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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.

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REPORT: Rams 5 AFC Fylde 5

Buildbase FA Trophy 3rd Round

Tuesday 5th February 2019


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: Rams 1 Colwyn Bay 0

Evo Stik West Division

Saturday 16th February 2019


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

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Ramsbottom United travel to the Fylde coast for this the latest instalment of “The biggest game in the club’s history”!

The two sides battled the conditions at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium last Tuesday and produced a magnificent game of football that will long live in the memory of the 743 supporters who turned out on a miserable night.

They were certainly rewarded as the Rams twice came from two goals down to eventually take the lead before a late equaliser from the visitors saw the game end 5-5, with much attention around the footballing world focussed on it.

The Rams have now scored sixteen goals in their last three matches, although the momentum was thwarted on Saturday when their home game in the League against Newcastle Town was postponed due to the state of the pitch.

AFC Fylde, meanwhile, undertook the long trip to Maidstone United and returned with a point as the log-jam at the top of the National League shows no sign of evaporating.

So both teams will regard this Trophy replay as something they could have done without, as promotion remains the main aim, but the prestige of a run in the FA’s biggest non-league knock-out tournament has certainly raised the stakes with the possibility of a home match against either Carshalton Athletic or recent Football League side Barnet awaiting the winner in the Quarter-Final.

Whatever the result tomorrow, this Ramsbottom United team deserves all the plaudits for smashing through the club’s records, and a healthy following is expected at Mill Farm for a game that, should it be half as good as the one last week, will be well worth watching.

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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.
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REPORT: Rams 6 Skelmersdale 0

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 26th January 2019



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: 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.

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MATCH OFF (Sat 9/2)

Today's match vs Newcastle Town has been called off due to a Waterlogged pitch
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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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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