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REPORT: Rams 2 Pickering Town 1

FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round Replay

Tuesday 27th November 2018

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 2 PICKERING TOWN 1

Attendance-117

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United and Pickering Town took to the field in this FA Trophy third qualifying round replay at The Riverside after a competitive, yet goalless meeting on Saturday knowing that the prize on offer would be a visit to Workington in the first round proper of this popular cup competition.

Both starting elevens showed just a single alteration from the weekend with Luke Thompson returning in central defence at the expense of Khalil Osi-Efa for the home side with Lund starting in place of the injured Bissett for the visitors.

The opening moments of the match began in lively fashion with Pickering almost taking the lead after just three minutes when a speculative attempt from around 25 yards by Taylor struck the woodwork with Ashton motionless, this would serve notice that the away side fancied making progress in a cup competition they were participating in for the first time.

With the contest having an open feel to it the Rams began putting some pressure on the Pickering goal but needed to be wary of the counter attack as the sprightly Pikes front line began the match in confident fashion despite drawing a blank in the initial tie at the weekend after creating numerous second half opportunities.

The deadlock would be broken on the quarter hour mark in favour of Ramsbottom United when a surging run from Eddie Moran gave the midfielder a chance to perfectly play the ball into the path of Nic Evangelinos who strode purposefully into the penalty box before sending an accurate left footed shot across Andrew and inside the far post to register the attackers fifth goal in the last four FA Trophy ties and seventh strike overall for the Rams.

With the confidence that the opening goal brought, the hosts set about looking to improve on their lead with some devilish deliveries from the cultured left foot of Tom Kennedy again proving a valuable weapon for the Rams, one such free kick finding the head of Luke Thompson but the popular defenders effort was scrambled to safety before he could add to his recent goal tally of scoring in his last two appearances prior to his enforced absence on Saturday.

Ramsbottom United began to look the more likely team to add to the score line with Eddie Moran testing Andrew with a low drive from the edge of the box just prior to the half hour mark before minutes later a blistering effort from a similar area from Jamie Rother left the Pickering stopper helpless but the ball thumped into the woodwork as the pressure began to build towards the visitors goal.

The complexion of the contest continued in the hosts favour towards the half time break with the surging runs of Kyle Jacobs adding to the Rams attacking threat. With around ten minutes of the first period remaining lively attacker Nialle Rodney almost doubled the home sides advantage when his well struck effort hit the goal frame for a second time in a matter of minutes as the chances began to increase for the hosts.

The final action of note arrived just before the interval when an excellent through ball to Ruben Jerome found the striker surging towards the edge of the penalty area before a Pickering defender was adjudged to have brought down the burly forward and the referee deemed that the incident had occurred fractionally outside the box so a free kick rather than a penalty was awarded. The resulting set piece was curled accurately around the assembled wall by Nialle Rodney before Charlie Andrew flung himself to his left to tip the goal bound effort wide as the Rams finished the half strongly.

As the half time whistle blew Pickering would perhaps have felt fortunate to not be more than a single goal in arrears as an impressive first 45 minutes from the Rams could easily have generated a bigger lead to enjoy had it not been for some good goalkeeping from the Pickering custodian and also the woodwork denying the hosts on more than one occasion.

The visitors made their first change of the evening at the break when Dalton replaced Barkway and almost immediately made a contribution as the recently arrived substitute was adjudged to have been fouled in an almost identical position where the Rams where awarded a free kick before the interval but this time the referee decreed in was inside the box and Blott confidently equalised from twelve yards to restore parity.

With Pickering on a run that had seen them lose just one of the last nine outings the equaliser didn't noticeably alter the pattern of the encounter as a couple of set pieces caused panic in the visitors defence with the ball refusing to be forced over the line as both Ryan Ellison and centre back partner Thompson were foiled as the Pikes battled to keep the contest level.

As the match progressed to the three quarters point it was Ramsbottom that were having the majority of the possession with the midfield trio of Donaldson, Moran and Jamie Rother working tirelessly as the hosts were looking the more likely team to create the decisive moment to win the tie but Pickering sporting what could only be described as an "interesting" pink coloured kit were still possessing a threat on the break without calling Sam Ashton into any serious action.

Despite having the better of the second period the Ramsbottom perhaps weren't at their fluent best but were still creating some noteworthy efforts with Jacobs and Moran firing efforts from distance off target but the visitors hadn't managed a shot of note on target since the leveller but as the game entered the final ten minutes both teams were fully aware that one defensive slip or a moment of quality could curtail their involvement in the competition.

Then, as the watch was ticking towards the ninety minute mark and with extra time looking more a probability rather than a possibility the pivotal moment of the contest arrived when a patient attack lead to Ruben Jerome firing an effort goalwards which was blocked by Andrew before the ball fell to Eddie Moran in the penalty area before the all action midfielders astute pass to the edge of the box found the marauding full back Kyle Jacobs whose thunderous right footed effort from 20 yards flew past Andrew and exploded into the back of the net for the defenders first goal in Rams colours.

With the last gasp goal fitting to win any match, the Rams repelled some late Pickering pressure as the visitors threw men forward in the hope of taking the contest into an extra thirty minutes whilst a well worked counter attack almost brought a third goal for the hosts as Rodney and Evangelinos linked up before the latter had an attempt that flew wide of the target.

Nevertheless, as the final whistle sounded Ramsbottom United progressed to the First Round proper of the FA Trophy for the first time since 2014 and a trip to the west coast of Cumbria awaits on the 15th of December with a narrow, yet deserved victory against a tough and well organised Pickering Town outfit and the Rams unbeaten run under Chris Willcock ticks onto a hugely impressive twelve matches.

Credit should be given to both teams as each contributed to a couple of competitive old fashioned cup ties played within a few days of each other which were full of effort, determination and very watchable football as perhaps in the end the Rams just deservedly edged out their opponents from North Yorkshire as momentum and anticipation builds ahead of this weekend’s visit of second placed Runcorn Linnets to the HWRS.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran ,Thompson, Ellison, Rodney,Rother, Jerome, Donaldson, Evangelinos

Unused Subs- Lugsden, Osi-Efa, Parker, Hart, Jarrett

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PREVIEW: Pickering Town (A) - FA Trophy

Having successfully seen off Southern League side Yaxley in the 2nd Qualifying round replay, the Rams head off to north Yorkshire for the 3rd Qualifying round tie at Evo-Stik East side Pickering Town.

Confidence will be high after the 5-1 hammering of the Cambridgeshire side on Tuesday, and once more, as well as making progress on the field, another useful cash windfall is on offer as the Rams meet their opponents for the first time.

Out of the side is Luke Thompson, suspended after his dismissal at Colwyn Bay last week, whilst Joel Bembo-Leta, Jamie Rainford and Kelvin Lugsden are all cup-tied. However, such is the strength of this new-look Rammy squad, their absence should easily be covered and a strong side is guaranteed to take the field against a side whose home league record this season is disappointing.

Currently sitting in 13th spot in the equivalent league east of the Pennines, Town have lost four and won just one at their Recreation Club home, whilst the Rams are currently on an eleven game unbeaten run. But, as with all cup games, form can fly out of the window, so the Rammy fans can do their bit to support the lads by turning up in numbers.

A coach will leave the ground at 10.15 on Saturday morning and the fare is the usual £12, which represents excellent value for the 200 mile round trip.

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LIVE BLOG: Yaxley (H)

Our match blog for tonight's FA Trophy tie with Yaxley is below

The blog will start with Adam Clark at around 7pm tonight!

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PREVIEW: Pickering Town (H) - FA Trophy Replay

After a hard-fought 0-0 draw in north Yorkshire on Saturday, these two Evo-Stik League sides, one from each of the East and West Divisions, will fight it all out again on Tuesday evening at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, with a slightly delayed 8.00pm kick-off.

The Rams are currently on a twelve match unbeaten run, with eleven since the arrival of new manager Chris Willcock, whilst Pickering themselves have only tasted defeat once in the last nine outings.

So both sides come into this one in good form, and despite the score-line on Saturday, it was a well-contested end-to-end match that could have gone either way.

The Rams are the only side still in the competition from the Evo-Stik West league and will be hoping to carry the flag into the next round as the sole representatives.

Any assumption that the easy part has already been done (drawing away and bringing them home) can be dispelled, as the “Pikes” have a better record on the road, so the Rams will have to be on top of their game to make progress.

Luke Thompson returns having completed a one-match ban following his sending off in the League game at Colwyn Bay. Red card suspensions do not apply to any specific competition, however, which is why he had to serve his ban seven days later, irrespective of the competition.

The prize for the winning side is the long trip to Workington, which I suspect would not have been high on the list of anticipated ties for either side, but it is what it is, and the Reds are not having the best of seasons one tier higher, so who knows.

Cup football can be very unpredictable!

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October Player of the Month - Nialle Rodney

PLAYER OF THE Month at Ramsbottom United for October, as voted for by the supporters, is newcomer NIALLE RODNEY.

Niall, who joined the club shortly after new Manager Chris Willcock, arrived from Wythenshaw Amateurs, having previously played in the Football League for Nottingham Forest and Bradford City.

In his three games during the month of October, he quickly made his presence felt, notching three goals, and he has become a firm favourite at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

He received his prize courtesy of Bowland Brewery, the Evo-Stik League’s Player-of-the-Month sponsor, before the FA Trophy replay against Yaxley, and within three minutes of the kick-off, put the Rams ahead from the penalty spot, on the way to a crushing 5-1 victory.



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PREVIEW: Yaxley (H) - FA Trophy Replay

Southern League strugglers Yaxley make the long journey up to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on Tuesday for the replay of this 2nd Qualifying round FA Trophy tie, after the two teams drew in Cambridgeshire last Tuesday.

The Rams know just what a journey it is between the two clubs, and Yaxley will certainly not be relishing the trip, especially on their current form which sees them sitting just outside the relegation places.

The Rams on the other hand, are now on a ten game unbeaten run, and the latest victory at Colwyn Bay on Saturday strengthened their fourth place position in Division One West.

The turnaround since Chris Willcock came in as manager has been quite amazing, and a run in the trophy not only builds this new look squads’ confidence, but also bolsters the club’s finances.

Pickering Town await the winners on Saturday, a ridiculously late decision for the north Yorkshire club, not helped by the intransigence of the FA regarding the complications behind this particular tie.

So whilst the Rams will go into the game looking to make progress, the visitors will be hoping to make the return journey to Peterborough as short as possible, and, amazingly, a return home with a victory usually does that. The Rams need to beware!

If the scores are level after 90 minutes, there will be an additional 30 minutes of extra time, followed if necessary by penalties, as the tie must be concluded on the night.

*PLEASE NOTE THIS GAME WILL KICK OFF AT 8PM*

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Live commentary of the match will be available on http://livesportsfm.co.uk/

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REPORT: Yaxley 2 Rams 2

FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round

Tuesday 13th November 2018

YAXLEY 2 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 2

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United embarked on a 300 mile round trip to Cambridgeshire on Tuesday evening to take on Evo Stik Southern league side Yaxley as the clubs FA Trophy adventure continued at the wonderfully named Leading Drove Ground.

The visitors showed just a single alteration to their starting eleven from their previous fixture at Prescot Cables a week ago with Anthony Donaldson replacing the cup tied Joel Bembo-Leto in midfield as the Rams looked to continue their excellent recent form of five successive victories in all competitions.

The hosts began the contest strongly as they looked to take advantage of home surroundings with the familiarity of the 3G surface and the visitors having to endure a punishing journey of over 3 hours conditions that were clearly in the home sides favour.

With barely a minute on the clock Yaxley almost made the ideal start when a quick breakaway lead to the first attempt at goal but the effort flew wide of the diving Sam Ashton and thankfully past the post.

Unfortunately Ramsbottom United would fall behind on the quarter hour mark when an incisive through ball from Butterworth sent Matt Sparrow running through one on one with Sam Ashton and the Cuckoo's leading scorer confidently notched his 12th goal of the campaign as the Rams conceded their first goal in 462 minutes.

Despite the early setback the visitors started to get more possession of the ball as they began to get to grips with the surface as the left sided duo of Kennedy and Evangelinos in particular linked up dangerously on a number of occasions but a series of crosses into the penalty area couldn't find a Ramsbottom United player and were repelled by the Yaxley rearguard.

The Rams fashioned their first shot on target with half an hour played when a neat passage of play gave Ruben Jerome the chance to test home stopper Sutton although the strikers effort from outside the area was comfortably gathered but confidence appeared to be growing as the game continued to be an open affair.

With half time approaching and with Yaxley holding a narrow advantage the travellers from Lancashire perhaps created their best opportunity to equalise when more good play down the left hand side gave Kennedy the chance to hit a low cross which Sutton mishandled and with Evangelinos on hand to send the ball goal wards an outstretched foot from a defender denied the visitors a chance to go into the break on level terms.

The early moments of the second period began with both sides trading efforts at goal with the tricky Anthony Donaldson shooting over the crossbar before the hosts replied with a couple of attempts of their own as both teams began the half with attacking intent.

Ramsbottom United then began to take control of the tussle as both Nialle Rodney and Kyle Jacobs linked up well down the right wing as the away side continued to have a threat down both flanks as the Rams began to threaten the hosts narrow load, indeed Ruben Jerome almost drew the sides level but his low drive looked to have beaten Sutton but the effort clipped the outside of the post.

Not to be denied Ramsbottom United drew level just before the hour point when a strong run to the byline from the twinkled-toed Rodney gave the wide man the chance to pick out the onrushing Jerome who side footed into the net from close range to give the striker his fourth goal in his last four matches.

With confidence clearly coursing through the team things would get even better for the Rams just five minutes later when an incisive breakaway gave the increasingly influential Rodney chance to run at the retreating Yaxley defence before passing to Donaldson whose clever flick found the unmarked Evangelinos and the recent recruit confidently slipped the ball past Sutton to notch his third goal in his last three outings and the game had been deservedly turned on its head in a scintillating five minute spell much to the delight of the hardy band of Rams supporters who had made the trip.

A point worthy perhaps worthy of note is that Ramsbottom United have scored two or more goals in seven out of the last eight outings, a stat which indicates the attacking prowess Chris Willcock's side are continuing to show since the recent appointment some six weeks ago.

Sadly one of footballs most well worn clichés came to fruition as no sooner had the Rams taken the lead than Yaxley won a free kick which was played into the visitors box from the left hand side and as the defence struggled to clear the ball fell kindly to home forward Tom Waumsley whose effort from ten yards found the back of the net to restore parity at two goals each.

The Rams were putting in an excellent second half showing with the hard working midfield duo of Eddie Moran an Jamie Rother putting in their usual high levels of commitment as the visitors continued to look a goal scoring threat and almost regained the lead on 73 minutes when a Tom Kennedy free kick found the head of our travel companion for the day Luke Thompson whose header across goal found Nialle Rodney six yards from goal but the header was straight at Sutton.

A series of corners and free kicks for the visitors couldn't bring any reward but Yaxley were by no means out of the equation and continued to threaten the Rams defence on the counter attack without seriously threatening Sam Ashton in the final ten minutes or so.

With time ticking away the Rams continued to push forward looking for the decisive fifth goal and as in recent weeks the team continued to look strong in the latter stages of matches and with almost the final action of the night the visitors almost claimed victory when another penetrating attack opened up the Yaxley defence and despite three players having efforts at goal none of them could scramble the ball home and the contest ended even at 2-2.

As the final whistle sounded at the end of an entertaining match the Ramsbottom United players, staff and fans showed their mutual appreciation for each others efforts on a difficult night in which most present would not be getting back home until around 1am.

The result would dictate that Yaxley will have to undertake the gruelling midweek trip to Lancashire as the two sides will reconvene for a replay at the Riverside Stadium next Tuesday night with the winners due to travel to Pickering Town in the next round of the competition.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran ,Thompson, Ellison, Rodney, Rother, Jerome, Donaldson (Rowe 88 mins) Evangelinos

Unused Subs- Osi-Efa, Jarrett, Foulds, Dwyer (GK)


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REPORT: Pickering Town 0 Rams 0

FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round

Saturday 24th November 2018

PICKERING TOWN 0 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0

Attendance 222

Report by Jon Haslam

Mill Lane was the destination on Saturday as Ramsbottom United ventured to North Yorkshire to take on Pickering Town for the first ever meeting between the two clubs in the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Trophy

Amazingly the Rams, who are the only representatives remaining in the competition from the Evo-Stik Western Division, have been drawn away from home in each of the last six Trophy ties and lined up with just one change from the midweek victory over Yaxley with Kahlil Osi-Efa slotting into central defence in the absence of the suspended Luke Thompson.

It was the visitors that began the contest positively with Nialle Rodney getting the first shot on target but Charlie Andrew in the home goal gathered with ease, the opening ten minutes belonged to the Rams as a number of early Tom Kennedy corners put the Pickering rearguard under pressure but ultimately without success.

The hosts weathered the strong start which is now becoming a feature of Chris Willcocks team and threatened for the first time when Ryan Blott's shot failed to trouble Sam Ashton but signalled the home sides intent to continue their recent run of good form which had seen the Pikes lose just one of their last eight outings in all competitions.

With a quarter of an hour played Pickering fashioned a chance to break the deadlock when leading scorer Blott headed over the bar from a cross from the lively Taylor as the encounter was developing into an intriguing tussle. The Rams replied shortly afterwards with a shot on goal on their own after excellent approach play between Kyle Jacobs and Anthony Donaldson around the penalty area gave Rodney a sight of goal but his attempt was again gathered by Andrew.

Pickering came closest to opening the scoring with 25 minutes played when Bissett crossed to the far post and with the Rams struggling to clear their lines the ball fell to Blott whose powerful effort thumped off the woodwork and bounced to safety much to the relief of the healthy contingent of Ramsbottom United supporters in attendance.

With around half an hour played the Pikes again served notice of their attacking threat when an incisive break away lead to two goal bound efforts being blocked by the hardworking Rams defence before the ball fell to Taylor whose attempt flew wide of the target as the home side looked to take the lead in a well contested tie.

The remaining minutes of the first period swung back in the Rams favour as the all action midfield of Moran, Rother and Donaldson looked to provide the ammunition to the in form attacking trident of Rodney, Evangelinos and Jerome. It would be the latter that would force Andrew into action with five minutes of the half remaining after a good lay off by Donaldson set up the forward but his attempt was pushed to safety by the home keeper.

With half time fast approaching Ramsbottom United created their clearest sight of goal when a defensive slip up in the Pickering defence was seized upon by Ruben Jerome but the unmarked strikers effort flew wide of the target as the half way point was reached with the deadlock yet to be broken in a 45 minutes in which the Rams arguably had the better of but the hosts offered enough attacking menace to suggest that the second period would be difficult to suggest which side would progress.

The second half began in a similar vein to how the first half ended with the visitors pushing forward as Rodney again fired towards goal in the opening moments but the effort sailed off target.

With less than ten minutes played in the second period perhaps the most contentious moment of the game occurred when a ball over the top of the Rams defence saw Sam Ashton run out of his penalty area to confront and make contact with the onrushing home attacker before the ball fell kindly to a Pickering player who lobbed the ball into an unguarded net but mercifully the referee had already blown his whistle for the initial foul therefore not playing the advantage much to the obvious annoyance of the home support, to add to their sense of frustration the resultant free kick cleared the crossbar.

As the game progressed Pickering looked to build some attacking momentum but the Rams, without being at their fluent best, still possessed enough in forward areas to keep the home defence on their toes, an example of which saw Donaldson thread a pass to Nic Evangelinos whose strong run and shot brought a diving save from Andrew at his near post.

With the Rams currently on an eleven game unbeaten run and averaging over 2.5 goals per game hopes were high that the visitors could make the breakthrough and attempts from Donaldson and Evangelinos again gave hope that the superb run would continue.

As the hour mark arrived Kieran Lugsden replaced the inventive Donaldson in midfield but it would be Pickering that would create and spurn a number of opportunities, the best of which brought Ashton into action with a low save before another shot flew into the side netting as Pickering looked to edge in front.

With three quarters of an excellent cup tie completed the away side responded when a surging run from the impressive Kyle Jacobs found the full back playing a one two before striding purposefully forward and hitting a low shot which Andrew blocked with his legs as the chances continued to be created.

After the earlier disallowed goal, the Rams were again grateful for the officials intervention at the midway point of the half when Pickering were denied the opener when a cross from the right wing was turned into the net by Greening but the linesman's flag curtailed the home sides celebrations as the match remained goalless.

The remaining twenty minutes provided a real test of the Rams defensive resilience as Pickering poured forward looking to avoid the need for a replay and the home supporters were again irked at the officials as a loud claim for a penalty was denied as the frustration levels increased.

As the minutes ticked away the home team created a number of chances as they sought to end the stalemate, the closest of which was a Logan header which struck the upright with Ashton helpless as the visitors stubbornly clung on in what was perhaps proving to be their most difficult ninety minutes since Chris Willcock took the reigns.

With the pressure increasing and the Rams unbeaten run under threat Pickering continued to search for what looked like being the deciding goal with set pieces also proving troublesome but with some resilient defending and wayward finishing from the home side the nerves amongst the travelling supporters were becoming progressively frayed.

The final opportunity of an enthralling tie came to Pickering when a through ball gave Blott a chance but his low angled attempt was blocked by the ever reliable Sam Ashton and as the final whistle sounded the Rams would perhaps feel a sense of relief that they had withstood a second half barrage whilst not being at their attacking best to earn a replay at the Riverside on Tuesday night where the winners will already know who their opponents will be in the First Round of the FA Trophy, a draw which includes the National League sides.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran ,Osi-Efa, Ellison,, Rodney(Rowe 87),Rother, Jerome, Donaldson(Lugsden 59), Evangelinos

Unused Subs- Hart,Jarrett,Parker

COMING UP: Monday 26th November FA Trophy 1st Round Draw 2pm Live on TalkSport 2

Tuesday 27th November FA Trophy Round3Q Replay RAMS v Pickering Town 7.45pm

Saturday 1st December Evo-Stik West RAMS v Runcorn Linnets 3.00pm

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FA TROPHY PREVIEW: Yaxley (A)

The Rams face a ridiculously long Tuesday trip to Cambridgeshire, to take on Peterborough-based Yaxley in the next round of the FA Trophy.

The kick-off has been put back by 15 minutes in case of traffic problems on the near 320 mile round trip. Having beaten Trafford away and Frickley Athletic away to reach this stage, a game on the road should hold no fears following further success away to Skelmersdale United (3-0) and much-fancied Prescot Cables (4-0) in the League.

Yaxley sit 16th in the Southern League Division One North, with 11 points from 12 league games, so the Rams make the journey south with much optimism that they can proceed to the 3rd Qualifying round, and along with that, continue to boost the clubs’ coffers, with no home game scheduled for the whole of November, although that could change should the game be drawn, as the replay would be at the HWRS on Tuesday 20th.

The winners of the tie will travel to etiher AFC Mansfield or Pickering Town on Saturday 24th November

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Leading Drove, Off Holme Road

Yaxley. Peterborough

PE7 3NA

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REPORT: Rams 5 Yaxley 1

Ramsbottom United made it 10 games unbeaten under new boss Chris Willcock and booked a place in the third qualifying round of The FA Trophy with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Yaxley in the second qualifying round.

Tricky left winger Nic Evangelinos grabbed his first hat-trick for the club on a brilliant Tuesday night for Rammy as their superb form continued.

The Rams made just one change to the side that won 1-0 at Colwyn Bay the previous Saturday, Joel Bembo-Leto was cup tied and he was replaced in the starting eleven by Ryan Ellison.

The Rams came straight out of the blocks as left winger Nic Evangelinos’s effort was saved smartly by Yaxley keeper Oliver Sutton.

Seconds later Evangelinos got his rewards for his earlier effort and was brought down in the box under a challenge from the Yaxley defender. Nialle Rodney tucked the ball home to give the Rams a perfect start.

The following minutes saw a flurry of chances at both ends. Yaxley number ten Daniel Cotton provided the biggest threat, cutting inside past Tom Kennedy yet only saw his chance fly over the bar.

Nialle Rodney and Anthony Donaldson both had chances to double the Rams lead. Against the run of play it was the visitors who struck the leveller. Cotton again proved troublesome down the right, his cross turned into the net by Rams centre back Luke Thompson.

Thompson's own goal was unfortunate for The Rams, coming at a time when the home side were dominant. Rodney, Donaldson, Ruben Jerome caused havoc throughout as the woodwork was struck more than a few times in the opening forty five minutes.

The Rams response was just what Willcock would have wanted, doubling their advantage ten minutes later. Evangelinos got his first of the night ten minutes later, his first attempt coming off the cross bar before firing home as Rammy retook the lead.

The killer goal came just on half time as the Rams pocket rocket Evangelinos got his name on the scoresheet again as Rammy went into half time with a two goal advantage.

HT: Ramsbottom 3-1 Yaxley

The second half was rather one sided as the home side began to turn the screw. Anthony Donaldson had the first attempt but Yaxley keeper Sutton was equal to it and saved the shot with ease.

The Rams could have had another shortly after, only for Nialle Rodney’s effort to be chalked off for offside.

Ramsbottom got a fourth on 61 minutes, Luke Thompson made amends for his first half mishap with a goal at the right end this time, heading home from a corner. The Rams number five was later subbed shortly after and will miss the game at Pickering due to suspension.

The men in blue made it five ten minutes later as Greek international Evangelinos got his third and Rammy's fifth of the game, converting a trio of goals and of course a hat-trick, something that hasn’t been seen in these parts for a while!

The Rams enjoyed a keep ball exercise in the final moments and as expected boss Willcock was rather pleased with his sides display.

‘The players have settled into the club very well, trying to take on board the philosophy I’m trying to encourage them to do and as you can see it’s working out very well on the pitch’.

Despite the current form, Willcock was rather reserved about the sides chances of a cup triumph.

‘To take the lads to Wembley will be a tough ask in this competition, a really difficult task when the conference and Conference North teams come into it’.

‘But can we take the team a couple more rounds, I'd like to think so, maybe if we can get a plumb tie then that would be a nice end to the competition’.

Should Nic Evangelinos continue to show this level of performance, anything is possible for this ever improving side.

Team vs Yaxley; Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran, Thompson (Osi-Efa 64') , Ellison, Rodney (Lugsden 77') , Rother, Jerome, Donaldson, Evangelinos (Jarrett 71')

Unused Subs: Rowe, Hart

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REPORT: Colwyn Bay 0 Rams 1

Evo-Stik West Division

Saturday 17th November 2018

COLWYN BAY 0 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 1

Attendance-248

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United continued their gruelling series of away fixtures with a visit to North Wales on Saturday afternoon to take on Colwyn Bay in what was their seventh game on the road from their last eight matches played.

The trip to the Welsh coast saw the Rams make one enforced alteration to the team that gained a creditable draw in Tuesday nights FA Trophy match against Yaxley with Joel Bembo-Leto replacing the suspended Ryan Ellison at the heart of the visitors defence.

The early exchanges of the match saw both trade attempts at goal with Nialle Rodney testing Coughlin and Pritchard for the home side replying with a low shot which Sam Ashton gathered comfortably.

Colwyn Bay began the tussle in a fairly confident manner utilising the width provided by Pritchard and Barrigan as the hosts looked to start the game positively, indeed the former was on the receiving end of a strong tackle from Anthony Donaldson on ten minutes which resulted in the first yellow card of the match for the Rams midfielder.

Ramsbottom began to look more dangerous as the half wore on and perhaps had a legitimate shout for a penalty as Nic Evangelinos appeared to have been brought down in the penalty area but referee Rooney waived away the pleas of the visitors.

With almost twenty minutes played the home side fashioned the clearest chance to open the scoring when a strong burst through midfield from McCready was halted by a strong challenge from Luke Thompson towards the edge of the penalty area but the ball fell kindly to Pritchard who shot wide of the target when well placed.

Both sides were looking to utilise the excellent playing surface in what was an even opening half hour for the crowd of 248 at Llanelian Road, despite the contest having an end to end feel about it neither team could fashion what could be described as a clear cut opportunity with defences having the better of their attacking counterparts.

Nialle Rodney was looking lively for the Rams as he appeared to have the beating of his full back but any crosses that were played into the Colwyn Bay penalty box were being dealt without too much alarm.

The hosts were forced into a substitution with ten minutes of the first period remaining as injury curtailed McCreadys increasingly influential promptings for Bay as Alex Downes, a Ramsbottom loanee from earlier in the season replaced the stricken schemer.

With the interval only minutes away Colwyn Bay manufactured the last noteworthy attempt of the half when a deep free kick found the head of Woods but his headed effort was easily gathered by Sam Ashton and as the referee brought a halt to proceedings the encounter was goal less at the midway point despite lots of endeavour from both teams.

The second period was only minutes old when Jamie Rother became the second Rams player to pick a caution as a strong tackle on Pritchard incurred the referees wrath. Ramsbottom United began strongly after the restart and efforts from Evangelinos and a stinging long range attempt from Rother brought former Wrexham goalkeeper Coughlin into action as the away side looked to apply some pressure on the home defence.

As the contest edged towards the hour mark the Rams were taking control of the match with Tom Kennedy becoming more and more influential as the minutes ticked by and on more than one occasion delivered a number of sublime crosses from both open play and set pieces that caused panic in the hosts defence but sadly the visiting forwards couldn't quite get on the end of.

The Rams made two substitutions in quick succession as firstly Bembo-Leto limped out the action on 61 minutes to be replaced in central defence by Khalil Osi-Efa before ex Colwyn Bay player Jamie Rainford took the place of the ever reliable and hard working Jamie Rother as Chris Willcock searched for the breakthrough.

With twenty minutes of the second half played the Rams did break the deadlock when, after a Kennedy corner had been cleared the ball found its way to Eddie Moran wide on the right touchline and the midfielder sent in a delicious cross which perfectly found the head of the onrushing Luke Thompson whose bullet header found the bottom corner of the net to give the fans favourite his third goal of the season.

The opening goal was really no more than the visitors deserved for their dominant second half showing and the lead could have been increased as Evangelinos and Rainford both had presentable efforts to add to the day trippers advantage.

Then with fifteen minutes remaining on the watch a potentially game changing incident occurred when a long goal kick from Bay goalkeeper caught out the Rams rearguard and with home striker Woods running through on goal and about to take a shot Luke Thompson brought down the forward and the referee had little choice but to issue a red card to the visitors goal scorer.

With a man advantage Colwyn Bay saw their opportunity to wrestle back the momentum and began to utilise their extra player cleverly putting the unfamiliar looking Rams defence under severe pressure, The first of a number of chances that fell to Colwyn Bay came on 81 minutes when ex Ram Downes forced an excellent save from Ashton before a succession of free kicks and corners gave the travelling supporters cause for concern as the slender lead was becoming increasingly at risk.

As the minutes ebbed away the hosts laid siege to Sam Ashtons goal, with some wayward finishing and heroic defending from the whole Ramsbottom side the hosts were becoming frustrated as the visitors repelled everything Colwyn Bay could throw at them.

With two of the four minutes of injury time signalled elapsed the Rams had one last scare to negotiate when a match winning double save from Sam Ashton denied Pritchard and Mendes in quick succession to ensure that after a resolute defensive display, ten men for the last 15 minutes and a reorganised defence it would be the visitors that would leave North Wales with all 3 points.

As the players and supporters celebrated a fine victory, the manner of the win encapsulates the growing confidence and team spirit this group of players and staff have generated in a short period of time.

After an unbeaten run of 10 matches in all competitions and a testing week which has seen the team travel over 500 miles in just a few days,the manner of this triumph must give all involved a huge amount of pride and confidence going into Tuesday nights FA Trophy replay against Yaxley at the Riverside.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Moran ,Thompson, Bembo-Leto (Osi-Efa 61 mins), Rodney, Rother (Rainford 64 mins) , Jerome, Donaldson, Evangelinos

Unused Subs- Rowe, Foulds, Hart

Category: Match Reports

REPORT: Prescot Cables 0 Rams 4

Evo-Stik West Division

Tuesday 6th November 2018

PRESCOT CABLES 0 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 4

Attendance: 243

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United made their second visit to Merseyside in four days as they took on high flying Prescot Cables on Tuesday night.

After a comfortable looking 3-0 win against Skelmersdale at the weekend the Rams arrived at Volair Park with just one change to their starting line as Jamie Rother replaced Anthony Donaldson as Chris Willcocks' charges went in search of their fifth consecutive victory against a Prescot outfit that had won all five of their home league games to date this season.

On a blustery evening the game began at a frantic pace with the hosts almost taking the lead in the opening minute when a strong run down the Rams right hand side gave leading scorer Almond a shot at goal but the effort narrowly crept wide of the far post to serve notice that the home side would provide a stern test to the visitors recent good run of form.

The opening exchanges of the contest suggested there may be goals and on nine minutes Ramsbottom United opened the goal scoring when a good passage of play through midfield lead to the ball being fed out to Nialle Rodney on the right edge of the Prescot penalty area, the tricky wide man cut inside full back Edgar before unleashing an explosive left footed effort that fizzed past Barnes in the home goal to register his fourth goal in five appearances and the Rams had taken the lead.

Moments later the lead was almost doubled when Nic Evangelinos cut inside and curled a superb effort towards the top corner before home keeper Barnes pulled off an excellent one handed flying save to keep the home side just one goal adrift.

With confidence coursing through the Rams team the home side were struggling to create any clear cut opportunities after their initial bright start, on twenty minutes the away side again almost added to their advantage when a Tom Kennedy corner perfectly found the head of Ryan Ellison but the ball ended up in Barnes midriff rather than the back of the net.

Ramsbottom United pushed forward confidently hoping to force home their superiority with the forward line causing Prescot numerous problems and with just over five minutes of the first half remaining the visitors doubled their lead when the tireless Ruben Jerome flicked the ball into the path of Evangelinos who outpaced his marker before sending a low shot underneath Barnes to give the recent arrival his second goal in two games.

As the referee blew his whistle the visitors were deservedly in front but had to be wary of a response from Prescot who wouldn't want to surrender their 100% home record without a battle.

Perhaps predictably the hosts began the second period with renewed vigour and won a number of corner kicks which the Rams defence repelled superbly protecting Sam Ashton in determined fashion. much to the frustration of the home faithful.

Then on 56 minutes, a moment that those present will remember for a long time. The Rams won a free kick midway in their own half which goal keeper Sam Ashton struck with the sole intention of shooting towards goal and with the wind behind him the ball flew over his opposite number Barnes who was on the boundary of his own penalty area and amazingly the ball bounced over his Prescot counterpart and into the net to give the Rams a sensational three goal lead. With the goal keeper being mobbed by his team mates and Volair Park is a state of shock the Ramsbottom United management team suggested that the attempt at goal was something that had been discussed at the interval, without doubt a sensational moment to witness.

Before the crowd had time to catch their breath the visitors amazingly scored a fourth goal when good play down the Rams right hand channel found the impressive Jamie Rother free on the corner of the penalty area and the midfielders low drive found the back of the Cables net to give the away side an unassailable lead.

Chris Willock then made all three changes with Rodney, Evangelinos and Jerome being replaced by Donaldson, Rainford and Rowe respectively as the Rams took the opportunity to rest some players ahead of a busy schedule.

The remaining twenty minutes of the encounter were played with a back drop of disbelief about what the crowd of 253 had witnessed but the home side continued to push forward and gave the Rams rear guard a testing period of time with goal scoring hero Sam Ashton called upon to make a couple of fine saves, one in particular stands out when a wide free kick looked destined for the top corner but the Rams custodian acrobatically tipped the effort over the bar.

Incredibly the Rams almost grabbed a fifth goal when good link up play between the substitutes Rowe and Rainford gave the latter a great chance to open his account for his new club but his effort struck the post. This wouldn't be the last of the chances as the hosts pushed forward hoping for a consolation goal but determined defending and a couple more routine saves from Ashton preserved the away sides clean sheet and in turn gave Ramsbottom their first league victory away from home on a Tuesday night since winning at Colne in October 2016.

As the final whistle brought an end to a outstanding team performance from the Rams in which it would be difficult and unfair to single out any particular individual for specific praise as all departments of the team performed superbly as the visitors ended Prescots impeccable home record and deservedly took the 3 points back to the Riverside Stadium with their fifth win on the trot, fourth consecutive clean sheet and a tally of fourteen goals scored in an unbeaten run now stretching to seven matches under Chris Willcock.

It is worth noting that the Rams have now not conceded a goal for 447 minutes whilst compiling a quite outstanding sequence of results and performances which has seen this hugely entertaining and very watchable team rise to fourth place in the league table.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Rother ,Thompson, Ellison, Rodney (Rainford 68 mins), Bembo-Leto, Jerome (Rowe 59mins), Moran, Evangelinos (Donaldson 68 mins).

Unused Subs- Osi Efa