Category: Match Reports

REPORT: Rams 1 Colne 3

Evo-Stik West Division

Tuesday 26th February 2019

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 1 COLNE 3

Attendance-257

Report by Jon Haslam

Two form sides went head to head on Tuesday night as Colne visited the HWRS hoping to halt the Rams' recent exemplary progress which showed five consecutive league victories and no goals conceded in over 480 minutes,

With an unchanged line up for the hosts from Saturdays comprehensive victory at Trafford hopes were high that a positive result would take the hosts into the top three.

However it would be the visitors that began the contest in lively fashion with midfielders Bradley Lynch, Alex Curran and Josh Hines in the midfield areas causing some concern to the home sides defence supplementing the burly Djabi who appeared to be the focal point of the away sides attacking plans.

Colne almost took the lead on seven minutes when a good advantage from the referee set Curran away down the left hand side before firing a shot on target but Sam Ashton parried the ball wide, the subsequent corner was played to the far post where former Rams defender Billy Priestley had a header blocked on the line as the visitors threatened to break the deadlock early in the match.

With just over a quarter of an hour played Colne opened the scoring and it was no more than the away side deserved when forward Djabi held up the ball before releasing the speedy Lynch towards the Rams penalty box where a well struck shot brought another fine save from Ashton but the loose ball fell to Curran whose well placed diagonal shot nestled into the bottom corner of the net.

Ramsbottom United responded to conceding their first league goal since the 5th of January with Evangelinos having an effort which flew over the bar before a Tom Kennedy cross found the head of the unmarked Kieran Lugsden but the attempt sailed wide of the target as the hosts sought a quick reply.

With 25 minutes played Colne doubled their advantage when in similar fashion to the first goal a breakaway lead to Ashton saving a well struck shot from Curran before picking up the rebound and setting up the unmarked ex Bury midfielder Richie Baker who tapped into a gaping net to give the Rams an uphill task.

Sadly things would get even worse for the Rams with less than a third of the contest played when a defensive mix up in the full back area was seized upon by Waqas Azam who passed to Hines before the winger strode through the hosts defence and confidently despatched the shot past the bewildered Ashton to give Colne a sizeable three goal lead just after the thirty minute point of the match.

With the Rams appearing somewhat shell shocked the side looked to reduce the arrears before half time with Lugsden again getting his head to a Kennedy free kick but Burton in the visitors goal wasn't concerned as the effort flew off target.

As the first period came to a close even the most ardent Ramsbottom United supporter would have found it difficult to argue with the fact that Colne were the better of the two sides and in truth the three goal advantage didn't really flatter the visitors as the Rams struggled to reach the form that had seen them reach a play off position due to some excellent performances of late.

Perhaps surprisingly the hosts returned after the half time interval unchanged, although the team were sent out early from their half time break undoubtedly with some strong words ringing in their ears from manager Chris Willcock who would have been hoping for a much improved second half showing from his charges.

The second period began with the Rams showing some desire to reduce the arrears as they sought to put the a disappointing 45 minutes behind them. With no alteration to the scoreline ten minutes into the second half the hosts made a double substitution with Anthony Donaldson and Ryan Ellison replacing Eddie Moran and Kelvin Lugsden in the hope of sparking a revival for the out of sorts home outfit.

As the hour mark approached, substitute Donaldson played a neat exchange of passes on the edge of the penalty area before the midfielder found himself behind the Colne defence and in in goal but couldn't get a clean shot away and despite some panic in the visiting defence and with the ball bobbling goalwards a retreating Priestley scrambled the ball off the line to retain the three goal advantage their devastating first half hour had provided.

The more the minutes ticked by the more it appeared as though it would just be one of those nights for the hosts as an effort from Jamie Rother fizzed just wide of the target before Colne threatened to extend their advantage further when the hugely impressive Lynch cut in from the left wing and sent an effort arrowing wide of the goal with Ashton motionless.

Ramsbottom United continued to push forward looking to register their first goal of the evening but the Colne defence was in stubborn mood and despite the hosts having the majority of the attacking possession in the second half they rarely threatened visiting custodian Burton.

The final change for the Rams saw midfielder Jamie Rother make way for Khalil Osi-Efa around the three quarter mark of the contest but in truth Colne were managing the lead fairly comfortably as despite the home sides efforts it became clear that it would be one of those evenings best forgotten as the raucous away supporters continued to enjoy the local bragging rights as their sides third consecutive victory at The Riverside in the last three seasons looked probable.

With ten minutes of the contest remaining Ramsbottom did get on the scoresheet when fine work from Anthony Donaldson gave the creative midfielder the chance to play the ball in the penalty area where a series of shots were blocked by the Colne rearguard before the ball fell kindly to Nic Evangelinos whose low shot beat Burton in the Colne goal to give the in form winger his 20th strike of a very productive season.

Sadly the late goal didn't spark a spectacular comeback from the Rams and despite Colne surrendering the majority of possession in the second period credit should be given to the visitors as they managed their lead efficiently whilst sporadically threatening to extend their advantage on the counter attack with the pacey forward line a constant source of irritatation for the usually solid Rams defence.

With time trickling away Burton was forced into a diving save to deny Ruben Jerome before the final noteworthy attempt of the match was a 20 yard attempt from Evangelinos which just cleared the crossbar but as the final whistle sounded the Rams had succumbed to only their third league defeat in 18 league outings under Chris Willcock and will be looking for a positive reaction to a disappointing evening when Widnes visit the HWRS on Saturday afternoon.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran (Donaldson 53 mins ) Thompson, Kelvin Lugsden (Ellison 54 mins), Rainford, Rother (Osi-Efa 66 mins), Jerome, Kieran Lugsden, Evangelinos

Unused Subs- Gooden, Carey

Category: Club News

PREVIEW: Trafford (A)

It’s back to the place where the Rams record-breaking FA Trophy run began, Trafford FC, this time for a League fixture.

On that day in October, with new manager Chris Willcock just installed, the home side took the lead in the opening minutes, leaving the Rams supporters fearing that a run in the Trophy would fizzle out at the first attempt, as was the case with the FA Cup.

However, as the game wore on, the visitors took control and eventually came away with a 2-1 victory to begin the epic run.

Less than three weeks earlier, under Mark Fell’s reign, the west Manchester side had returned home from the HWRS with all three points courtesy of a 1-0 league victory, and games between these two old foes have a habit of ending in either draws or narrow victories for either side.

So it will be interesting go see how the game goes this time, as the Rams are, well, ram-pant at the moment with four successive league victories, scoring 18 goals in the process and conceding none.

The latest triumph was in midweek at Newcastle Town, when a return to east Lancashire was accompanied by all three points after a scintillating 6-0 mauling of the Staffordshire outfit.

The same outfit that three days earlier had made the same journey that the Rams are doing on Saturday, to Trafford, from where they left with a precious 2-0 win.

Does that point to an easy win for Ramsbottom?

This is football, and anything can happen.

Trafford will still be smarting from that defeat, and a reasonably local derby may be just what they need to return to winning ways.

Ramsbottom United, on the other hand, will travel full of confidence on the back of their excellent run and late challenge for at least a play-off spot.

It looks like a fascinating game in prospect, and a good support from the Rams faithful could help to swing the game in favour of the visiting team.

A glorious, sunny day is forecast.

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Category: Club News

NEW SIGNING: Tom Schofield signs for the Rams

RAMS STRENGTHEN SQUAD FOR PROMOTION PUSH

Having enjoyed a record-breaking run in the FA Trophy, where, after twelve matches the Rams eventually exited the competition at AFC Fylde, the attention at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium now focuses on promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

With fourteen games to go between now and the end of April, manager Chris Willcock has strengthened his squad with the addition of 28 year old midfield player TOM SCHOFIELD.

He arrives from Trafford FC, although he has also played a number of games this season for Congleton Town.

His previous clubs include Colwyn Bay, Curzon Ashton and Witton Albion, so Schofield has plenty of experience at this level, and will be available for the trip to Newcastle Town on Tuesday evening, hoping to help push the club into a promotion spot in what is becoming a very congested top end of Evo-Stik West division.



Category: Match Reports

REPORT: Rams 1 Colwyn Bay 0

Evo Stik West Division

Saturday 16th February 2019

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 1 COLWYN BAY 0

Attendance: 276

Report by Adam Clark

The Rams made 2 changes from the 4-1 FA Trophy defeat to AFC Fylde on Tuesday, Jamie Rainford & Kelvin Lugsden returned in place of Ruben Jerome & Ryan Ellison who both dropped to the bench.

Rammy started well in a very even game, Irywah Gooden had a shot saved by Colwyn Bay’s keeper Andrew Coughlin on nine minutes, Less than a minute later Kelvin Lugsden’s shot made the keeper make a diving safe to deny the Rams an early lead.

Kennedy had a good effort eight minutes later, his shot from the edge of the box went over the bar.

In the final 20 minutes of the first half, it was very even. Ashley Woods had Colwyn Bay’s best chance of the half on 32 minutes his header bounced off the bar for Eddie Moran to chest down for Sam Ashton to collect safely

HALF TIME Rams 0 Colwyn Bay 0

Into the second half now, Rammy had chances before they eventually took the lead. The first came nine minutes into the second half when Moran’s cross was headed just over the bar by Colwyn Bay defender Will Bell, if it had been a couple of inches lower it would have been an own goal.

Fourteen minutes into the second half, Irywah Gooden had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Liam Corrigan. Gooden then produced some good footwork six minutes later it was challenged well by the Bay defence.

Carey had a good chance from 30 yards with 18 minutes to go that was pushed wide by Andrew Coughlin.

The best chance for the visitors came with 5 minutes to go, Pritchard shot was saved well by Rams number 1 Sam Ashton.

Rams took the lead with 3 minutes to go, Nic Evangelinos played the ball to Ruben Jerome who squared to Jamie Rainford who slotted home from 6 yards out.

That goal 3 minutes from time was the winner for the Rams to put them up to 7th in the Evo Stik West Division

FULL TIME: Rams 1 Colwyn Bay 0

Ramsbottom United – Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran, Thompson, Kelvin Lugsden, Gooden, Rother (Donaldson 60’), Rainford, Kieran Lugsden (Carey 70’), Evangelinos

Subs not used – Ellison & Osi-Efa


Category: Club News

PREVIEW: Colne (H)

The trip to Trafford on Saturday saw the Rams return with another well-earned three points, lifting them into the play-off positions.

That makes it five successive League victories with an amazing total scoreline of 22 for and 0 against.

This run is certain to be tested in this east Lancashire derby when Colne come to town looking to do the double over a Rams side that lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture during the first week of the season.

That game was under the guidance of former manager Mark Fell and much has changed since those early days.

The Rams squad is massively different, but Colne under the management of long-standing Steve Cunningham, are a team sure to give the home side a massive test, as games between the two over recent years have served up some tasty treats.

The League is so competitive this season, it’s almost impossible to predict the outcome, but the Rams are currently nine points adrift of leaders Atherton Collieries, but do have two games in hand. This is one of those, and three more points will significantly close that gap as the next two months offer much to be optimistic about.

There will be twists and turns between now and the end of April, and Ramsbottom United need to continue with their current form to stand a chance of that single automatic promotion spot.

Gates have started to increase, and the supporters, in fine vocal form of late, can do much to encourage the team to continue with the magnificent run.

Should be quite a test against Colne.

Category: Match Reports

REPORT: Newcastle Town 0 Rams 6

Evo-Stik West Division

Tuesday 19th February 2019

NEWCASTLE TOWN 0 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 6

Attendance-162

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United continued their quest for a play off berth with a visit to Staffordshire on Tuesday night to take on a mid table Newcastle Town in a rearranged fixture showing two alterations to the starting eleven from Saturdays hard fought victory over Colwyn Bay with Khalil Osi-Efa and latest recruit Tom Schofield taking their place in the visitors midfield at the expense of Jamie Rother and Kieran Lugsden.

The opening minutes of the contest were fairly even on a good looking surface with the hosts having the first, if albeit wayward effort of the match as they looked to build on their weekend win at Trafford. The Rams responded and with ten minutes on the clock leading scorer Nic Evangelinos had a low shot blocked by home keeper Johnson before shortly after a late tackle by Lugsden to subdue a Newcastle breakaway incurred the wrath of referee Richard Cattell who issued a yellow card for the Ramsbottom defender.

It was the visitors from Lancashire who had the bulk of the possession and attacking threat in the first quarter of the game with Newcastle threatening the play off chasers on the break with Mike Conlon and Matt Ward in particular causing the away side some moments of anxiety.

New signing Schofield showed his shooting capabilities with a well struck 20 yard effort which flew into the midriff of Johnson as Ramsbottom United looked to turn their promising attacking play into tangible reward but it would be Newcastle Town who should have opened the scoring with the best chance of the contest midway through the first period when a cross from the left hand side found an unmarked Josh Glover but the midfielders header from no more than 8 yards out sailed wide of Sam Ashtons goal much to the relief of Chris Willcocks side.

The let off appeared to stir the away side into action and a period of sustained pressure saw the Rams denied an opener when a speculative cross shot from Khalil Osi-Efa looked to have beaten the home goalie Johnson but bounced off the crossbar to deny the midfielder just after the half hour point.

A flurry of dangerous looking corners for the Rams failed to produce the breakthrough before the woodwork came to the hosts rescue ten minutes prior to the interval when Evangelinos was on the end of a flowing move down the left channel before unleashing a powerful effort which thundered off the crossbar which left Johnson grateful for the woodworks assistance in keeping the game goalless.

Minutes later the breakthrough arrived when a characteristically exemplary cross from the left hand side from Tom Kennedy found leading scorer Evangelinos whose well placed header found the back of the net to give the Rams a deserved lead on 38 minutes, the visitors was almost strengthened with five minutes of the first half remaining when Osi-Efa sent in a superb cross which found the head of the onrushing Eddie Moran but again the goal frame came to the rescue of Newcastle for the third time in the first forty five minutes as the ball bounced off the post and to safety.

The final notable action of the first period almost brought an equaliser for Town when a corner was headed wide of the target and despite having the better of the opening period a slender single goal advantage for the Rams didn’t give any real indication of what would occur during an action packed second half.

Newcastle manager and former Port Vale and Derby player Robin Van Der Laan made two alterations at the interval which would have decisive implications later in the match, however it was Ramsbottom that began the second half in a similar vein to the way they ended the first with a couple of early chances which went begging. Then, with five minutes of the second period played wide man Irywah Gooden picked up the ball before setting off on a surging run which took the speedy winger into the penalty are before a lunging Newcastle defender tripped the Mansfield loanee and after consultation with his assistant the referee awarded a spot kick for the Rams, the ever reliable Evangelinos took responsibility and despite Johnson diving the correct way the ball squeezed between the keeper and post to double the visitors advantage and secure the popular forwards 18th goal of the season.

Things would improve further for the Rams minutes before the hour mark when the persistent hard work from Jamie Rainford paid dividends when Johnson in the home goal had the ball at his feet but the visiting forward chased down the Town stopper before nicking the ball away from the beleaguered number one before firing home in splendid fashion from the angle of the penalty area to register at least a goal in each of the last four league games the striker has featured in and ninth overall in a Ramsbottom jersey and the visitors had an unassailable three goal lead.

In response Newcastle made their final substitution of the match and pushed forward looking to reduce the deficit but again the away sides rear-guard had to be resolute in their defending with the flourishing central defensive partnership of Luke Thompson and Kelvin Lugsden needing to be at their best alongside the ultra-consistent display of full backs Kyle Jacobs and Tom Kennedy who were giving the ever-present Sam Ashton excellent protection as the hosts were struggling to seriously test the visiting goal keeper.

With the match at the three quarter point Chris Willcock responded with two alterations as Ryan Ellison and Ruben Jerome entered the fray at the expense of Kennedy and Gooden respectively. Moments later things went from bad to worse for the home side when half time substitute Lint limped out of the action leaving Newcastle down to ten men for the remaining quarter of the encounter having utilised their full complement of changes,

With Ramsbottom United three goals to the good and the opposition a player light the remainder of the contest was played out with the away side pushing forward relentlessly for more goals whilst the hosts laboured to keep the rampant visitors at bay whilst struggling to make any serious attacking impact.

The final substitution of the contest saw the excellent Eddie Moran being replaced by Tony Donaldson in the Rams engine room, the closing ten minutes saw the away sides single minded approach double their winning margin. Firstly a precise through ball found Khalil Osi-Efa alone 10 yards from goal with just Johnson to beat and the young midfielder registered his first goal for the club by cleverly rounding the keeper before walking the ball into an empty net for the Rams fourth goal of the match.

With the Rams controlling the match the fifth goal arrived with five minutes left as Kyle Jacobs threaded a through ball through to recently arrived substitution Donaldson who controlled the pass before firing into the far corner past the diving Johnson to also notch the first goal of the popular midfielders Rams career.

As Newcastle craved the final whistle a cleverly disguised pass from Nic Evangelinos found Ruben Jerome in on goal and the substitute confidently tucked the ball under the keeper to complete the scoring and go one goal better than the recent 5-0 win at Glossop with the side scoring a hugely impressive tally of 24 goals in the last 7 fixtures in all competition.

As the final whistle blew on another well merited seventh consecutive league away from home for the Rams the players receiving a well deserved and rousing reception from the visiting supporters for a scintillating second half performance full of six appeal.

An excellent all round team display in which it was difficult to select an obvious man of the match performance but new recruit Tom Schofield showed up well on his debut and was an additional bonus as the strength of the Ramsbottom United squad continues to impress.

The loyal band of fans who made the trip had plenty of time to dissect the evenings events as lane closures on the M6 North bound dictated that most arrived through their front doors around midnight tired but very happy having witnessed a ruthless and powerful performance from Chris Willcock's outfit.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy (Ellison 68 mins) , Jacobs, Moran (Donaldson 74 mins ) Thompson, Kelvin Lugsden, Gooden (Jerome 68 mins), Schofield, Rainford, Osi-Efa, Evangelinos

Unused Subs- Rother , Carey

Category: Club News

PREVIEW: Colwyn Bay (H)

Well what an entertaining ride the FA Trophy proved to be.

12 matches and over 1500 miles covered saw the Rams break all club records by reaching the last 16 (or 10 if you prefer coming into the replay) of the nationwide competition before bravely bowing out at EFL-chasing AFC Fylde on Tuesday night.

It’s been a great and profitable venture which will live in the memory for many years to come. But now, it’s a case of re-focussing back to the competition we all strived to win as we began the current campaign last August – The Evo-Stik West League.

This is the bread-and-butter, and minds now need to concentrate on making up the ground lost through the cup games.

Now lying in 8th position, games in hand could mean the Rams shooting into the play-off places, and a return to league action starts at the HWRS on Saturday when mid-table Colwyn Bay come to town.

Sitting below the Rams in tenth place, the Welshmen have played four games more, and, unusually, have a better away record than home. Five wins on their own soil compare to six on their travels, so they are obviously unaffected by the lengthy trips they have to make.

For the Rams, it’s a case of rolling up the sleeves and taking their recent fine league run further.

Amazingly, the Rams last league games have seen them win 6-0 against Skelmersdale and 5-0 away at Glossop, which is exactly the same score-line that the Bay won by at Glossop last Saturday.

Let’s hope for a bumper crowd as the players certainly deserve the backing of the town, and a three point haul will be most welcome as we look to an entertaining and possibly nail-biting last ten weeks of the season.


Category: Match Reports

REPORT: Trafford 0 Rams 4

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 23th February 2019

TRAFFORD 0 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 4

Attendance-416

Report by Jon Haslam

On a Spring like Saturday afternoon Ramsbottom United returned to Shawe View, the venue of the first victory under the management of Chris Willcock, a 2-1 FA Trophy win back in mid October which was the beginning of a never to be forgotten run in the competition for all connected with the Rams.

After Tuesday nights resounding six nil triumph at Newcastle Town the visitors showed three changes to their starting line up with Jamie Rother, Kieran Lugsden and Ruben Jerome replacing Khalil Osi-Efa, Tom Schofield and Iyrwah Gooden.

With hosts Trafford tucked in eighth position prior to kick off a closely fought encounter was predicted on an impressive looking surface which from the sidelines appeared conducive to good football. Indeed the opening exchanges began in lively fashion with the first chance of the match falling to the visitors when hotshot Jamie Rainford received a pass from Nic Evangelinos before his goal bound effort was blocked by the home defence but served notice that the day trippers were determined to continue their exceptional recent form.

Trafford replied in kind with an opening foray forward down the right wing which resulted in a effort which bobbled wide of Sam Ashtons goal from ex Ramsbottom forward Danny Wilkins.

After an opening ten minutes which could best be described as hard fought the first moment of note arrived when a mix up in the visitors defence allowed home wideman Liam Ellis to almost capitalise on some unusually hesitant defending and as the Trafford player looked to have nicked the ball round the onrushing Ashton before going to ground there was a collective holding of breath from the Ramsbottom contingent but thankfully referee Porter decreed that the hosts number eleven hadn't won a penalty for his side and issued a yellow card for simulation.

Whilst there was plenty of endeavour from both teams the respective goalkeepers were relatively untroubled as the half wore on but the Rams perhaps looked the most likely to make the breakthrough but couldn't quite click from an attacking perspective and at the thirty minute point the game was goalless.

With half time less than ten minutes away Ramsbottom United struck the opening goal of the contest when some excellent link up play down the right wing between Rainford and full back Kyle Jacobs which lead to the latter finding some space to send in an inviting cross to the far post which landed perfectly into the path of the clubs leading scorer Nic Evangelinos who beat Cooper in the Trafford goal with a low shot to register his nineteenth goal of a hugely impressive season

Four minutes later and the advantage would be doubled when livewire Evangelinos was tripped just outside the penalty area, up stepped free kick expert and former Bury and Rochdale full back Tom Kennedy to send a sweetly struck left footed effort from 20 yards out which perfectly evaded the defensive wall before beating the diving Cooper and finding the top corner of the net to send the away supporters into raptures as their favourites took a lead they ultimately wouldn't surrender.

The two quickfire goals in a four minute period had given the visitors the upper hand but Trafford looked to respond immediately when a corner on the stroke of half time almost halved the deficit but the free header sailed wide of the target to serve notice that the Ramsbottom rear guard would need to be at their resolute best to keep the hosts at bay. The last action of the first period saw Jamie Rainford burst through towards the edge of the Trafford area before firing wide of the target but as the referee blew for half time the Rams held a warranted two goal lead.

After the interval the visitors who were coursing with confidence almost increased their advantage further when a bustling run from Ruben Jerome took the forward inside the Trafford penalty area before a low shot was tipped wide of the target by Cooper as the away side looked to put the result beyond question.

With Ramsbottom United two goals to the good the opening fifteen minutes of the second half were played out without much incident and with goalscoring chances at a premium for both sides the visitors were doing a professional job of protecting their advantage restricting Trafford to a well worked move down the left which resulted in a scuffed effort that Sam Ashton easily dealt with.

As the contest reached the three quarters mark the away side made their first alteration of the contest when Iyrwah Gooden entered the fray at the expense of Ruben Jerome with Jamie Rainford moving to a more familiar central striking role. Shortly after the change hearts were fluttering somewhat in the visitors ranks when Sam Ashton came hurtling out of his penalty area to clear up an overhit through ball from the hosts and as the goalkeeper was in unfamiliar territory his clearance only found a white shirted Trafford player who sent a shot goalwards but the recovering Rams defenders spared any potential blushes for their keeper and shepherded the ball to safety.

After that warning the Rams set about ensuring that their afternoon would be a fruitful one as they created a couple of presentable opportunities with perhaps the best falling to midfield dynamo Jamie Rother who, after a corner had been cleared to the edge of the Trafford penalty area fired in a shot which evaded the onrushing defenders before narrowly missing the target.

With a sense of symmetry Ramsbottom United would strike with precision twice in a four minute period for the second time in the encounter to put the result beyond any doubt, firstly on 73 minutes a threaded pass from the aforementioned Rother found Jamie Rainford who twisted one way and then the other before slaloming past two defenders and entering the penalty box before sidestepping another Trafford defender and confidently sending a precise low shot past the outstretched dive of Cooper and into the bottom corner for the forwards tenth league goal in a Ramsbottom shirt. Also worth noting is that the hard working striker has scored in five consecutive league games amassing seven goals in that period proving yet again what a vital addition the forward has been to the Ramsbottom ranks.

With the three points looking guaranteed Chris Willcock utilised his bench with a double change as Rainford and the tireless Eddie Moran were replaced by Jason Carey and Tony Donaldson respectively.

The fourth and final Ramsbottom United goal arrived after Kieran Lugsden almost scored from a well hit shot but Cooper in the home goal was equal to the effort palming the ball wide, although the relief was short-lived as the resultant corner from Tom Kennedy evaded the hosts keepers attempt to punch the ball to safety and Lugsden nodded into an unguarded net for his second goal for the Rams whilst confirming another vital three points.

For the remaining quarter of an hour a demoralised Trafford outfit continued to search for a consolation goal but ultimately without success as Sam Ashton was protected in fine fashion by the miserly Rams defence.

A point that surely cannot be ignored is that amazingly Ramsbottom United have not fallen behind in any away league match since Chris Willcocks first away outing which was a one each draw at Widnes on the 9th of October. Since that match the side have embarked on a run of eight consecutive away games in which they have tasted victory with an aggregate goal tally of 28 goals scored and just one against (In the 3-1 win at Market Drayton).

The final chances of the game were exchanged in the final ten minutes as firstly a well struck shot for the hosts from the edge of the penalty area flew wide of the Rams goal before Tony Donaldson almost made it two goals in two games but after a well worked move the young midfielders effort was well saved by Cooper in the home goal.

As the referee blew the full time whistle Ramsbottom United had completed a well deserved victory whilst perhaps not being at their fluent best, nevertheless such have been the high standards of recent performances that a comprehensive four goal win against a team that sat just two places below the Rams prior to kick off ensured the travelling support had another away result and performance to be immensely proud of.

A look at the league table after the match showed the Rams in a play off place which rounds off a superb seven days which has seen the team garner nine points from the three games played in that period alongside a goal haul of eleven with none conceded as the Rams play off impetuous gathers momentum ahead of Tuesday nights eagerly anticipated visit of Colne at the HWRS.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran (Donaldson 74 mins ) Thompson, Kelvin Lugsden, Rainford (Carey 74 mins), Rother, Jerome (Gooden 64 mins), Kieran Lugsden, Evangelinos

Unused Subs- Ellison, Osi-Efa

Category: Club News

PREVIEW: Newcastle Town (A)

It’s a long-awaited return to Staffordshire and the home of Newcastle Town. The last time a Rams travelled there, in August, 2009, they returned on the back of a 5-0 thrashing, a worrying start for the new managerial duo of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.

Fortunately, they appear to have recovered from that nightmare debut pretty well!

The current Rams side travel down in the hope of gaining three more important League points as they target the six teams above them in what is becoming a fascinating campaign.

The hoists currently sit in 13th place with 31 points from their 25 games, but enjoyed an excellent away win at Trafford (where the Rams venture on Saturday), by two goals to nil, so will be in confident mood as they return home.

The Rams managed to sneak in a late winner on Saturday at home to a stubborn Colwyn Bay side, and are still to taste defeat on their travels in league fixtures under Chris Willcock.

The last three league games have been won by a margin of 12 goals to nil, with that excellent FA Trophy tie with AFC Fylde sandwiched in between.

No injury or suspension worries, with the exception of the long absence of Nialle Rodney, so a selection headache of the right sort for the boss as the Rams hope to return home with another valuable three point haul.


Category: Club News

JANUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH!

The Ramsbottom United supporters have cast their votes for the club’s Player-of-the-Month for what was a busy January.

A rare league defeat on the opening day at home to fellow-promotion seekers Atherton Collieries, gradually saw an improvement in form.

A 1-1 draw with another top end side Leek Town, was followed by a memorable FA Trophy game against high-flying Southern League side Weymouth. A last gasp equaliser at the harry Williams Riverside Stadium, saw the Rams complete a 550 mile round trip on the following Tuesday, to come home triumphant after a memorable 3-1 win in front of seventeen of those die-hard supporters.

Two big wins (5-0 at Glossop and 6-0 at home to Skelmersdale) followed to end the month on a high note. Judged the best performer of an excellent month for the team, was midfield star EDDIE MORAN, and he was presented with his trophy and case of beer from the League Drinks sponsor BOWLAND BREWERY.

Category: Match Reports

REPORT: AFC Fylde 4 Rams 1

AFC Fylde versus Ramsbottom United

FA Trophy 3rd round replay

Mill Field

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Attendance 913 (234 Ramsbottom United fans)

Report by Damien Barlow

When a football manager doesn't know where his teams next goal is coming from, it is usually down to a loss of form and a time of scant reward in front of goal. The same can definitely not be said for the current management team, with the playing staff netting 16 times in their last 3 outings with a healthy spread accross the team in finding the back of the opposition net, most recently the 5 in last weeks epic against tonights opponents, and while Fylde will fancy their own chances on home turf and free from the equilibrium of a claggy pitch, the Rams will back themselves to make this more than a 1 sided contest.

It was the Rams who got this replay underway, but the hosts wasted no time in trying to assert their authority on proceedings, working the ball well down the left, with Hardy and Crawford combining well with the latter getting to the by-line and sending in the games first cross, Ellison was on hand to deal with this and sent the ball away down Ramsbottoms right for Iyrwah Gooden to pounce on and somewhat catch Tunnicliffe by surprise, who unceremoniously clattered the hopeful attacker to the ground. With only minutes on the clock, that challenge brought the first booking.

The Ramsbottom number 7 was certainly keeping the home defence on their toes, and in quick succession won his side 2 more free kicks, both of which failed to cause any real issues for the home side. The game started to settle down a little more as the clock progressed over the quarter hour mark, with both teams becomming more comfortable on the ball, and taking their time in finding a pass. A couple of hesitant moments in the Fylde back line had the potential to let the visitors in on goal but were eventually dealt with, and with a break away of their own down the right, should have made more of the opportunity but an over hit cross again let the recovering defenders off easier than it should.

As the game developed, it was becomming evident the away side were not going to be fazed or intimidated by their unfamiliar surroundings, and were forcing Fylde into several rushed mis-placed passes, much to the dis-pleasure of the home faithful, and as the ball broke to Gooden in the box, he teased the ball back to Moran who in-turn sent the back out wide for the no7 to continue to ask questions of his markers who could on answer by illegally stopping him. A dangerous game some might say with the trusted left foot of Tom Kennedy only happy to oblige in delivering the set-piece re-starts into the Fylde box. A rather wild attempt on goal from Eddie Moran which was greeted with Oohs from the away fans gathered behind the goal and ironic cheers from the home ones, just showed again the growing confidence that was starting to put the away side on top, and looking the more dangerous and more likely to force any kind of attacking threat.

Iyrwah Gooden was certainly the games main threat and again he wriggled free from 2 Fylde defenders and headed towards the home sides area, calmly played the ball in field for Rother to run on to and strike the ball which looked goal bound but unfortunatley took a deflection off a relieved Byrne and Ramsbottom had to settle for a corner, which the unusually quiet Evangelinos was designated to take, he swung the ball towards the 6 yard line and the un-marked Kieran Lugsden sent the 234 away following into raptures and dreams that this could be another famous night in the clubs history.

27 minutes AFC Fylde 0 Ramsbottom United 1

The goal and lead confounded the visitors belief that they could cause another upset, and as another mis-placed pass was gifted to the impressive Gooden he was caught in more than 2 minds as he ran towards goal with Jerome up in support, a moment too many of indecision allowed Byrne to save his team from furthur blushes and quell the visitors hopes of an unassailable lead. One person inparticular who would be grateful for the half time whistle is Fylde full back Zaine Francis-Angol who Gooden has given the run-around throughout the first half, and a cheeky little back-heeled nut-meg was just too much, and with no attempt to hide his frustration dragged his tormentor to the ground, and received a yellow card for his troubles.

On 35 minutes Fylde were on level terms, as a cleverly worked move down the right freed Danny Rowe, and with the offside trap sprung simple lift of the ball over a stranded Sam Ashton and the Fylde number 9 wheeled away in thankfull mood.

35 minutes AFC Fylde 1 Ramsbottom United 1

With little more than 90 seconds left on the first half clock, the turnaround was complete, as Azerbaijan U19 Tasdemir weaved his magic down the left, his cross towards the back post was met by Jordan Tunniclifffe, who seemed to ghost in un seen by the static Kennedy, and a simple finish would see the Rams in deficit for the start of the second half.

44 minutes AFC Fylde 2 Ramsbottom United 1

As the second half started, Fylde seemed in determined mood not to let a lead slip again, and no doubt were reminded of last weeks capers during the half time chat, so when Tom Crawford released Tasdemir in the box on 50 minutes and his left footed effort curled away beyond the outstretched right glove of Ashton and gave the home side a 2 goal cushion, the next goal would be vital.

50 minutes AFC Fylde 3 Ramsbottom United 1

The third goal for Fylde seem to knock the Rams out of their stride for the first time in the contest, and now only half chances and sniffs around the final 3rd were as good as it got for the visitors, and with Fyldes game management seemingly better than last week, it was them who were now finding the pass easier to come by and space to work in. Ramsbottom made their first change with Jason Carey replacing Ruben Jerome on the hour mark.

As Fylde began to turn the screw and offer little if no incentive to their opponents for a way back in, Crawford showed lovely skill to wrong foot Rother and release Tasdemir in the box with only Ashton to beat but the keeper stood firm and parried his effort away for a corner.

A mazy run from Evangelinos gave the away following an excuse to excercise their vocal chords as he moved away from 2 close observors and although outnumbered managed to get his shot away, but only called Lynch into making a straight forward stop. A frustrated booking for Gooden seemed to sum up the second half, as he over zealously tried to dispossess Byrne who did seem to want an eternity on the ball, however, the referee deemed to enough to caution the Rammy man.

On 67 minutes the goalscoring was completed, as a searching ball forward found Rowe and Tasdemir clear of the Ramsbottom back line, and as Rowe took charge of the sitution he made no mistake in crashing in a 4th goal for his team and putting the game beyond doubt. Only a 3 goal recovery from the Rams now, would over shadow last weeks heroics.

67 minutes AFC Fylde 4 Ramsbottom United 1

A double substitution on 75 minutes saw Donaldson and Osi-Efa enter the fray at the expense of goal scorer Lugsden and the impressive Gooden.

As the final 10 minutes wore on, Fylde controlled possession and the tempo, and with their own introduction of Nick Haughton and youth product Sheldon Green, they insured Ramsbottom would have to work until the final whistle, and as the curtain did finally come down on a monumental FA Trophy adventure for the Rams, which has taken in 12 games and close to 1000 miles, everyone associated with the club can be proud of what has gone and excited with what is to come. As the players and management showed their appreciation to the travelling hoards at the end, its sure to be the Yaxley 9 and Weymouth 17 who will steal the bragging rights for years to come, as tales of this seasons cup run will be shared round many a pub table well into the future.

Final score AFC Fylde 4 Ramsbottom United 1

Team Ashton, Kennedy (c) Jacobs, Moran, Thompson, Ellison, Gooden (Osi-Efa), Rother, Jerome (Carey), Lugsden (Donaldson), Evangelinos.

Unused subs Parker, Hart.