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PREVIEW: Workington (H)

The Evo-Stik League’s last two survivors will battle it out to the death on Tuesday night at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium in an attempt to progress to the 2nd Round Proper of non-league’s biggest knock-out competition.

For the Rams, it is an opportunity to create history, as they are currently the farthest they have ever been in the Trophy, having previously lost to Stockport County at this stage in 2014.

Should the homesters overcome another former Football League side in Workington, then not only will it create history for the Rams, but it would see them as the League’s sole representatives amongst a strong contingent of teams from the top of the non-league pyramid.

The 0-0 draw up in Cumbria on a wicked afternoon on Saturday set up this replay, and better conditions will be hoped for from both sides.

Despite drawing away, the Cumbrians must start as slight favourites, coming from the Division above, but the Rams are in a good run of form and will go into the game full of confidence.

As is often said, cup ties are one off games, and it’ll all be down to who has the attitude and commitment on the night to make progress,

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then there will be extra time, and, if required, a penalty shoot-out would ensure we have a winner on the night.

The winners will face Weymouth FC at home in the next round.

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PREVIEW: Kidsgrove (A)

Ramsbottom United travel down the M6 for the second time this season to take on Kidsgrove Athletic, this time in the League. The last venture in August was for an FA Cup tie, under the guidance of former manager Mark Fell, when, having drawn 1-1, the Rams fancied their chances at home in the replay. However, a missed penalty in normal time, followed by more during the eventual penalty shoot-out, saw the Staffordshire side progress at the Rams expense.

Now with new management team and squad in place, it’s a return on a revenge mission in the hope of removing the memory of the team’s first defeat in fourteen matches last Saturday in the controversial reversal against Runcorn Linnets.

As a result of the debatable refereeing, Ramsbottom will be without Kyle Jacobs and Kieran Lugsden, who both must now sit out the next three first team matches.

However, the Rams travel to a team which is so far undefeated on the road in league matches, but have only won once in seven on their home patch, drawing and losing three apiece.

Having been declared the Evo-Stik West club of the month for November, this is an opportunity to put that defeat behind them and begin another impressive run as three league points are on offer before we return to the FA Trophy with a trip to Workington next Saturday.


Category: Match Reports

REPORT: Market Drayton Town 1 Rams 3

Market Drayton Town 1 Ramsbottom United 3.

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Evo-Stik West Division

Attendance 88

Referee Tom Elliott

Report by Damien Barlow

DEFENSIVE ERRORS GIFT WRAP 3 POINTS FOR THE RAMS AHEAD OF FESTIVE PERIOD

A tradition of recent years has seen market visits in the build up to Christmas include luke warm wine, over priced hot-dogs and more than enough ill-fitting festive items of clothing. Fortunately for everyone inside the Greenfields Sports Ground, which entails a picturesque drive to reach, non of these unpleasentries were in sight, and as Chris Willcock and his team arrived in town keen to build on their mid-week cup exploits and a run of 1 defeat in 15 games since he joined the club, the only mulling was whether another 3 points would be won. Todays game sees the return fixture from the opening day of the season, and is worth noting that only 4 players who featured that day for Ramsbottom survive to tell the tale today.

There were 2 changes for todays match, seeing Kelvin Lugsden and Jamie Rainford installed to the starting 11, the latter in place of Nialle Rodney who suffered an ankle injury midweek. Rainford now occupying the vacant wide right slot with Jerome operating through the middle. The hosts got proceedings underway in what was an unusually pleasent day weather wise for the time of year.

The first chance to send a ball into the area was presented to the away side as Evangelinos was tripped just inside the opposision half, and as Kennedys ball dropped 12 yards out, the head of Thompson couldn't give the visitors the perfect start and Springthorpe easily collected. Another free kick saw Kennedy opt for the short option and rolled the ball forward towards half way for Donaldson to collect and turn and move forward assessing what lay ahead, Rainford offered the perfect outlet wide right, and only a Drayton defender clearing the eventual cross prevented the best move of the day ending in celebration. On the break from that move presented the home side with the best clear cut chance, and for all of Ramsbottoms pressure and territory they could have found themselves in deficit, thankfully Sam Ashton earned his keep and expertly saved low to his left to deny Harvey Howell from 7 yards out.

The Rams responded well, and continued to build momentum amidst the free kicks and more direct approach from their counterparts, and as Tom Kennedy sent a teasing inswinging corner towards the dangerzone, it was Thompson again who was first to the ball but his free header somehow found the chest of The Gingerbread Mens stopper.

As the first half started to settle down more, the away side looked the more comfortable, and although no real furthur assaults on the scoreline had been offered, there was a sense that the first goal would be very important. After conceding 10 goals in the last 2 games, an away goal could knock the hosts confidence and see the away side run away with the game. A home goal and they'd have apoint to prove and something to defend.

Ruben Jerome became the first recipient of a card from the referee, a trip on Matthew Ballard, saw his reaction to an earlier coming-together see him on a disciplinary tightrope. The resulting free kick almost proved more costly than a yellow card fine, as somehow 3 Market Drayton players found unmarked space at the back post, and unintentionally got in each others way and as the ball bounced along the 6 yard line another on-rushing attacker just failed to make contact which would surely have been the opening goal.

Moments later on 36 minutes the break through was thrust upon us, as a fortunate corner that was awarded to Drayton, when Tom Elliott deemed Ellisons attempted clearence had bounced back off him and out of play, was easily gathered by Ashton, his quick thinking and even quicker clearence into enemy lines saw Jamie Rainford and Paul Mcmullen shoulder to shoulder and as the panicking defender attempted to divert the danger he unceremoniously sent the ball past Springthorpe and Rammy were up and running for what would be a mad 10 minutes.

MARKET DRAYTON 0 RAMSBOTTOM 1

4 minutes later and the season of goodwill continued from the Market Drayton back line. After successfully seeing off a couple of corners, a straight forward ball from the right was strangely headed straight back accross his own 6 yard line, completley wrong footing his team mates and as Jerome gleefully accepted this unexpected bow wrapped present.

MARKET DRAYTON 0 RAMSBOTTOM 2

The 2 goal cushion now allowed Ramsbottom to enjoy more controlled possession, with Rainford being utilised more than most. He and Ellison showing good understanding and were working the right side well. Donaldson became the next to receive a card for what can only be described as a 'forwards tackle'. The 88 loyal on-lookers were given another example of Rammys play from the back and through the thirds philosopy just before the break. Eddie Moran picked the ball up from Kennedy and moved towards half way smoothly playing the ball into Rother's path who inturn continued the balls journey out wide into space for Rainford to latch on to, unfortunately the move broke down on the edge of the home sides area.

As 45 minutes ticked ever closer the game was put beyond doubt. As Tom Kennedy made his way over to the right for another corner words of wisdom were fresh in his ears from Thompson who then made his way into position. The resulting corner was met firmly by the Rammy No5, and third time lucky for him, finally got his rewards.

MARKET DRAYTON 0 RAMSBOTTOM 3

As the first half was brought to a close, an unassailable lead which 10 minutes earlier no one could have forseen, was surely a too big a mountain for Market Drayton to climb in the second half. One highlight not many would have bared witness to, was 3 of the sub's warming up, and whilst doing their stretches in the corner, a conversation broke out between them about the frequency of their hair dresser visits and how often they have their eye brows done. You know who you are lads!

As Ramsbottom got the second half started, no changes had been made by either side, however, Rainford was now up top with Jerome wide right. The first half chance of the second half came as Ryan Ellison broke down the right and deftly lifted the ball over the defender for Rainford to run onto but the bounce took the ball away from him and into the keepers grasp. Evangelinos was next to run at the home back line, and as he cut inside and rolled the ball towards Donaldson, he tried his luck from 25 yards, but was unlucky as his effort whistled past the upright. Drayton were now looking for the goal that would allow them to try and build on and as Glynn Coney wriggled free and got to the byline, his effort to pick out a team mate waas unsucsessful, but acted as a warning to the vistors that there was still a job to do.

60 minutes saw the first change for Rammy as Kyle Jacobs replaced Luke Thompson.

65 minutes second sub for Rammy, new signing Richard Brodie on for Ruben Jerome.

73 minutes and the final change of personel sees Kieran Lugsden take the place of Anthony Donaldson.

Over the next 7 or so minutes the referee kept up his christmas spirit and continued to hand out cards. The first was a yellow for new boy Brodie for a clumsy mis-timed challenge, the second wasn't, and certainly had him instanty removed from a few of the visitors lists.

81 minutes saw the most notable talking point of the half, as a percentage ball was sent forward the front, and seemed to get between Ellison and Ashton, and whilst the striker escaped the attention of both and got a shot away, which ended up hitting the side netting, the official saw fit to then bring back play, award a penalty and issue a stright red for Ellison for supposedly tugging on his opponents shirt. The spot kick was converted cooly by Coney sending Ashton the wrong way. Ramsbottom had to see out the final minutes with a man dis-advantage, in a game which had never looked beyond doubt.

Jamie Rainford had on 88 minutes a great opportunity to restore the 3 goal cushion as good work down the left saw him receive the ball left side of the area, worked his space really well and curled a shot away towards the far stanchion, only to see his effort go just wide.

The full time whistle sounded not long after, signalling another well earned 3 points for the Rams as they head into a Riverside festive double header, firstly with top of the table Radcliffe on boxing day and then 2nd place Atherton Colleries on New Years Day.

May I take this opportunity on behalf of myself and the rest of the match reporting team to wish you all a Happy and safe Christmas.

Team :- Ashton, Kennedy (c), Ellison, Moran, Thompson, Lugsden K, Rainford, Rother, Jerome, Donaldson, Evangelinos.

Subs not used :- Khalil Osi-Efa, Bembo-Leta.

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LIVE BLOG: Workington (H)

Our match blog for tonight's FA Trophy replay with Workington is below

The blog will start with Adam Clark at around 6.45pm tonight!

If for some reason you're having issues accessing the blog, please contact us via the club facebook page.



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REPORT: Kidsgrove 0 Rams 2

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 8th December 2018

KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC 0 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 2

Attendance- 110

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United made their second visit of the season to Kidsgrove the first being an August visit for an FA Cup tie and were looking for an immediate response from last weeks galling defeat to high flying Runcorn Linnets which brought to an end an unbeaten run of 13 matches for Chris Wilcocks' charges.

The Rams made two changes to their starting eleven with both Kelvin Lugdsen and Jamie Rainford starting their first games for the club at the expense of the suspended Kyle Jacobs and Ruben Jerome respectively.

The contest began in awful conditions with the rain slanting down, despite this, the pitch appeared to be in excellent condition and both sides began positively with the visitors playing an attractive passing style through midfield on a slick surface with caused the Kidsgrove back line some early problems.

With almost ten minutes of the match completed the visitors created the first moment of real significance when a goal kick from Sam Ashton deceived the Kidsgrove defence and was pounced on by Jamie Rainford who surged into the penalty area before squaring the ball to Nialle Rodney who looked certain to open the scoring by side footing towards an empty net but last man Rhodes dashed back to block the goal bound effort and deny the away side the opening goal of the day.

The hosts, with only a single league victory at home this term from seven attempts as opposed to their away league form which sees the Grove unbeaten in seven fixtures away from their well appointed stadium looked lively on the break but wide man Nic Evangelinos brought the first notable save of the game from home stopper Kurasik after a good run and shot served notice of the Rams intent to get back to winning ways.

Indeed it took the hosts midway through the first period to produce their first strike at goal but full back Thompson's effort was deflected for a corner which came to nothing but showed that even with a reshaped defence showing Ryan Ellison at right full back and Kelvin Lugsden slotting into central defence alongside the ridiculously consistent Luke Thompson the visitors were largely untroubled for the opening third of the encounter.

Then, after thirty goalless minutes had been played and the incessant rain had lessened a match defining five minutes altered the course of the contest when the Rams took control in decisive fashion.

Firstly on 32 Minutes a superb run by Nic Evangelinos cleverly sidestepping three Kidsgrove defenders on a run that took the winger into the penalty area before sending an effort towards goal which Kurasik could only parry into the path of Jamie Rainford who confidently fired home from close range to register his first goal for Ramsbottom United to give the away side a lead their early play had deserved.

No sooner had the players and supporters collective elation died down when the lead was doubled in spectacular fashion when that man Rainford received the ball tight to the touchline on the Rams left before cutting inside a couple of challenges and sending a rasping right footed effort from fully 30 yards curling past Kurasiks outstretched dive before nestling into the top corner of the net to give the away side a two goal advantage and in the process give the striker a double on his first start for the Rams and surely add this strike to the goal of the season competition at the conclusion of the campaign.

The Evo-Stik West Division club of the month for November were gaining confidence as the clock ticked towards half time with the impressive midfield trio of Moran, Donaldson and Rother continuing to have the upper hand on their direct opponents and the last noteworthy action of the half saw Rother send a low skimming shot from just outside the penalty area which looked to have Kurasik in trouble but the attempt narrowly missed the target as the Rams took a two goal advantage into the break.

The second period began in much the same way the first half finished with the visitors in the ascendancy, a good piece of attacking play again set up Rother for a shot at goal but his effort from the apron of the 18 yard box drew a fairly orthodox diving save from the Kidsgrove keeper before moments later a sumptuous through ball from Eddie Moran gave Jamie Rainford a chance of his hat trick as he went one on one with Kurasik but the effort missed the upright as the hosts could quite easily have found the match beyond them with over 40 minutes remaining.

Even though Kidsgrove were trailling, the Rams rearguard were doing an excellent job of protecting Sam Ashton who wasn't called into any serious action until half way through the second period when a Baker cross from the right found substitute Saxon but his low drive was palmed to safety at his near post as the hosts searched for a route back into the contest.

Ramsbottom United were limiting the hosts to very few clear chances with Kelvin Lugsden looking assured on his first starting appearance for the visitors and the lead was almost increased further when Nic Evangelinos found himself with a sight of goal to put the result beyond any doubt but the winger was denied by the home goal keeper who was quickly off his line to block the clever effort and the score remained at 2-0 for the away side.

The substitutes bench was utilised for the first time for the visitors with 15 minutes remaining as Ruben Jerome replaced Nialle Rodney. In truth, both goal keepers had little to trouble them with long distance efforts the main route to goal although some good interplay around the area from the hosts between Malbon and Saxon gave the latter the opportunity to shoot at goal but the attempt barely extended Ashton.

The final ten minutes yielded a number of free kicks in promising position for Grove but again the Rams defence repelled what was thrown at them and despite not being at their fluent best from an attacking perspective in the second period the travellers from Lancashire were managing the second half very well quelling any momentum the hosts could muster whilst still offering a threat on the break themselves.

Two goal hero Jamie Rainford was replaced by Khalil Osi-Efa for the closing few minutes denying the striker the opportunity of a hat trick on his first start for the away side but the days work was done as the happy travellers saw out the five minutes of injury time to record a degree of retribution for Kidsgroves victory on penalties which knocked the Rams out of the FA Cup earlier in the campaign.

With the rain subsiding for the majority of the second half huge credit must be given to the Kidsgrove ground staff for preparing such an excellent surface which held up superbly especially given the huge amount of rain that had fallen in recent days which allowed this match to be completed when other games in the area were either called off or abandoned.

A point worthy of note is that the Rams have conceded only one goal away from The Riverside in the five league matches under Chris Willcock, a fourth consecutive league clean sheet and despite what was an untried back line demonstrates the strength and depth of the squad as the team look to begin another unbeaten run.

As proceedings came to a conclusion and three more points were added to the ever increasing tally meaning that Ramsbottom United have clocked up a hugely impressive run of ten away matches without defeat in all competitions and the league table showed the Rams had jumped a place to seventh as the team responded admirably to last weekends setback ahead of Saturdays intriguing looking FA Trophy First Round tie at Workington.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Ellison, Moran ,Thompson, Lugsden, Rodney (Jerome 74 mins) ,Rother, Rainford (Osi-Efa 82 mins), Donaldson, Evangelinos

Unused Subs- Rowe, Hart, Foulds


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Club Of The Month

When new boss Chris Willcock took over in early October, he immediately went about reshaping a team that was 14th in the Division and the new look side went on a terrific thirteen game unbeaten run.

Three successive away league victories during November against Skelmersdale United, Prescot Cables and Colwyn Bay hoisted them up to fourth spot in the table, whilst two away draws in the FA Trophy at Yaxley and Pickering Town, allowed the club’s only two home games during the month to end with victories in the replays sending the Rams on to the FA Trophy 1st round proper.

An engraved permanent momento will be presented to the club on behalf of the League’s major sponsor, Bostik, at a date to be confirmed.

A statement from the league read “May I congratulate the Club, Manager and players on this award”

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REPORT & REACTION: Rams 2-3 Runcorn Linnets

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 2-3 RUNCORN LINNETS

Saturday 1st December 2018

Evo Stik 1st Division West

Attendance: 274

Report by Adam Clark

The Rams were unchanged from the 2-1 win against Pickering Town in midweek.

The Rams conceded an early foul on Paul Shanley by Tom Kennedy it gave Runcorn a chance from around 20 yards but Luke Thompson was there to head it away

Two minutes later, Kyle Jacobs fouled Shanley just inside the area. Louis Corrigan stepped up to score from twelve yards out.

In the next 20 minutes the Rams had a few half chances through Rodney & Kennedy but the equaliser was scored on 25 minutes.

Eddie Moran was fouled 25 yards out, Tom Kennedy stepped up and put it in the top left hand corner of the net to bring the Rams on level terms with there promotion rivals.

Two minutes later, Runcorn got back in-front, Peter Wylie headed in from a great in-swinging free kick.

Towards the end of the first half, Donaldson & Jacobs both had shots well saved by Foyth.

Four minutes from the break, Corrigan was booked for a late trip on Nialle Rodney.

HALF TIME Rams 1 Runcorn Linnets 2

Rams boss Chris Willock looked to freshen it up in the second half when at half time he made a double sub bringing on Jamie Rainford & Kieran Lugsden in place of Ruben Jerome & Anthony Donaldson.

Eight minutes into the second half, Kyle Jacobs was sent off for a 50/50 challenge with a Runcorn player, but the Rams didn’t let that affect them they scored from the spot five minutes later through Nialle Rodney after Evanglinos was fouled.

For the final 30 minutes the Rams saw Kelvin Lugsden replace Jamie Rother. Jamie Rainford had a chance for the Rams a couple of minutes later but it sailed over the bar.

It only got worse for the Rams from here on in, with thirteen minutes to go Kieran Lugsden was sent off for a reaction to a challenge made by a Runcorn player on the midfielder.

Runcorn scored the what turned out to be the winner, two minutes later. Freddie Potter the scorer he put it into the bottom right corner from close range

The Rams had a couple of chance in the final five minutes but nothing came of them and the Rams lost for the first time since Trafford on the 25th September

Chris Willcock post-match said “We’ve got to lick our wounds and go again”.



The next game for the Rams is a trip to Kidsgrove next Saturday

FULL TIME Rams 2 Runcorn Linnets 3

Rams – Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran, Thompson, Ellison, Rodney, Rother (Kelvin Lugsden 60’), Jerome (Rainford HT’), Donaldson (Kieran Lugsden HT’), Evangelinos.

Unused subs – Osi-Efa & Hart

Referee: Conor Brown

Quick stat, Conor was the referee of the first game of the unbeaten run & the last game of the unbeaten run.

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REPORT: Rams 2 Workington 0

The Rams made one change from the original tie on Saturday, Khalil Osi-Efa came into the side in-place of Simon Woodford, while Workington made two changes Brad Hubbold and Sam Joel came in for Kieran Maguire and Jordan Holt.

The Rams began in confident mood having earned the replay with a good display in attrocious conditions on the Cumbrian coast on Saturday and were soon on the offensive. Nic Evangelinos had a couple of early chances both of his headers going over the bar, the first tipped over by the visiting keeper Aaron Taylor, the second chance was from around six yards out and that was the best chance in the opening fifteen minutes.

Workington gradually wrestled their way back into the game and their best chance probably came from Joel who hit the post on 23 minutes then as the ball flashed across goal after it rebounded to Tinnion who volleyed wide.

It was pretty even for the rest of a competitive first half, as both sides looked to get a foothold in the game but they went in 0-0 at the break, a fair reflection as to how the first forty-five minutes had panned out with end to end football from both sides.

HALF TIME Rams 0 Workington 0

Workington had an early chance six minutes into the second half, the ball was played once again to Sam Joel but the visiting midfielder was in an offside position.

Just before the Rams took the lead they had a chance after Nic Evangelinos’ shot was blocked well by the Workington shot stopper Taylor.

However, the Rams broke the deadlock on 58 minutes, The ball was bundled around the area before it fell to Ruben Jerome who, at the third attempt managed to slot the ball home from close range to put the Rams ahead in their FA Trophy replay

Workington’s best chance to level came on 64 minutes when Scott Allison put the ball over the bar, if it had been an inch or two lower it would have been in and it certainly would have been a different game for the final 25 minutes.

The Rams then doubled their lead with sixteen minutes to go, Evangelinos who was the best player on the night for the Rams, scored having raced through from the left hand side and unleashing an unstoppable shot from around 15 yards out.

Nialle Rodney then had a chance to add a third for the Rams but his shot was blocked by a sliding challenge by Dan Wordsworth which resulted in a serious injury for the Rammy winger. Nialle’s lower leg collided with the post and he has believed to have suffered a serious injury to his ankle .

Thirty-three minutes was the delay for the injury to Nialle, who was then carried off the field to a round of applause from around the ground.

All the Rams needed to do was to play out the final nine minutes, The substitute who came on for Rodney was Regan Jarrett, he had a couple of chances in the final few minutes one of which came off the bar, and 2-0 was how if finished for the Lancashire side, who will face Weymouth in the next round on Saturday 12th January 2019

FULL TIME Rams 2 Workington 0

Rams - Ashton, Kennedy, Osi-Efa, Moran, Thompson, Ellison, Rodney (Jarrett 81’), Rother, Jerome, Donaldson, Evangelinos.

Unused subs - Rowe, Parker, Hart, Foulds

COMING UP:

Saturday 22nd December Evo-Stik West Market Drayton Town v RAMS 3.00pm

Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day) Evo-Stik West RAMS v Radcliffe 3.00pm

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REPORT: Workington 0 Rams 0

FA Trophy 1st Round

Saturday 15th December 2018

WORKINGTON AFC 0 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0

Attendance-298

Report by Jon Haslam

This FA Trophy First Round tie took place on a blustery and rainy Saturday afternoon in West Cumbria as Ramsbottom United took to the road to Workingtons wonderfully traditional Borough Park Stadium after being drawn away from home for the fifth consecutive time in this seasons FA Trophy competition.

The visitors starting eleven showed just two changes from the victory seven days earlier at Kidsgrove with Ruben Jerome replacing the cup tied Jamie Rainford up front and Simon Woodford slotting into central defence at the expense of the unavailable Kelvin Lugsden.

With conditions looking very likely to have a bearing on proceedings the opening ten minutes were fairly even with both teams finding it difficult to have any attacking fluidity to their play but with the strong wind in the home sides favour the visitors would need to be at their resolute best as they attempted to continue their superb recent defensive record of conceding just two goals in the last seven away matches in all competitions.

It would be Workington that perhaps just about edged the early possession stats as the contest was developing into a midfield tussle with both teams quickly coming to the conclusion that free flowing football would be something for another day as the home side appeared to be looking for longer passes behind the Rams defence to try and supply the pacey wingers in Holt and Tinnion.

The away side flickered into life from an attacking perspective just after the quarter hour mark when Nic Evangelinos linked up well with Tom Kennedy but the cross eluded the onrushing attackers.

A look at the league standings showed that the hosts were next to bottom of the league above the Rams, so, with home advantage the Reds supporters would be hoping that the higher rank side would show their superiority but as the half progressed there was no obvious sign of the two sides plying their trade in different divisions.

Workington began to garner more of the possession as the half hour was reached but the Ramsbottom United defence, which incidentally showed a third different central defensive partnership in the last three matches were ensuring that any goal scoring efforts were conspicuous by their absence as Sam Ashton in the visitors goal was untroubled, indeed the only attempt towards goal was a low effort from the Reds midfielder Cowperthwaite which flew comfortably wide of the target.

With the conditions worsening and with the rain slanting down the Rams had their first effort at goal when Nic Evangelinos went on a purposeful run towards the edge of the Workington box but his left footed effort failed to trouble Taylor in the home goal and with almost 40 goalless minutes played neither side had forced the opposing goal keeper into serious action.

As half time approached Ramsbottom United would produce their most threatening moment of the first period when a fine through ball found the quicksilver Nialle Rodney whose surging run centrally towards the Workington goal caused concern in the home defence but the wide mans right footed shot towards goal was well blocked by an outstretched leg of a retreating defender and the first 45 minutes finished with the scores level.

After the restart, and with the wind in the Rams favour the visitors began the second half positively and within ten minutes had without question the best opportunity of the match when Evangelinos found himself advancing in on goal after a goal kick had held up in the wind but the wingers shot was smothered by Taylor in the home goal.

Minutes later the away side again showed their ever increasing attacking threat when a sumptuous threaded pass from Jamie Rother connected with the run of Evangelinos in the left hand channel but again the Workington rearguard were on hand to block the promising attack.

With Ramsbottom United never having won at Borough Park the home side were finding it difficult to fashion any chances that could be categorised as clear cut, in a rare moment of concern for the visitors around the hour point a corner was cleared to the edge of the penalty are but the resultant effort flew over the top of the crossbar.

Chris Willcock then utilised his bench for the one and only time at the three quarter point of the encounter when Khalil Osi-Efa replaced the hard working Jamie Rother as fresh legs were introduced to the central midfield.

On an increasingly heavy surface not conducive to good football it was becoming more and more apparent that either a mistake or set piece would be the most likely route to settling a competitive cup tie.

Amazingly the Rams have only been behind once in the last seven fixtures away from the HWRS, this being earlier in the FA Trophy run at Yaxley where the match ended two goals apiece.

Then, with 75 minutes played the Rams almost struck the first blow of the cup tie when a surging run from Anthony Donaldson was halted around 20 yards from goal in a promising position just to the left of the "D" of the penalty area, Nic Evangelinos struck the free kick well but the diving Taylor got a finger tip to the goal bound effort and the ball clipped the outside of the post to deny the day trippers a lead their second half pressure warranted.

With the contest entering the closing stages and the Rams looking to continue their magnificent run of ten away fixtures without defeat in all competitions, the last being at the hands of Leek Town exactly three months to the day ago, the hosts responded by making all three substitutions in an attempt to change the course of a full blooded skirmish but without notable success as the Ramsbottom defence was again superb to a man with Ryan Ellison again showing his versatility with an eye catching display at right back.

A point worthy of note is that the Rams have clocked up almost 950 miles on their FA Trophy adventure this season and were in no mood to exit the competition as they continued to believe that they could grab the all important and deciding goal whilst being mindful not to give Workington any attacking encouragement.

The central defensive combination of the ever combative Luke Thompson and debutant Simon Woodford made a nonsense of this being their first match together as they contained the threat of Jason Walker and Scott Allison splendidly, the latter being in fine form with four goals from his last five appearances.

With goal scoring chances at a premium for the remainder of the contest and the swirling wind often making any hope of free flowing football very difficult the Rams negotiated the three minutes of additional time the referee had indicated and deservedly earned a replay against their higher ranked opposition. After the final whistle had blown the players and travelling supporters showed their mutual appreciation of each others efforts in challenging circumstances by exchanging warm rounds of applause which were fully earned as Chris Willcock's outfit again exhibited another side of their teams characteristics with a battling display that could and maybe should have seen the Rams leave Cumbria victorious.

Both sides will be aware of the prize on offer for the winners of the replay on Tuesday night as the draw for the next round is due to be made on Monday afternoon.and for the first time in the clubs 52 year history will proudly take their place in the Second Round draw of the FA Trophy alongside Workington.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Ellison, Moran ,Thompson, Woodford, Rodney, Rother (Osi-Efa 65 mins), Jerome, Donaldson, Evangelinos.

Unused Subs- Rowe, Parker, Hart, Jarrett

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November Player of the Month

Ramsbottom United’s Player of the Month for November, as voted for by the supporters, was left-winger NIC EVANGELINOS.

Nic joined the club in October having played for National League side Ashton United, and has had quite an impact on the new-look Rams team.

In his ten appearances for the club he has notched seven goals, and quickly established himself as a fans favourite. He was presented with his award and a case of beer from the Evo-Stik League’s beer sponsors, Bowland Brewery, ahead of the home game against Runcorn Linnets last Saturday.



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PREVIEW: Runcorn Linnets (H)

An intriguing tie at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium as seventh placed Ramsbottom United host second in the league Runcorn Linnets.

Linnets are the club that rose out of the ashes of former Conference League side Runcorn FC, and after a number of years, finally escaped the clutches of the North West Counties League, where the newly-formed club were placed, last April as they clinched that hard-to-attain single promotion spot.

With a healthy support, the Linnets have settled into the higher league like a duck to water, and should provide a stern test for the ever-improving Rams, whose victory on Tuesday against Pickering Town in the FA Trophy was their thirteenth game in an impressive unbeaten run.

Runcorn are undefeated at home in the league, but on their travels have tasted defeat four times, whilst returning home victorious on the other five occasions.

Both sides will be focussed on those promotion places, and three points tomorrow would be a welcome boost for whoever manages to grind out a result.

An entertaining game looks to be on the cards, and the hope is that the missing Rammy fans, who had deserted the club during the reign of Mark Fell, will come back to witness what, if recent performances are anything to go by, some quality football from a Rams side that has quickly gelled under new boss Chris Willcock, and is producing the sort of attacking football that deserves bigger numbers coming through the gates.