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REPORT: Glossop North End 0 Rams 5

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 19th January 2019

GLOSSOP NORTH END 0 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 5

Attendance: 256

Report by Adam Clark

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

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

1st HALF

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

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

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

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

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

HALF TIME GNE 0 Rams 1

2nd HALF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FULL TIME GNE 0 Rams 5

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

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

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

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

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



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REPORT: Rams 2 Weymouth 2

Ramsbottom live to fight another day in FA Trophy courtesy of a last-gasp header courtesy of super sub Iyrwah Gooden. Trailing 2-1 deep into added time, up came the on-loan Mansfield striker to head home a precious equaliser and for the first time in the clubs history, The Rams will be in the competitions Third Round draw.

Four changes were made to the side held by Leek Town the previous week. The Rams had lost Ruben Jerome to suspension and Jamie Rainford was cup-tied. Anthony Donaldson and Kieran Lugsden took to the bench as Khalil Osi-Efa, Kyle Jacobs, Simon Woodford and Jason Carey came into the starting eleven.

In the opening minutes, Jacobs headed wide of the post from a deep Nic Evangelinos cross before Woodford failed to make solid contact on the ball when in ideal space from a corner.

Despite playing some wonderful football, Rammy fell behind in the 37th minute by conceding a sloppy set piece goal. A Weymouth attacker was toppled under a rather wild challenge from Luke Thompson, handing the visitors a rare attempt at goal. It proved to be a turning point as Weymouth’s number six Jake McCarthy met a pin point cross by play maker Brandon Goodship. The goal sent Weymouth into the break with a narrow advantage, although on another day it could well have been a very different story.

Not wanting to see their Cup run come to an end, Ramsbottom came out fighting in the second half, yet had Sam Ashton to thank for keeping the Weymouth goal total at just the one. Ashton denied Calvin Brooks from a tight angle, before making a smart stop to deny the ever impressive Goodship for Weymouth. Evangelinos was always a threat for the Rams yet could not find a way past Thomas down at the oppositions end.

All was to change in the 68th minute though, Evangelinos again putting his name to the scoresheet. A low clever corner ball by Kennedy was turned in by the left winger who continually shows what an important figure he is in this Rammy side.

Cup competitions are well known for their drama and this tie provided it’s own nail-biting moments for both teams. In the final stages either side could have easily been victorious. Eddie Moran beat the offside trap when through on goal but couldn’t quite get round Thomas to slide the ball into an empty net. Within seconds Weymouth surged forward and thought they had navigated their way through a difficult away tie when front man Brooks put his side back in front again with a neat finish tucked away past Ashton.

Yet Ramsbottom do not know when they are beaten and continued to press for an equaliser. Thompson made an ambitious run into the opposing box but came up short when directing his header goalwards as the Rams looked to at least take the game back down to the South Coast. In the dying moment of injury time up stepped Gooden to convert a Kennedy cross into a crowded penalty area to bring the scores level and secure a replay for Rammy on Tuesday night.

At the close of play, manager Chris Willcock was again proud of his sides efforts, yet was wary of the fact Ramsbottom could have won it with the chances created. “I’ve got the upmost admiration for the lads. They’ve given everything today and we live to fight another day, just. I have had some dramatic moments in my managerial career and this is another one.

We’ve trained Tuesday and Thursday this week and for large periods the lads have implemented our game plan well”. The Replay on Tuesday at Weymouth may cause a few problems regarding travel and work arrangements because after all, non-league players are not full time professionals, Ramsbottom United included.

On this issue Willcock remarked. “I think all the management team will be able to supplement the bench’ he chuckled with a wry smile on his face. “We’re more than looking forward to going back to Weymouth. Going there can only inspire you from a playing prospective. “There are some big teams left in the draw at the moment but we will see what Tuesday brings. These last four games for Rammy have been huge and the fans have been tremendous every time”.

Rams: Ashton, Kennedy, Ellison (Gooden 45’), Moran, Thompson, Woodford, Osi-Efa, Rother, Carey (Slew 64’), Jacobs, Evangelinos unused subs: Donaldson, Lugsden, Slew, Parker

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REPORT: Rams 1 Leek Town 1

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 5th January 2019

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 1 LEEK TOWN 1

Attendance-220

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United took to the field at the HWRS on Saturday afternoon to take on an in form Leek Town outfit looking to respond after their New Year's Day defeat at the hands of Atherton Collieries.

The home side showed three alterations to their previous match with Ryan Ellison, Tom Kennedy and Ruben Jerome making the starting eleven at the expense of Kyle Jacobs,Joel Bembo-Leto and Richard Brodie respectively as the hosts completed a tough run of three home matches which has seen the Rams take on opponents above them in the league standings.

It would be the high flying visitors from Staffordshire that would create the first effort on goal, when, in the opening minutes Aaron Bott found himself in space but his curling shot sailed wide of the target as the away side looked to extend their impressive run of six league matches unbeaten.

The Rams then worked their way into the contest from an attacking perspective and responded with Ruben Jerome bringing a routine save from Roberts in the Leek goal as the home side sought to make Leek Towns first ever league visit to the Riverside an uncomfortable experience.

With just over a quarter of an hour played of a fairly even contest the Rams made the breakthrough when a cross from Ryan Ellison found the bald pate of Eddie Moran and the midfielders well directed header met up perfectly with the forward run of Jamie Rother who controlled the ball well before confidently finishing a well worked move with a low right footed drive which beat Roberts in the visitors goal to give the Rams all action schemer his third goal of the season.

As the encounter continued the referees whistle was as prominent a participant as any of the players on view as free flowing football was limited and as the league table prior to kick off showed this meeting had all the makings of a tight contest between two teams pushing towards the higher reaches of the standings.

The home side looked to take confidence from the early lead with the tricky Nic Evangelinos and the metronomic Eddie Moran causing the visitors defence some problems with their positive runs as the hosts looked to extend their lead as they took control of the middle third of the first period.

With just over a third of the match played and the Rams narrowly in front the visitors fashioned two efforts in quick succession from Leek forward Robert Stevenson, his first effort being a neat turn and shot which fractionally missed the target before a 20 yard pile driver looked to have beaten Sam Ashton in the home goal but clipped the top of the crossbar before bouncing to safety much to the relief of all associated with the Rams.

As the half time interval was only minutes away a potentially significant incident occurred as the home side were reduced to ten men when referee Stuart Morland issued a red card to Ramsbottom United forward Ruben Jerome for a petulant off the ball incident with Leeks Jack Sanders, to add to the frustrations the ball wasn't in play at the time but the official decreed that the forwards reaction was deserving of a sending off much to the dissatisfaction of the home crowd.

Despite being a man down the hosts almost doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time when a bustling run from the industrious Jamie Rainford took him past two visiting defenders before getting a sight of goal but the goal bound attempt was blocked by Roberts in the visitors goal.

Both sides returned after the interval unchanged and perhaps unsurprisingly Leek took the early initiative as they looked to take advantage of their extra man and continue their recent run of form which shows the side from Harrison Park at the top of the seemingly increasingly referred to "form table".

With almost ten minutes played of the second period played the day trippers were quite literally handed a way back into the match when young Rams midfielder Anthony Donaldson was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area and a spot kick was awarded which Aaron Bott converted by sending Sam Ashton the wrong way and the scores were level.

Within minutes of the equaliser being scored Chris Willcock made a double change with Kyle Jacobs and Kieran Lugsden replacing the unfortunate Donaldson and goal scorer Rother as the hosts looked for fresh legs in the midfield area as with over 30 minutes remaining the home side would need to remain steadfast in their defensive duties to keep their high scoring opponents at bay.

As time ticked along Ramsbottom were finding it difficult to sustain any attacks of note as Leek enjoyed the majority of the territorial advantage as they looked to utilise the width of the pitch to disrupt the home sides defensive organisation but with the Rams rearguard in resolute form the irrepressible Luke Thompson and impressive Kelvin Lugsden were doing a fine job of protecting Sam Ashton between the sticks.

With clear goal scoring chances at a premium and three quarters of the contest played a shot from Leek forward Stevenson from the edge of the penalty area was blocked en-route towards goal and brought claims of another handball but referee Morland thankfully rebuffed the requests for a second spot kick for the visitors.

As the minutes ticked towards the final quarter of an hour both sides utilised their bench with Richard Brodie replacing Ryan Ellison for the Rams as they bravely went with two forwards on the pitch looking to give the Leek defence some difficulties in the time that remained.

The tactical change seemed to have the desired effect as Leek became ever more desperate to nick the points and continued to push players forward whilst the hosts began to retain possession of the ball and in winning a couple of free kicks gave the home support hope that the Rams could perhaps pinch an unlikely victory with the expert delivery of set pieces from Tom Kennedy a weapon which has been utilised to great effect in recent weeks.

The remainder of the match was fairly well balanced with neither side creating the chance that would ultimately secure the win, Jamie Rainford had a promising effort blocked for the Rams before Leek had the final effort of the game when substitute Hall fired a half volley over the bar with almost the final kick of the match and both sides shared the spoils in a hard fought contest.

Ramsbottom United showed plenty of team spirit and togetherness to battle for over 50 minutes with ten men to gain a well earned point against an in form and high flying Leek Town side that comfortably beat the Rams 4-0 in mid September which shows how far the side has progressed in recent months losing only two matches in the twenty played since Chris Willcocks arrival in early October.

The Rams now sit in seventh position in the league and just outside of the play off places but the last three matches have shown that the side are more than capable of competing against the teams towards the top of the league and a play off place is more than attainable by the seasons end but thoughts now turn to Saturdays historic FA Trophy Second Round tie against Weymouth at The Riverside Stadium.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Ellison (Brodie 69mins), Moran ,Thompson, Kelvin Lugsden, Rainford, Rother (Jacobs 57mins), Jerome, Donaldson (Kieran Lugsden 57 mins), Evangelinos.

Unused Subs- Osi-Efa, Bembo-Leto


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PREVIEW: Glossop North End (a)

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

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

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

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

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

It has all the potential to be a real cracker!



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FA TROPHY DRAW NEWS

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

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



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PREVIEW: THE BIG ONE! - Weymouth (H)

All eyes will be on the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Saturday as RAMSBOTTOM UNITED create their own piece of history.

The Rams have successfully negotiated eight matches to progress to the 2nd round proper of the prestigious FA Trophy (Non-League’s equivalent of the FA Cup)

This is the farthest the club have ever ventured in the competition, and are now in the last 32 of a competition that encompasses the top four levels of English non-league football, that’s 228 teams, with the lure of a Wembley final coming ever closer.

The Rams are now the sole representatives of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League and it’s three Divisions, so the fortunes of the League are resting on their shoulders.

The visitors to the HWRS on Saturday are Southern League Premier South Division side Weymouth, whose visit to east Lancashire will require a round trip of 550 miles – the furthest side the Rams have played in their 53 year history.

Weymouth are riding high in their division, and looking to regain a place in the National League South, having previously played at that level, as well as gracing non-league’s top division in the recent past.

The Terra have lost just three league games all season, whilst the Rams have tasted just two defeats in their last twenty one games.

It promises to be a mouth-watering clash, so fans are asked to turn up early for what should be a highly entertaining game.

Admission Prices - Adults £8 / Concessions £4 / Under 12 with Adult £1



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PREVIEW: Leek Town (H)

The Rams will be hoping that their first home meeting with Leek Town is better than their first away meeting, The Rams are only facing Leek for the second time in clubs’ history and they will want to forget the game at Harrison Park in Mid-September, as they lost 4-0. There’s been a lot a change at the club since the first meeting between the two sides, Mark Fell left and Chris Willcock was appointed in October

Chris suffered his second defeat as Rammy boss on New Year’s Day when they lost to second place Atherton Collieries who themselves are now on a 4 game unbeaten run. Chris said to our media team post-match that “We’ve had a couple of bad days in 18 games but recently we’ve been very good. We’re in a good position and there’s still plenty of points to play for. “The last time we conceded three goals, we went three games without conceding. Let’s look for the same response again”

The visitors Leek Town are the leagues in form team as the sit top of the form table as they are unbeaten in 6 games, The Rams will be looking to stop it stretching to 7 games as the players & staff of the Rams will be looking to climb back into the play off places with a win against play off rivals Leek Town, a win for the Rams would see them back into the Top 5 and Leek drop out of it.

Ryan Ellison will be available again after suspension. Chris Willcock’s will carry onto manage Ruben Jerome & Tom Kennedy who missed the game last time out through injuries.

The Rams will be looking to get back to winning ways after a defeat on Tuesday so, why not get down to the HWRS and support your local team…


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RAMS’ DECEMBER PLAYER OF THE MONTH

The Ramsbottom United Player of the Month for DECEMBER as voted for by the clubs supporters was captain, and former Leicester City, Barnsley, Rochdale and Bury defender TOM KENNEDY.

Tom was presented with his award and a case of beer from the League’s sponsors BOWLAND BREWERY ahead of the League game against Leek Town, by young Rammy supporter MATTHEW FRAMPTON.




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REPORT: Weymouth 1 Rams 3 - Rams make history!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What a night for Ramsbottom United!

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

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REPORT: Rams 0 Atherton Colls 3

Ramsbottom suffered a disappointing start to 2019 as they were beaten 3-0 by Atherton Colls in an afternoon to forget for Chris Willcock’s men.

Goalless at halftime, the visitors ran out convincing winners in the second 45 with Conor Gaul, Tom Bentham and Ben Conway all scoring for Colls meaning The Rams ended the day outside the play off places in The Evo Stik West division.

The home side made three changes to the side that beat Radcliffe on boxing day. Ryan Ellison missed the game through suspension whilst Tom Kennedy and Ruben Jerome also started the game on the bench. Joel Bembo-Leta, Kyle Jacobs and Richard Brodie all came into the side in Ramsbottom’s first game of The New Year.

Rammy were the dominant side of the first half, yet struggled to create many clear cut chances that threatened Colls keeper Ollie Martin. After a quiet opening 20 minutes, Ramsbottom’s number seven Jamie Rainford hit the bar with a wild shot from outside the box, before striker Brodie saw his effort blocked by Martin to keep the match all square.

As the half wore on, the men in blue continued to find openings at goal, with Nic Evangelinos the driving force from the left. The Rams number 11 went on several weaving runs at goal, yet his efforts on goal failed to match his hopeful runs as he skewed his efforts wide. Brodie again failed to hit the target when in behind the Atherton back line, deciding to pull the trigger when Jamie Rother was in a much favourable position alongside the number nine. At the other end, Atherton also struggled to create any real chances of their own as the sides went back to the dressing room with the game at nil apiece.

The visiting side came out of the blocks the quickest in the second half with Colls number seven Ben Hardcastle immediately causing problems for the Rammy back line, drawing a decent stop from Sam Ashton.

Shortly after Atherton took the lead. A cross field ball from out wide was briefly cut out by centre back Bembo-Leta, yet fell straight to Conor Gaul who sent the away fans into loud cheers with an effort that flew past Ashton in the home goal.

Rammy hit back and gave a good response to Gaul’s goal moving the ball nicely in and around the box, however couldn’t find a leveller. Instead Atherton doubled their advantage on the sixty fifth minute mark, their second goal coming largely against the run of play.

Sub Kennedy took a throw in on the left hand side of the pitch, yet his throw was mis-controlled at the back leaving Bentham to take full advantage, seeing off Ashton and leaving the home side with a real mountain to climb heading into the final stages of the game.

Atherton could have made it three shortly after, Hardcastle’s shot was blocked and cleared off the line denying the striker Atherton’s third goal. But Rammy were less fortunate in the 78th minute as sub Conway made sure Colls would be leaving The Riverside with all three points, firing a shot from outside the area which secured the victory and consequently, subjected Willcock to his second defeat as manager.

The Rams could have bagged a consolation goal in the final few minutes. Brodie managed to wriggle his way around The Colls backline, yet as with Colls effort at the other end, his shot was cleared off the line, this time by Atherton full back Connor Smith. The chance summed up Ramsbottom’s frustrating day.

The events of the second half clearly disappointed Willcock, however stayed positive when discussing the long term hopes for the team. “First half I thought we edged it, we had the shot which hit the cross bar (Rainford’s shot). They didn’t really trouble us, Sam’s had nothing to do. “But I thought we defended poorly for the first goal but the second can happen at any time. We had time to get something out of the game at two down, but Atherton saw the game out well”.

On making three changes before the game. “The changes were forced on us. Jerome has had a hamstring problem and also Kennedy with facial trouble that we can’t do anything about, but they’ve been very good for us so far this season.

“We’ve had a couple of bad days in 18 games but recently we’ve been very good. We’re in a good position and there’s still plenty of points to play for. “The last time we conceded three goals, we went three games without conceding. Let’s look for the same response again”.

Ramsbottom United: Ashton,Kelvin Lugsden, Jacobs, Moran, Thompson, Bemba-Leta (Kennedy 65’), Rainford, Rother, Brodie, Donaldson (Kieran Lugsden 60’), Evangelinos

Subs not used: Osi-Efa,Jerome, Foulds