Category: Match Reports

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: Atherton Colls (H)

After a run of away games throughout November and December, four home matches come along at once, and each one of them provides the Rams with quite a tester.

The first one, at home to table topping Radcliffe on Boxing Day, was successfully negotiated in front of more than 500 spectators, and a deserved three points were garnered after the 2-1 victory.

Hot on the heels of that one comes the arrival of third placed Atherton Collieries in what could equally be called a “derby game”.

Colls, in their second season in the league, have enjoyed a tremendous campaign so far, and have earned 40 points from their 20 games, notching up an impressive 48 goals, the joint highest in the division.

The Rams now find themselves in the play-off places, five points behind our visitors, but with a game in hand, so the incentive is there for a repeat of the Radcliffe result.

Hopefully, many of the neutrals who enjoyed what was a great advert for non-league football on Boxing Day, will return and another healthy attendance should be expected as the Rams continue to build on this impressive run of just one defeat in eighteen games.

With another side pushing for promotion, Leek Town, due in town on Saturday, followed by one of the biggest games in the club’s history – the FA Trophy 2nd round game at home to Weymouth – the week after, this is very much a defining three weeks in the history of Ramsbottom United.

These games are there to enjoy, and hopefully the visit of Atherton Colls will provide much to savour as a season that began in more hope than expectation has now been turned on it’s head.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

We'd like to wish everyone associated with Ramsbottom United FC a very Merry Christmas & all the best for the festive period





First Team manager Chris Willcock & his players and staff also wished everyone a Merry Christmas "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the Chairman, Board of Directors, supporters, volunteers and juniors from the Management and First Team Players"

Photo below of the Players & Coaching Staff in their Christmas Jumpers




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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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DERBY DAY PREVIEW: Radcliffe (H)

What a festive treat this one is!!!

Fixtures between the two local neighbours are always eagerly anticipated, but this time round the anticipation levels have gone through the roof.

This is the Evo-Stik West’s game of the day between two teams in superb form.

For our visitors Radcliffe, this is a total transformation of what has been endured over recent seasons.

Instead of a struggle against relegation, the “Borough” find themselves entering the Christmas period top of the pile, and deservedly so.

They began the campaign with an eyebrow-raising seven successive wins, and whilst late September and October saw that encouraging start begin to evaporate, the turnaround since the beginning of November has seen a return to their early season form.

They arrive at the HWRS on the back of seven successive league victories, a run that has seen them catapulted to the top of the division.

Meanwhile, since the appointment of Chris Willcock in early October, our reshaped squad have been in pretty impressive form ourselves.

Just one defeat in eighteen, and that in rather controversial circumstances, have seen the Rams climb from the bottom half of the table to just outside the play-offs, as well as creating a new club record by progressing to the 2nd round proper of the FA Trophy.

It all adds up to a fascinating contest, which hopefully will attract a bumper gate for this Boxing Day feast.

Both sides deserve support for what have been two tremendous runs of form, and to predict the outcome of this one is almost impossible.

All we can hope for is a cracking game and an excellent atmosphere as we shake off the over-indulgence of Christmas day.


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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: Rams 2 Radcliffe 1

Ramsbottom inflicted local rivals Radcliffe to their first away defeat of the season in an action packed boxing day cracker at The Harry Williams Riverside stadium they came from behind to beat the league leaders 2-1 as Chris Willcock saw his side go fifth in the league courtesy of the derby day triumph.

Rammy were unchanged from the side that beat Market Drayton 3-1 as they took on the league leaders who came into the game on the back of seven consecutive victories in the league.

The home side began the game on the front foot and had the opening attempt of the game with Tom Kennedy drawing an early save out of Radcliffe keeper Ollie Martin before Anthony Donaldson’s shot flew over the bar.

Yet it was table toppers Radcliffe who took the lead after twenty minutes. Out on the right Tunde Owolabi met an expertly threaded through ball which split the Rams defence, where his own cutback found Radcliffe striker Ben Wharton who slid the ball past Sam Ashton to hand the visitors an early advantage.

Rammy didn’t let the early goal affect them and bounced back with efforts of their own. Donaldson’s attempt was expertly saved by Martin and on the rebound Evangelinos was denied a leveller by the men in yellow who somehow managed to clear the ball off the line.

Jamie Rother also tried his luck from distance only for his shot to rattle off the underside of the crossbar, then Eddie Moran failed to find any blue shirts with an ambitious cross of his own when in space from an Evangelinos pass.

However Rammy’s patience was to pay off moments later when Jamie Rainford rounded Martin to slot home the home sides equaliser on the stroke of half time. A route one ball from the Rams back line was too hot to handle for any Boro defender and Rainford provided much needed joy for the home crowd heading into the half time break.

HT: Rammy 1-1 Radcliffe

The second half began in bullish fashion with Radcliffe carving out the opening attempt. A mix up in The Rams back line was picked up by Wharton yet Sam Ashton was there to keep the Radcliffe striker at bay.

The home side were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position shortly after, where set piece wiz Tom Kennedy didn’t fail to disappoint and took advantage with an expertly taken free kick to put the home side in front on the hour mark for the first time in the match.

Ramsbottom continued to assert their dominance as the half wore on and had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Anthony Ball as crowded goal mouth scramble ensued in the box. The ball then broke to Kennedy whose was deflected wide for a corner where Luke Thompson’s header was again cleared off the line as Rammy pushed for a third goal. Again wide appeals that the ball had already crossed the line were waved away by the linesmen. On his home debut, Richard Brodie could also have scored with a header.

Another opportunity for a third goal came and went in the eighty-ninth minute. The ball fell came to Rainford but fluffed his lines when he could have done better. Brodie again came into the action yet saw his chance blocked.

But The Rams were able to see out several minutes of stoppage time without much trouble and send the home faithful out of the gates with wide smiles on their faces.

FT: Rammy 2-1 Radcliffe

Manager Willcock had much to cheer about following the victory as he reflected on the win.

‘I thought the win was well deserved. On chances created I though it was well deserved, we were by far the better team over the 95 minutes and the response to going a goal down was superb, it just goes to show the strength and character of the team at the moment’.

The attendance of 511 was the highest seen in these parts since March 2016 and easily the highest this season by a mile to which Chris remarked.

‘What the fans have seen today is a great advert for the Evo-Stik League at the right end of the table’. What we have seen from Ramsbottom is a team on the progression. If I lived in Ramsbottom it would be a no-brainer for me to come and watch this side play, there is no doubt we’re a team in progression’.

Rams: Ashton, Kennedy, Ellison, Moran, Thompson, Kelvin Lugsden, Rainford, Rother, Jerome (Brodie 72'), Donaldson (Kieran Lugsden 90'), Evangelinos.

Unused subs - Osi-Efa, Bembo-Leta, Jacobs.

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Richard Brodie signs for the Rams

Ramsbottom United have snapped up former Football League striker RICHARD BRODIE to strengthen their squad after the nasty injury to Nialle Rodney during the FA Trophy victory over Workington stripped them of an important member of the team.

Brodie comes with a fine pedigree, having begun his career in his native north-east with Whickham and Newcastle Benfield.

His goalscoring exploits alerted York City who signed him in January 2007 and in the next three and a half seasons, Brodie notched 68 goals for the Minstermen as well as experiencing two trips to Wembley.

A move to Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee followed, and he helped lift the Sussex club into the Football League.

Playing for a number of clubs since, including the likes of Fleetwood Town, Morecambe, Grimsby Town, Hereford United, Southport and Stockport County, the Rams signed the 31 year old striker ahead of their 3-1 win at Market Drayton Town, where he made his debut for the club, coming on as a second half substitute, thus moving back to play his football in his now-native north west after a spell in the midlands with Southern League Rushall Olympic.




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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

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LIVE BLOG: Radcliffe (H)

Our match blog for today's Big Boxing Day Derby League Fixture with Radcliffe is below

The blog will start with Adam Clark at around 2pm this afternoon !

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