’s first of the evening.

The Rams had a penalty shout four minutes later when a Fylde defender appeared to have handled in the area but match referee Joe Hull turned down the appeals.

The first yellow card of the evening was given to Fylde’s top scorer Danny Rowe for a late challenge on Rams right back Kyle Jacobs, the weather making the challenge look worse than it actually was.

Fylde doubled their lead on 33 minutes when Nick Haughton picked up a stray pass, found space outside the area and put in a shot from just inside the penalty area that found it’s way through the Rams defence and into the back of the net for the 2nd goal for the visitors from the coast

The Rams roared back with 2 goals in 2 minutes to level what was becoming a fast and fascinating cup tie. First, Luke Thompson scored with a great header in front of the Jack Wolfenden Stand which gave the fans a glimmer of hope, and moments later came the equaliser on 39 minutes. Nic Evangelinos put the ball through a sea of bodies from a Tom Kennedy ball in.

With half-time approaching and no slackening of the pace in what was becoming an end-to-end contest, AFC Fylde again took the lead in the final minute of normal time. Following a superb freekick by Tom Kennedy that looked to be heading into the top left corner, he was denied as the keeper pulled off a great save to deny the former Football league defender.

Within seconds, Fylde broke Fylde restored their lead, as from a corner Jordan Tunnicliffe towered above the Rams defence and headed home to put the Coasters ahead at the break, after an exhilarating 45 minutes in atrocious conditions.

Having gone in at the break frustrated by the late goal, the Rams began the second half in the worst possible style as the visitors once more raced into a two goal lead. Two minutes into the second half Tasdemir made the most of a slight defensive error by the Rams to find space behind the defence and notch a simple fourth. At this point I don’t think anyone could have prepared themselves for what was about to happen

9 minutes into the second half, the ball came across from Jason Carey, towards Moran but keeper Griffiths smothered it into his arms.

The Rams made the first sub on 58 minutes – Ruben Jerome came on to replace Mansfield loanee Iyrah Gooden and what a substitution that was from Chris & the management team.

Less than two minutes after that substitution, Nic Evangelinos got his second of the evening after he drilled his shot low and past the keeper on 60 minutes.

Pushing forward with increased confidence, just five minutes later the ground erupted as Ruben Jerome poached a Rams equaliser, his cross come shot finding the back of the net.

The volume went up even more on 83 minutes when the Rams went 5-4 up, Nic Evangelinos was the man to put the Rams ahead of the first time in the tie as he bundled the ball home from close range and to complete his hat-trick, and complete a remarkable come-back in a second half dominated by the home side.

However, there was still time for more drama as Fylde leveled just three minutes later, Andy Bond the man to score the equaliser which means the Rams will make the trip to the Fylde coast next Tuesday to battle it out to get a place in the quarter finals.

This was a game to stay long in the memory, played superbly by both teams on a heavy pitch in driving rain. A great advertisement for non-league football, and once again the Rams make history as they prepare for a trip to the Fylde coast next Tuesday.

Ramsbottom United – Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran, Thompson, Ellison, Gooden (Jerome 58’), Rother, Carey (Donaldson 79’), Kieran Lugsden, Evangelinos.

Subs not used – Osi-Efa, Parker, Hart.

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REPORT: Glossop North End 0 Rams 5

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 19th January 2019

GLOSSOP NORTH END 0 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 5

Attendance: 256

Report by Adam Clark

The Rams have stretched their great away form to 12 unbeaten by winning 5-0 at Glossop North End in a Five Star Performance from the Rams.

The Rams made 2 changes to the team that historically won at Weymouth on Tuesday night. The Lugsden twins came into the side in place of Luke Thompson who dropped to the bench & Jamie Rother who was unavailable.

1st HALF

The Rams had two good chances within in the opening five minutes, firstly Gooden’s cross was blocked by Russ Saunders as he saved it at his near post then Evangelinos tried his luck from the edge of the box but it was once again saved by Saunders.

The first chance for Glossop came on 14 minutes, after a good run from Adam Latham who was the best player on the pitch for the home side blasted the ball well out of Surrey Street.

Two minutes later, Former Ram Dom Marie teed up Latham who shot but Kelvin Lugsden blocked well on the line for Sam Ashton to collect safely. Halfway through the first half, The Rams had a corner after Eddie Moran’s cross was headed out then from the former GNE man Kelvin Lugsden, his header came off the post, that was the best chance the Rams had upto that moment.

Eleven minutes from the break, The Rams had a penalty appeal for handball turned down by referee Daniel Guest.

The Rams took the lead on the stroke of half time, Evangelinos crossed into the box for Jamie Rainford to score a great angled shot from around 12 yards out.

HALF TIME GNE 0 Rams 1

2nd HALF

The Rams were quick out of the blocks in the second half, Gooden had a shot saved by keeper Saunders within the opening minute. The Rams doubled their lead within 6 minutes of the restart Nic Evangelinos scored after a cross from Jacobs fell to Eddie Moran who teed up the Greek star to put home his 11th goal for the Rams.

Five minutes later the Rams got a third, Evangelinos the scorer again after he shot from the right hand side and through the keeper’s hands to get a 2nd for himself.

The Rams then made their first sub on the hour mark and Mansfield loanee Iyrwah Gooden was replaced by former Glossop man Jason Carey.

Two minutes later the scorer of the first goal Jamie Rainford wanted his second of the afternoon but his shot was saved by Saunders.

Then only a minute later Glossop were awarded a penalty after a foul in the box by a Rammy defender, Midfielder Adam Latham the man to step up and his penalty hit the post, it came back out and the Rams cleared well.

The Rams then made a double sub with 23 minutes to go, Nic Evangelinos who scored the Rams 2nd & 3rd goals was replaced by Richard Brodie. Eddie Moran was also substituted, Anthony Donaldson was the man that replaced him.

Rammy got their fourth with 19 minutes remaining, Jamie Rainford shot. It deflected off the keeper but Rainford followed up and headed it home for his second of the afternoon.

The Rams were in the dreamland fifteen minutes from time as they got a fifth, substitute Richard Brodie was the scorer after a ball was played over to him and he scored from close range.

Richard Brodie was involved again three minutes later when he was fouled for a penalty, Rainford on a hat-trick stepped up and it was saved well by Saunders.

The Rams had their final chance, five minutes from time when Jamie Rainford hit the bar

So Rammy headed back across the M67 with all 3 points and a well-deserved win after a rampant second half with four goals coming in 25 second half minutes and the 30 or so Rammy fans that made the trip to the borders of the Peak District were treated to another great win!

FULL TIME GNE 0 Rams 5

Ramsbottom United (4-1-4-1): Sam Ashton; Tom Kennedy, Kelvin Lugsden, Ryan Ellison, Kyle Jacobs; Khalil Osi-Efa; Nic Evangelinos (Richard Brodie 67’); Eddie Moran (Anthony Donaldson 67’), Kieran Lugsden, Irywah Gooden (Jason Carey 60’); Jamie Rainford Unused Subs: Luke Thompson, Joel Bembo-Leta
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RAMS THROUGH TO the LAST 16 of FA TROPHY

The full time whistle has just blown at the Bob Lucas Stadium and the Rams have beaten Weymouth 3-1, Goals from Eddie Moran & Jason Carey sealed the win for the Rams in the second half

The Rams will now face AFC Fylde in the Last 16 on Feburary 2nd!

Match Report from Richard Issacs & Match Photos from Frank Crook will be online tomorrow

And on behalf of everyone at Ramsbottom United Football Club we'd like to thank the football world for your support this evening




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GAME ON TONIGHT vs AFC FYLDE!

GAME ON! The pitch has passed its preliminary inspection but with rain forecast this afternoon the match referee will do a further inspection about 5pm to confirm that the pitch is still fit.
Category: Match Reports

REPORT: Rams 6 Skelmersdale 0

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 26th January 2019

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 6 SKELMERSDALE UTD 0

Attendance-167

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United warmed up for their upcoming FA Trophy match against AFC Fylde in fine style with a convincing victory against bottom of the table side Skelmersdale on Saturday afternoon.

After last Saturdays five goal haul against Glossop the same eleven took to the field looking to continue the fine run of form which prior to kick off had seen the Rams unbeaten in their last ten matches in all competitions.

As the whistle blew to begin the contest , the rain also made an appearance and would be a constant companion during the afternoons events. It would be the hosts that would make the ideal start to the contest when on eight minutes a pass from Eddie Moran found an unmarked Jamie Rainford whose superbly timed through ball connected perfectly with the forward run of Nic Evangelinos whose calm finish under the onrushing Kirkman in the Skelmersdale goal to give the Rams the ideal start.

Perhaps a point worth noting was that the opening goal of the afternoon was the 50th to be scored under the tenure of manager Chris Willcock in 24 outings in all competitions.

The opening fifteen minutes saw the home side take the initiative as they looked to increase their advantage but had to be wary of the visitors who threatened an equaliser when a corner was cleared to Connor Belger and the wide mans goal bound effort flew past Sam Ashton before flicking the top of the crossbar to serve as a warning that the strugglers could offer some attacking menace.

Shortly after the let off Ramsbottom United doubled their advantage when Jamie Rainford received the ball just inside the penalty area before wriggling free of a couple of challenges before the strikers well placed shot from close range kissed the inside of the post before nestling in the back of the net to give the hard working forward his sixth goal in a Rams jersey.

The home side looked to take control of the contest as the lively Iyrwah Gooden struck the outside of the woodwork from a tight angle as the visitors were finding it a challenge to remain in the match in the opening stages but from the midway point of the first half Skelmersdale continued to battle hard and almost halved the arrears as Ashton again was forced into action at his near post to repel a well struck effort.

With the other top eight sides all facing each other it was important the Rams capitalised with a positive result to stake their claim for at least a play off berth come the end of the season. Despite their two goal advantage the home side found it more challenging to fashion any further clear cut goal scoring efforts as the half wore on, the best attempts were courtesy of a Kieran Lugsden effort which flew wide of the target before Gooden brought a comfortable save from the Skelmersdale stopper.

The Rams were almost made to pay again towards the half time break when after a corner was only cleared to the edge of the 18 yard box and a powerful effort at goal from Belger brought the best out of Sam Ashton as the visitors looked to give the hosts a warning that they wouldn't have it all their own way. The Rams ended the first period with a two goal lead and after a strong start to the match the last twenty minutes of the half were much more even as the hosts looked to take full advantage of their rivals match ups elsewhere.

Whatever was said at the interval clearly had an effect as within a couple of minutes the game was all but over as a contest when on loan winger Iyrwah Gooden picked up the ball in the left hand channel some 30 yards from goal before setting off on a mazy run which took him past two Skelmersdale defenders and to the edge of the penalty area where the Mansfield youngster unleashed a well directed shot which fizzed past Kirkman to give the Rams a three goal advantage that they would ultimately not surrender.

Within ten minutes of the restart Ramsbottom United had the opportunity to further increase their lead when a through ball found the speedy Gooden with a clear run towards goal and in a one on one situation with the Skelmersdale goalkeeeper, the speedy winger nicked the ball past the onrushing Kirkman but an outstretched hand brought down the youngster and referee David Croft had no choice but to give the hosts a penalty which, after a discussion between Rainford and Evangelinos the latter comfortably exacted the full punishment by sending the yellow carded custodian the wrong way to register his thirteenth goal for the upwardly mobile Rams.

This was the third successive match in which Ramsbottom had been awarded a spot kick and after two misses Nic Evangelinos may well have the role for the foreseeable future.

With an hour played, a four goal lead and with the three points looking secure Chris Willcock decided to utilise his bench with Anthony Donaldson replacing Khalil Osi-Efa in midfield and shortly afterwards two goal hero Evangelinos made way for Ruben Jerome who was returning after a three game suspension.

It is credit to Skelmersdale that despite the score line they continued to cause some uncertainty in the home defence with Ashton called upon twice in quick succession to deny the visitors a goal that their attacking play would have arguably deserved, but with the Rams intent on securing an eleventh clean sheets in their last 24 matches the home stopper lived up to his reputation of being one of, if not the best goal keeper in the division.

The final change of the afternoon for the Rams saw Richard Brodie take the place of the influential Iyrwah Gooden

As the contest entered the final ten minutes the hosts would equal their scoreline from last weeks win at Glossop by collecting their fifth goal of the afternoon when some intricate one touch passing around the edge of the visitors penalty box between Eddie Moran, Ruben Jerome and Jamie Rainford led to the latter firing home from close range to claim his second goal of the contest and fourth strike in his last two outings proving that the industrious forward certainly knows how to find the back of the net.

With almost the three minutes of additional time played the Rams would improve on last weeks tally when a through ball from Jamie Rainford found the run of Ruben Jerome who beat the offside trap before confidently firing low past Kirkman to round off a thoroughly impressive performance from the hosts whilst also perhaps indicating why the visitors have claimed just one victory in their 25 league games to date with the Skelmersdale goals conceded column showing almost three per match.

As the final whistle sounded the Rams had completed their second "double" of the season whilst jumping up to fifth position in the league standings and will be in confident mood ahead of their eagerly anticipated and historic FA Trophy Third Round encounter at the Riverside on Saturday against a high flying AFC Fylde outfit.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran, Kelvin Lugsden, Ellison, Gooden (Brodie 73 mins), Osi-Efa (Donaldson 58 mins), Rainford, Kieran Lugsden, Evangelinos (Jerome 67 mins)

Unused Subs- Thompson, Carey

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PREVIEW: Glossop North End (a)

After the euphoria of the tremendous FA Trophy victory away at Weymouth on Tuesday night, it’s a swift return back to the bread-and-butter of League action as the Rams face another away trip, this time a little closer to home, with a visit to Glossop North End.

Unusually the Hillmen find themselves in a relegation battle, sitting third from bottom with just three league wins all season, and just one of them at Surrey Street.

For Rams boss Chris Willcock, it’s a return to the club he not only took to Wembley in the FA Vase Final, but for whom he oversaw promotion from the North West Counties League to the Evo-Stik during his successful stint there.

Any old friendships will be cast aside as the Rams prepare to shed any feelings of complacency as they will face a side fighting for their lives and looking to bring the Rams down a peg or two after that win on Tuesday.

Under Willcock, the Rams have yet to lose on their travels, but this will be quite a tester and it’s hoped that a large number of Rammy supporters will make the short journey down to the edge of Derbyshire to cheer the team on. The brave seventeen who made the long 550 mile round trip to the south coast would certainly appreciate a much bigger following this time round, and this is a game vital to both clubs as the home side battle to escape the drop whilst the Rams look towards regaining a place in the play-offs.

It has all the potential to be a real cracker!



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FA TROPHY DRAW NEWS

The draw for the third round draw of the FA Trophy has just been made, The Rams will play AFC Fylde at HOME! if they win the replay against Weymouth on Tuesday.

The tie will take place on Saturday 2nd February 2019 at 3pm




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PREVIEW: AFC Fylde (H)

After the disappointing postponement due to snow and ice on Saturday, it’s fingers crossed that the game can go ahead although concerns over the state of the pitch mean that there will be an inspection on Tuesday lunch-time.

The winners of the tie will host the winners of the Carshalton Athletic v Barnet replay in the quarter final of non-league’s most prestigious knock-out competition.

The Rams are in fine form. Having famously knocked out higher league opposition Weymouth on the south coast in the last round, the two subsequent league games have seen the team victorious by the high margins of 5-0 and 6-0, and although the opponents are from the top tier of non-league football, the team will be relishing the challenge.

And quite a challenge it will be. AFC Fylde are currently riding high in the National League as they chase the target set by owner David Haythornthwaite when he took over the then-named Kirkham and Wesham in 2007, of reaching the Football League by 2022.

Many scoffed at the suggestion, but they now have three years to gain that final promotion to lead them into the EFL, after racing through the leagues from the early days of the West Lancs League.

The odds are very much in favour of the visitors to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, but cup football has a habit of producing shock results.

Can this be one of them?

We’ll have to wait and see and hope that the town of Ramsbottom gets behind it’s local side.

If the tie is level after 90 minutes, there will be a replay at AFC Fylde the following Tuesday.

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PREVIEW: Skelmersdale United (H)

Ahead of the much-anticipated FA Trophy game at home to AFC Fylde, there’s a little matter of league action as the Rams welcome Skelmersdale United to the HWRS.

The top of the table is becoming rather congested, which is making for a fascinating campaign. Atherton Collieries currently sit aloft with up to nine clubs chasing them. One of course, is Ramsbottom United in amongst the challenging bunch, and currently sitting in eighth place but with games in hand over most of the sides.

On paper, this is a home banker, for old foes Skem, are experiencing troubled times.

Kicked out of their ground and sharing with Prescot Cables, events on the pitch are just as depressing. The famous old club have won just one league game all season, and sit adrift of the pack on bottom spot with just nine points, looking almost inevitably like relegation certainties.

However, these are the “banana-skin” games, where complacency can often come back to bite.

Such could have been the case at struggling Glossop North End last weekend, but manager Chris Willcock ensured that no such downfall would become the team, and they returned from Derbyshire on the back of an impressive, and well-deserved 5-0 win.

Such a performance at home would be welcomed as the battle for promotion looks like extending to the very last day of the season. Goal difference may well come into the equation, and Ruben Jerome will be available again having served the last of his three match suspension last Saturday.

The Rams enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture in November, and a similar outcome this Saturday would do no harm to the team’s confidence ahead of the Trophy game.

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