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Fixture Update

Due to Widnes' involvement in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy on SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER, our AWAY game against them has been moved to TUESDAY 9th OCTOBER.

Instead on SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER, RAMSBOTTOM UNITED will be AWAY to KENDAL TOWN (brought forward from 13th April)

Saturday 29th September: Kendal Town v RAMS 3.00pm

Tuesday 9th October: Widnes v RAMS 7.45pm

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MATCH PREVIEW: Ramsbottom United v Lancaster City

FRIDAY 10TH AUGUST

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED V LANCASTER CITY

The final pre-season friendly before the League campaign starts on 18th August, is this coming Friday when the Rams meet Evo-Stik Premier Division side Lancaster City.

The game is being played at a neutral venue – Fulwood Amateurs ground in Lightfoot Lane, Preston (PR4 0AE) – with a 7.00pm kick-off.

This will be the last chance for any aspiring trialists to show manager Mark Fell that they have the required attributes to compete in what looks like being a very evenly contested Evo-Stik West League this time round.

With many of last season’s squad already having re-signed, along with a number of newcomers, the Rams boss will be hoping to put the disappointing result and performance at Pontefract last Saturday to bed, and begin the new season at home to Market Drayton Town on the back of an encouraging performance against a strong Lancaster City side, which established itself in the Premier Division last season following promotion.

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Supporters' Club AGM and Manager's Forum

The Supporters' Club AGM and pre-season Manager's Forum will take place on Tuesday 14th August at 8pm at Ramsbottom Cricket Club (the bar will be open).

The AGM will offer an opportunity to hear about and discuss the Supporters' Club Committee's plans for the upcoming season, elect committee members, and also to sign up for the new season and receive your exclusive Supporters' Club gift.

The Manager's Forum will give you chance to put your questions to Mark Fell, his staff and a player before the season starts. Questions at the ready!






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REPORT: Rammy 2 Market Drayton Town 1

Ramsbottom United v Market Drayton Town

Saturday 18th August 2018

Evo-Stik League First Division West

By Damien Barlow

The day that all football fans eagerly anticipate was once again upon us. The one day of the season where eveyone is equal, and everyone dares to dream - the opening day. Today we kicked off the 2018-2019 season by welcoming Market Drayton Town to the Riverside, for what would be the first meeting between the 2 sides.

With several injuries, suspensions and one delay in international clearence, the home side lined up with a 4141 formation, and 5 debutants featuring in the starting line-up, and a sixth on the bench.

It was the home side who got proceedings underway, and while the first 5 or so minutes lacked any real fluency or controlled possession, the rest of the half certainly belonged to Ramsbottom in what was a dominant display with a continued attack on the final third. The first half-chance that threatened the away goal came in the 7th minute after a mis-placed pass was picked up by Ben Deegan who quickly found Nathan Brown who gave the crowd their first glimse of what he can offer as he dropped his shoulder to lose his man and get his shot away which was parried by the Drayton keeper, unfortunatly Deegan could only push his follow up wide of the post. This was quickly followed up with another very good chance to grab an early goal when again, Brown showed good feet to work a cross into the box which caused problems. Both Rother and Deegan had attempts blocked, and Market Drayton finally cleared their area in a rushed fashion. Ramsbottom were getting a lot of joy down both flanks, both Brown and Jordan looking like they were enjoying themselves, and beating the respective full backs at will. It was Brown again who crafted the next chance as he wriggled free from his 2 close minders and freed Higgs in the box only for his shot to end up behind the goal.

The attacking prowess from the home side showed no sign of letting up, as another early ball out wide, this time down the right to pick out Luke Jordan, again skipped past Myles Arnold with ease sent a ball across the edge of the area, where Higgs once again got his shot away, but sadly with the same end result as his previous effort. As the twentieth minute ticked by, Market Drayton were afforded a rare chance to get a ball in and around the Rammy area. A free kick half way in the home half was sent towards the back post searching out Liam Bood but unfortunate for him, the linesman had given his flag a first outing of the day.

On 22 minutes, quite possibly the pass of the game, as Rob Henry picked out Nathan Brown with a 50 yard pass who controlled instantly and lost his man again, and as he moved menacingly into the area, hit a shot-cum-cross which just passed the far post to the relief of the visiting keeper. On the half hour the corner count was increased again, as Higgs sent an in-swinger to the far post where Ryan Ellison met it with intent and sent it back in to the 6 yard box, where it eventually broke to the impressive Brown who's shot against the bar deserved better luck. The away clean sheet had been hanging on for dear life almost from the first whistle, and on 31 minutes it finally succumbed to the relentless onslaught, as once again the outlet down the left paid dividends, and while Brown needed 2 attempts to get the ball accross, the latter effort was met with the head of the free Higgs who sent the ball nestling.

RAMSBOTTOM 1 MARKET DRAYTON 0 31 MINS HIGGS.

The home side were playing with a swagger now and moved the ball with ease with options a plenty for whoever had the ball. This time it was Rother who carried the ball forward, with screams from the advancing Jordan ringng in his ears, he waited for his moment to release the ball sending it into Jordans path who cut inside his man and picked out Higgs on the edge of the area who lost his man with a feign and got his shot away, but again, just wide of the mark.

On 35 minutes, the footballing gods proved again that if you dont take your chances you run the risk of being punished in the harshest way, regardles of whether you deserve to be or not, as a ball forward somehow eluded Phil Dean allowing Will Wells a rare shot at Ashton, and while he did his best to fluff his lines, his scuffed effort found the gambling Charlie Knowles who just had to roll the ball into the unguarded net.

RAMSBOTTOM 1 MARKET DRAYTON 1 35 MINS KNOWLES

The conceded goal seemed to stun the home side, as within a minute Market Drayton could have had another attempt on goal had they worked it better, fortunatley composure was regained, and familiarity was resumed with Ramsbottom pushing forward looking to restore what would be a much deserved lead. As it was, the scoring was finished for the first half, and as the referee brought it to a close, both teams left the pitch wondering how exactly the score was level - but for very different reasons.

HALF TIME RAMSBOTTOM 1 MARKET DRAYTON TOWN 1

The away side got the second half underway, no doubt with the wrath of their manager still ringing in their ears. The first notable chance came on 48 minutes as the energetic Luke Jordan again broke down the right and sent his ball towards the penalty spot only for the ball to bounce of the covering defender and into the keepers grasp, and much to the disbelief of the visitors the official deemeed it intentional and awarded an indirect free kick. As the home side tried to conjure up a plan to effectivley try and beat 9 keepers from 12 yards it was left to Higgs to roll the ball for Rother to take the brute force approach rather than anything resembling finesse, this crashed against one of the 9 keepers and for now, the danger had passed for Market Drayton.

Ramsbottom continued to get a lot of joy down both flanks and the corners total kept rising. Again Higgs sent in a tempting in-swinger to the far post, and again Ellison got to the ball first but nodded wide of the goal. Just before the hour mark, Rother marauded forward with intent, fnding the ever available Brown who cut inside and returned the ball back to Rother on the edge of the box who in-turn fed his other readily available option for the day in Jordan who for the umpteenth time beat his man cut inside and but directed his effort straight at the chest of the greatful Rawlins. Minutes later, applause was ringing round the HWRS again, as Higgs released Brown down the left with an outside of the foot pass for him to escape his marker took the opportunity to try and get on the score sheet, but sent his effort just wide.

59 mins SUB - MARIE ON FOR DEEGAN

65 mins SUB - BROOKS ON FOR HIGGS

On 67 minutes Phil Dean brought the ball forward over half way, and delicately lifted the ball over Buxton to send Jordan - now operating on the left away down the touch line, looking up to see what was on offer, Brown had made himself available on the edge of the box and was easily picked out, his shot cannoned of an on-rushing defender and away for another corner. The 71st minute brought the 2 best chances of the half to restore the lead. A searching ball forward found Dom Marie on the edge of the box, he got past his man and tried placing his shot which the keeper managed to parry away only for it to fall to Rother who tried lifting the ball back over the recovering stopper, but again he did his bit to take a point back down the M6 for his team.

78 mins - SUB THOMPSON ON FOR HENRY

As the final 10 minutes loomed, Market Drayton found themselves in unfamiliar territory - their attacking final third. A couple of hopeful balls into the box which no-one seemed to either want to attack or defend, was eventully cleared by the Rammy back line and the search for a winner continued. As Brooks found space in the middle, he picked out Jordan who again cut inside to get his shot away and again that was turned away for a corner. The resulting set piece was worked to the edge of the box for Nathan Brown who lofted the ball back towards the goal and only minutes after entering the fray, substitute Luke Thompson got himself between the keeper and ball and nodded into the empty goal.

RAMSBOTTOM 2 MARKET DRAYTON 1 82 MINS THOMPSON

Ramsbottom saw out the remainder of the game without incident. The four minutes of added time didnt do anything to affect the scoreline, and victory was fully deserved. Although the fluency and tempo may have dropped a little in the second period, the control and application was there to see and enjoyable to watch.

Attendance 166

Teams - Ramsbottom - Ashton, Henry, Dean, Stott (c), Ellison, Downes, Jordan, Rother, Deegan, Higgs, Brown. SUBS Thompson, Brooks, Gaskell, Marie, Robertson (gk).

Market Drayton - Rawlins, Buxton, Arnold, Hartlebury, McMullen, Desean, Ballard, Beddows (c), Bood, Wells, Knowles. SUBS Russell, Sorrentinio, McFarlane, Skelton.

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Cancellation of Manager's Forum - Supporters' Club AGM still to go ahead

Mark Fell is now unavailable for Tuesday's Manager's Forum due to an extended training session. The Supporters' Club AGM will go ahead as planned at 8pm (at Ramsbottom Cricket Club). The AGM is open to all current, former and prospective members and is an opportunity to hear about expenditure, discuss upcoming plans, and to sign up for the new season and get an exclusive Supporters Club gift!
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Lancaster City vs Ramsbottom United

Please note, Ramsbottom United's Pre Season Friendly vs Lancaster next Friday, will now be played at The Home of Fulwood Amateurs.

Address: Lightfoot Ln, Fulwood, Preston PR4 0AE

Kick off: 7pm



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Bank Holiday Fixture Change

Ramsbottom United’s scheduled HOME game against Atherton Collieries, due to take place on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, has now been reversed to an AWAY fixture.

Despite this game having been publicised, the recent bad weather that saw the Twenty/20 cricket semi-finals and finals postponed last Sunday have seen the competitions finale rearranged for the same Bank Holiday.

Ramsbottom United, being aware of the issues regarding access and parking contacted both the Evo-Stik League and Atherton Collieries to explain that this was a decision taken without consultation, leaving the club in a difficult position.

Both agreed that in the interest of safety, the games between Ramsbottom United and Atherton Collieries would be reversed, and the home game will now take place on New Year’s Day.

The club wishes to apologise to all supporters for any inconvenience


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MATCH PREVIEW: Rams v Market Drayton Town

By Tony Cunningham

The talking stops, the pre-season games have come to an end, and the closed season changes, both on and off the pitch have been made.

Now the season begins!

Tomorrow, the Rams open their Evo-Stik West account with a visit from Shropshire side Market Drayton Town to the HWRS.

This is the first time the two clubs have ever met, and do so as a result of the realignment of the second tier of the NPL Evo-Stik League from North/South to East/West.

Last season Town endured a difficult campaign in Evo-Stik South, often looking over their shoulders before Romulus finally accepted the fate of the only relegation spot in the Division.

No doubt, on the back of that, our visitors will have had quite a shuffle during the break, so last year’s final table placing will have no relevance on Saturday’s outcome.

For the Rams, it’s good to see so many of last season’s squad still with us, although like the supporters, they will be looking to better a slightly disappointing 14th spot last time.

We welcome the newcomers to the team, along with those newly recruited by manager Mark Fell, off the pitch, and trust that everyone manages to quickly create the sort of bond that every successful side needs.

It’s always difficult to predict what lies ahead over the next nine months, but as with any journey, we start with one small step.

Tomorrow’s game against market Drayton Town is Ramsbottom United’s.

Let’s hope for a decent crowd down at the HWRS and a winning start to what we all hope will be a successful season.

Rammy manager Mark Fell spoke to rammyunited.co.uk ahead of this fixture and he said:

"We’re all looking forward to getting cracking, I think things have really come together in the last 10 days and the lads have put the overtime in this week to ensure we’re fully prepared. We’ve done our homework on Market Drayton as they will have done with us so we have a good idea of the challenges they’ll bring - but we go into the game and the season with a confidence and optimism."

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Chester duo arrive on loan

Ramsbottom United are pleased to announce a double loan signing from National League North side Chester FC.

Nathan Brown and Alex Downes have joined initially until October with an option to extend. Both players faced the Rams at the Riverside in Pre-season and both have already had first team involvement this term with Chester, Brown coming on as a substitute in their win over Curzon Ashton earlier in the week.

19 year old Nathan Brown has already impressed the Chester support with some dynamic performances last season and signed a contract extension in the summer, the young forward came through the Academy ranks at the Deva and was voted young player of the season and his winner against Bromley last season was voted goal of the season.

Nathan Brown

Defender Alex Downes joined Chester from Wrexham and made his debut last season in the Cheshire senior cup. He too signed a professional contract in the summer and is another tipped for big things with the Seals.

Alex Downes

Rams Boss Mark Fell says that the club have got two exciting talents, “Both are very highly thought of at Chester, Jonno (Chester boss Anthony Johnson) rang me a week ago giving me an indication of their availability and it’s clear they have high hopes for them both. It’s great that they see us as the right club to help them progress”


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Player Profiles

1. Sam Ashton

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Previous Clubs: Bolton, FC United of Manchester, Skelmersdale United, Chorley

31 year old experienced goalkeeper who made his loan move from Chorley permanent in the summer of 2018. Made his professional debut as a striker for Bolton in the FA cup as an 18 year old. Sam works as a special needs teacher during the week.



2. Rob Henry

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Previous Clubs: Burnley, Chorley, Leek, Bamber Bridge, Kendal, Lancaster

30 year old full back who can operate in midfield if required, Rob won the Division 1 north with Lancaster in 2016/17 where he was player coach. A teacher at Myerscough College, Rob also works in the Academy at Preston North End.



3. Tom Kennedy

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Previous Clubs: Bury, Rochdale, Barnsley, Leicester, AFC Fylde, Bangor City.

Former professional Tom Kennedy needs no introduction, with over 400 Football League games under his belt, the 33 year old arrived at the Riverside in the summer. Tom, a left back by trade but spent most of last season for Bangor in a midfield role.



4. Dean Stott (Club captain)

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Previous Clubs: Preston North End, FC United of Manchester, Hyde, Colne

Arrived in the summer of the 2016/17, a year later taking over the captaincy from Gareth Seddon. A combative midfielder who can also be successfully utilised at right back or centre half. A plasterer by trade, Dean has lifted the Evo-Stik premier division champions trophy as FC United skipper.



5. Luke Thompson

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Previous Clubs: Colne, Padiham, Nelson

Another summer of 2016/17 arrival, Thommo made the step up from North West Counties Football and became an instant hit. A fans favourite who gives everything on the pitch. An out and out defender who can be dangerous on attacking set-plays, the 27 year old from Burnley is coming up to a century of Rams appearances.



6. Ryan Ellison

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Previous Clubs: Manchester City, Sunderland, Clitheroe

Arrived mid-way through the 17/18 season from neighbours Clitheroe, 21 year old Liverpudlian Ryan impressed with a string of strong performances. Retained for the 18/19 season, Ryan can be used at centre half or right back.



7. Phil Dean

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Previous Clubs: New Orleans Jesters, Hyde, Shaw Lane, Warrington, Colne

A living Rammy legend, at just 27 years old already holds the record for league appearances and is heading up towards the 300 mark. A flying winger who has more recently reverted to a left back role, Wiz is one of the most iconic names in the clubs history. A Bury lad, Phil has scored 60 Rams goals, putting him 5th in the all time scoring charts.



8. Jamie Rother

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Previous Clubs: Salford City, Ashton United

Arrived at the Riverside in 2014 but injuries blighted his first two seasons including two ruptured Achilles injuries. Now back to full fitness Jamie played 29 games last season scoring 3 goals. The 28 year old, Manchester based midfielder is known for his fully committed style and remains a key component in the Rams midfield



10. Greg Daniels

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Previous Clubs: Macclesfield Town, FC United, Trafford

Arrived in the summer of 17/18, going on to play 47 games scoring 10 goals. A forward who usually plays just behind a main striker but has shown his ability to act as a target man if required. Based in Bolton and still only 25, Greg has an excellent pedigree having been part of the FC United team that bounced through the leagues.



11. Jerome Wright

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Previous Clubs: FC United, Maine Road, Chester City, Altrincham

A non-league name that needs no introduction, over 400 appearances for the Rebels as they flew through the leagues reaching the FA Cup 2nd round in the process. Jerome was last seasons big summer signing and repaid the rams with 18 goals from left wing and the player of the season award.



12. Alex Downes

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Previous Clubs: Wrexham, Chester

Young central defender who arrived on loan in August from Chester City. The defender joined Chester from Wrexham and made his debut last season in the Cheshire Senior cup. He too signed a professional contract in the summer and is another tipped for big things with the Seals.



14. Tom Brooks

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Previous Clubs: Radcliffe

Made his Rams debut in 2013 as a striker and went onto play 60 games over two spells. Returned to the club in the summer of 2017 and reverted to a midfield role, playing 27 games. A local lad from Tottington, Tom’s work rate and ability to break up play makes him a useful tool in the Rams armoury.



15. Jack Higgs

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Previous Clubs: St Ives, Histon, Glossop North End, Enfield Town

Summer signing from Glossop, Higgs won promotion from step 4 with St Ives before moving north to live in Manchester. A classy central midfielder with an eye for the spectacular goal, Jack has National League South experience with Histon.



16. Nathan Brown

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Previous Clubs: Chester

Young midfielder who arrived on loan in August from Chester City. The 19 year old has already impressed the Chester support with some dynamic performances last season and signed a contract extension in the summer, the young forward came through the Academy ranks at the Deva and was voted young player of the season and his winner against Bromley last season was voted goal of the season.



17. Lee Gaskell

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Previous Clubs: Walshaw Sports, Warrington, Darlington, Colne

Another Rams legend, with over 250 games under his belt and 125 goals, a goal ratio second to non at this level. Over 3 spells with the Rams Lee’s contribution will go down in Rammy folk law. Now 33, Bury based Gassy showed he still had a lot to offer the Rams with some spectacular goals at the end of the 17/18 season.



18. Ben Deegan

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Previous Clubs: Warrington, Glossop, Hyde, FC United

One of the summer recruits, again from promoted Hyde, Deegs has several promotion on his CV including Warrington Town. The 30 year old, 6ft2 striker lives in Stockport and teams up again with ex-Fc United teammates Jerome Wright, Dean Stott and Greg Daniels.



20. Harry Foulds

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Previous Clubs: Chorley

Young central midfield player who graduated from the U21’s to play in 11 games last season. A young player of which hopes are high for him to become a regular in the side. Harry is a ball playing midfielder who likes some of the old fashioned parts of the midfield battle.



COACHING STAFF

MANAGER: Mark Fell

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Joined the Rams in the summer of 2016 as joint manager with Paul Fildes and took over the sole occupancy of the role at Christmas following Fildes’ departure. A UEFA A licenced coach who spent 6 years coaching in the Academy at Preston North End before going on to lead Nelson to their first NWCFL title in 52 years in 2013. Now in his second season with the Rams, hoping to lead a promotion charge.



ASSISTANT MANAGER: Graham Lancashire

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A former goal-scorer with Burnley, Wigan Athletic and Rochdale, Graham joined the Rams towards the end of the 2016/17 season, and during the summer was Fell’s choice as Assistant Manager. The 44 year old from Burnley’s coaching career saw him take a key role in the Claret’s youth department before moving on to work with Gareth Seddon on the agency DRN Sport.



GOALKEEPING COACH: Andy Robertson

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A former goal-keeper for the Rams, and signed on as a player this season, Andy has plenty of experience, also having played for Chorley, Droylsden, Mossley, Witton and Trafford during an illustrious non-league career



PHYSIO: Ben Cole

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The Essex-born medic, who now lives in Rochdale, spent time at preston North End as well as working with elite athletes with Altrius Health, taking medical assessments for some of the current squad.



PERFORMANCE ANALYST: Dominic Smith

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The Cardiff University graduate lives in Macclesfield and films all games, coding key performance indicators to assist the management team.

TEAM PHOTO



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The Rams have signed a striker and appointed a goalkeeper coach

Ramsbottom United have added forward Ben Deegan to their squad ahead of the new season, the 6ft 2 target man played for both Glossop and promoted side Hyde last season and arrives with an excellent goalscoring record with the likes of FC United and Nantwich. The 30 year old from Manchester was also a key part of the Warrington side that won promotion from the Evo Stik Division 1 North.

Manager Mark Fell commented “We’ve not had this type of striker since Gaz Seddon, he’s good on the ball for a big man, he can win the flick-on’s and bring others into play. He’s a good lad to have in the dressing room and knows what this division is all about.”

The Rams boss also gave an update on further recruitment before the season kicks off in just over a week’s time, “We’re working with 16 signed players at the moment, Greg Daniels and Harry Foulds both have around a month until they’ll be fit so we’ve got to make some further additions. We’re very close to a duo on loan from a National League club and we’ve our eye on a couple that are not featuring in sides higher up the pyramid at the moment - I expect there to be a lot of activity in the final week leading up to the season.”

The Rams have also completed their staff line-up for the new season with GK coach Andy Robertson joining the club. He is an experienced former keeper who played for Chorley, Droylsden, Mossley, Witton and Trafford during an illustrious non-league career. Andy is no stranger to the Riverside, playing 8 games for the club in 2008. Rubz, as he’s known, will work with the clubs goalkeepers as well as being registered as emergency cover.

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REPORT: Pontefract Colls 7 Rammy 1

Pre Season Friendly

Saturday 4th August 2018

PONTEFRACT COLLIERIES 7 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 1

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United suffered a heavy defeat in their penultimate pre season game on Saturday afternoon at the hands of Pontefract Collieries who have just been promoted to the Evo Stik Northern Premier League East Division.

The Rams got off to the worst possible start and fell behind with barely two minutes on the clock when a defensive mix up gave the unmarked Daly a simple tap in at the far post.

Pontefract would double their advantage before the ten minute mark when a free kick was played in the Rams penalty area before finding the head of Picton whose downward header beat Ashtons dive as the home sides early pressure was turned into a deserved early two goal lead.

The visitors were struggling for any real fluency as they attempted to recover from the early double strike but then out of nowhere a ball over top of the home defence found the pacey Marie who broke the offside trap and confidently lofted the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper to half the arrears and register his third goal in his last three matches.

With the Rams looking to gain some confidence their plans where disrupted somewhat on 25 minutes when Luke Thompson had to limp out of the action to be replaced by Jamie Rother resulting in captain Dean Stott dropping back to a central defensive berth.

The game continued to be an open affair with the home side looking the more threatening, indeed Sam Ashton was forced to make a fine low save with around ten minutes remaining in the first half.

The Rams best attacking moments involved Luke Jordan whose pace was proving a useful outlet for the Rams although the home keeper wasn't really asked any serious questions with both Marie and the angular trialist (number 10) not having too many clear sights of goal.

Sadly the next goal of an open contest would go to the home side five minutes before the interval when an incisive through ball found the impressive Hey who coolly slotted the ball past Ashton to restore the hosts two goal advantage at the half way point.

As the contest resumed and with a certain amount of symmetry the Rams contrived to present the home side with a fourth goal five minutes after the break when a sliced clearance from Ashton was pounced on by the hosts and after a neat interchange Redford made the visitors pay for their mistake as he converted with a low drive which found the corner of the net.

Ramsbottom United flickered into life briefly with Jordan again stretching the home defence before arguably the best piece of play from the visitors resulted in a superb cross from Wright which found Marie who was denied from close range before the Rams trialist forward couldn't smuggle the ball over the line when a goal seemed inevitable.

As the second period reached the half way point Pontefract increased their advantage further when Hey again controlled the ball well before firing a shot past Ashton for this second goal of the game with the Rams defence looking in disarray.

As the game continued towards the final quarter of an hour both sides made a number of substitutions which seemed to benefit Pontefract more than the day trippers from Lancashire.

Unfortunately the punishment wasn't finished there for the visitors as a long through ball again caught out the Rams backline and Redford lobbed the ball over the onrushing and worryingly vulnerable Ashton to make the score 6-1 to the hosts with just over five minutes remaining.

With almost the last kick of the match Pontefract added a seventh when Knights low drive beat Ashton, shortly afterwards the referee thankfully blew his final whistle to put an end to a chastening defeat for Ramsbottom United.

As the Rams made their way home over the Pennines contemplating a miserable trip to Yorkshire even the most ardent Ramsbottom United supporter would find it difficult to find any positives from a performance that will be a cause for concern with the league campaign only two weeks away.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Trialist (Trialist 46 mins) Henry,Stott, Thompson (Rother 25 mins), Ellison, Jordan, Higgs (Brooks 64 mins), Marie (Gaskell 79 mins) , Trialist (Trialist 79 mins) Wright.

Match action photos will be available shortly!

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REPORT: Nelson 1 Rammy 3

Pre Season Friendly

Saturday 28th July 2018

NELSON 1 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 3

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United made the short trip to Little Wembley on Saturday afternoon to take on Nelson in their latest pre-season fixture hoping to continue the momentum from the second half performance from Tuesday nights victory over a youthful Fleetwood side

The starting eleven had a more familiar look to it than of late with just a single trialist taking his place in a back 3 alongside regulars Thompson and Ellison.

It was the Rams that made the perfect start when, with barely a minute on the clock Luke Jordan received a superb pass from Jack Higgs before the wide man sped past the fullback before sending a low cross into the danger area before finding its way to Lee Gaskell and the frontman made no mistake from close range to give the visitors an early lead.

Nelson were finding it difficult to make an impact on the Rams rearguard in the opening exchanges with the visitors looking an attacking threat in the wide areas with Dean and Jordan getting into some promising positions but the final crosses into the penalty area struggled to find their intended target.

The hosts would equalise with half an hour on the clock somewhat against the run of play when a swift breakaway opened up the Ramsbottom defence and Nelsons unmarked right winger sent a low shot past the outstretched hand of Ashton from just inside the penalty area.

For the remainder of the half the game was a fairly even affair with goal mouth action at a premium as both sides found it difficult to put together any serious attacking fluency and the referee brought the first 45 minutes to a conclusion with the scores level at a goal each.

After the restart it was Nelson that had the first goal scoring chance when a flowing move set up a presentable opportunity but the strike from the edge of the area failed to trouble Ashton in the Rams goal.

As so often happens in pre-season fixtures both sides utilised their substitutes bench fully as a number of changes punctured the flow of the match although the home side perhaps looked the more likely to create a goalscoring opportunity with the hour mark approaching.

Ramsbottom United flickered into life from an attacking perspective when the classy Higgs unleashed a long range attempt which just cleared the angle of post and crossbar.

As the weather conditions worsened and with fifteen minutes remaining Nelson almost took the lead when a corner caused chaos in the Rams defence before the crossbar came to the visitors rescue twice in quick succession, the ball was then cleared midway into the Nelson half and a defensive slip was seized upon by Jerome Wright who confidently strode forward before clinically finding the back of the net to give the Rams the advantage.

The goal seemed to give the visitors a boost which lead to a number of chances being created in the closing minutes of the contest as Nelson pushed forward looking to restore parity

. With only moments remaining the result was put beyond any doubt when a trialist crossed from the touchline and Dominic Maries stooping header fizzed past the home keeper to register his second goal in successive appearances.

As the final whistle sounded Ramsbottom United ran out 3-1 winners in a match that was probably closer than the final result would show but with another 90 minutes under the belt both teams could take some positives from a competitive run out designed to ensure that both squads are fully prepared for when the league action begins in the coming weeks.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton (Stinca 68 mins), Henry, Dean (Trialist 46 mins), Trialist (Trialist 65 mins), Thompson, Ellison, Jordan, Higgs, Marie, Gaskell (Trialist 61 mins) Wright.