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PREVIEW: Tadcaster Albion (A)

The Rams recent impressive run will face a stern test in north Yorkshire as they travel up to meet Tadcaster Albion.

Tadcaster are currently two places and three points behind the Rams, but with two games in hand.

Like Ramsbottom, their home form has been good, losing just once and drawing once whilst winning the other five games.

The east Lancashire side’s away form shows two victories, one draw and three defeats, so the odds would appear to favour a home win, but the recent results have been pretty impressive for the Rams, with two emphatic home wins over City of Liverpool (5-0) and Marske United (5-1), before which was a fine away win at Prescot Cables and a draw at home to Runcorn Linnets in a game that should really have yielded another three points.

That run has allowed Chris Willcock’s side to rise from mid-table into the play-off positions in what is turning into a fascinating league table, with no team running away with things.

So a trip over the Pennines looks like providing an entertaining clash with both sides eager to secure all three points and consolidate their places in those play-off spots at worst in what looks like being a terrific campaign.

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PREVIEW: Dunston (A)

It’s a trip into the unknown as the Rams make the long journey to the north-east to meet Gateshead-based Dunston for the first time.

Having gained promotion from the Northern League last season, Dunston have been ham-struck by the number of games that have been called off, and so far have managed to complete just eight league fixtures, leaving them at a deceptive 18th position with just eight points gained.

Of those games played, just three have taken place at their UTS Stadium with a win, draw and defeat the outcomes.

The Rams travel up with a confidence in their step. A disappointing one point garnered from their home draw with Runcorn Linnets last Saturday really should have been all three, but a further three points were gained at Prescot Cables on Tuesday night, so the trip to the north east should hold no fears.

The Rams squad seems to have settled down just recently with performances reflecting that, and with the top half of the table very tight, hopes for a further three points will be high.

Like the hosts, the Rams have games in hand, but not as many, and currently sit in ninth position with 20 points from the twelve matches played.

The League looks like being extremely competitive this time round, so another three points on the road would be very welcome.

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NEW DATES FOR THE RAMS!

After a number of postponements due to a mixture of cup games and the weather, Ramsbottom United’s outstanding games have now been rearranged.

The away game at Prescot Cables, postponed on 9th November due to Cables appearance in the FA Trophy, is now scheduled to take place next Tuesday, 19th at Hope Street with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The home game against City of Liverpool will be the following Tuesday, 26th November again with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The away game at Colne, who played Gateshead in the FA Cup on the original date of 19th October, has now been added for Tuesday 10th December (7.45pm), whilst we go into the new year for the remaining two league fixtures.

Tadcaster Albion travel to the HWRS on Saturday 8th February, whilst Saturday 7th March sees the Rams making the journey up to Kendal Town.

That just leaves the much-postponed Integro Cup match at the HWRS against Bamber Bridge to be rescheduled.

FULL LIST OF RESCHEDULED FIXTURES:

Tuesday 19th November - Prescot Cables v RAMS 7.45pm

Tuesday 26th November - RAMS v City of Liverpool 7.45pm

Tuesday 10th December - Colne v RAMS 7.45pm

Saturday 8th February - RAMS v Tadcaster Albion 3.00pm

Saturday 7th March - Kendal Town v RAMS 3.00pm

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FORMER SHAKER SIGNS FOR THE RAMS!

Ramsbottom United manager Chriis Willcock has drawn on the experience of former Bury midfield player RICHIE BAKER as he attempts to get the Rams’ season back on track after a much-disrupted campaign so far.

Already behind with League and League cup matches, with plenty still to play for, the experienced former Football League player joins his former Bury team-mate Tom Kennedy at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

Richie began his career at Manchester United before signing for Preston North End.

In 2006 he moved to Gigg Lane where he established himself as a regular in the team, making 107 appearances for the Shakers and notching six goals.

In 2010, he had a brief spell with Oxford United, before joining National League side Barrow.

He has also played for Tamworth, Stockport County, AFC Fylde, FC United of Manchester, Curzon Ashton, and most recently Colne.



Joining Baker is defender RICK PETERS, who has moved from NWCFL side Congleton Town. The 27 year old has previously played for Irlam and Maine Road.




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PREVIEW: Marske United (H)

The Rams fine form of late will undergo a thorough examination when Marske United come to town.

Impressive successive victories away to Prescot Cables (2-1) and at home to City of Liverpool (5-0) followed a 1-1 draw with Runcorn Linnets in a game that should have seen the Rams collect another three points.

Manager Chris Willcock’s readjusted squad now appears to be hitting the sort of form that they enjoyed last season, and the team currently lie in eighth position with 23 points from 13 games in a Division that is as tight as anyone can remember for many a year.

Visitors from the north east, Marske United are just one point ahead but sit as high as third, and with a couple of games in hand, could well rise to the summit.

They have only suffered one league defeat all season, so should prove a tough test for a team currently buoyant after the thrashing of City of Liverpool on Tuesday night.

It promises to be a tight affair, but with both teams on top of their game, should prove to be a highly entertaining match worthy of a good turn-out from the supporters.

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PREVIEW: Prescot Cables (A)

The Rams make the relatively short trip over to Merseyside to take on old foes Prescot Cables at Volair Park.

Many a game has been contested between these two sides, initially in the North West Counties League, but of late in the Northern Premier League.

The Rams with a tweeked squad of late, returned to League action last Saturday when they came behind at home to Runcorn Linnets, with a Nic Evangelinos goal ensuring a share of the spoils. In reality, it was almost one-way traffic in the second half, but the hosts could not find the finishing touch to grab a deserved three points.

Back in the starting line-up tomorrow could be Reuben Jerome, who completed his three-match ban on Saturday.

Cables had a blank day, with the heavy rain washing out their visit to Pontefract Collieries, and las played last Tuesday when a home defeat against the afore-mentioned Linnets saw the Cheshire side progress in the FA Trophy.

There is usually nothing much between the two teams and current league placings suggest another tight encounter.

Cables sit in 8th place with 20 points from 13 games, whilst the Rams are two places and three points behind, but have two games in hand.

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Integro Cup Game Postponed

Our Integro Cup tie on Tuesday 19th November against Bamber Bridge has been postponed due to Bamber Bridge's County Cup involvement.

A new date will be announced in due course.

Our next game is against Runcorn Linnets at HOME on Saturday Kick off 3pm



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PREVIEW: Marine (H)

It’s back to the bread-and-butter of League action as the Rams welcome Marine to the HWRS.

The home side will be looking to extend their 100% home league record against a side that has won two and lost two on the road.

Marine, who were relegated last season for the first time in their 125 year history, arrive in fourth spot in the table with 19 points from their ten games. The Rams are down to ninth but have played just nine games and acquired 16 points.

A 5-0 win would see the home side leap-frog their Crosby-based opponents!

Rueben Jerome will be serving the second of his three game ban for being dismissed in the last home game against Colne in the FA Trophy, whilst into the squad come the three debutants who featured in the 2-1 defeat at Clitheroe last Saturday, Reece Fishwick, Ben Hampson and the popular returnee Luke Thompson.

If selected, they will all be making their home debuts.

After a slightly disappointing run of results, the Rams will be looking to get their season back on track, and they won’t have a tougher test than this one against the team from Merseyside.


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RAMS GOAL OF THE MONTH AWARD - OCTOBER

Ramsbottom United’s recently introduced “Goal-of-the-Month” award has been won in October by winger NIC EVANGELINOS.

The popular player, now in his second season with the club, has notched plenty of goals during his time at the HWRS, but his race on to a through ball, clever flick and hammered-home finish in the win against Brighouse Town, was judged by the supporters, to have been the best goal scored by the Rams throughout October.

He was presented with his award, a case of beer kindly donated by Irwell Works Brewery, before the home game against Marine, by Supporters Club member Andy Worsick.





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CLITHEROE PITCH INSPECTION

The match referee will check the pitch at Shawbridge at 11.15am

Clitheroe are telling us they don't see there being any issues.

An update will be released as soon as the pitch is looked at.


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PREVIEW: City of Liverpool (H)

It’s a welcome for the first ever meeting between the recently formed City of Liverpool FC and the Rams at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

Formed to offer affordable football to those in the city unable to watch the two Premier League sides, the new club merged the red and blue of the city’s main clubs into a kit that reflects their nick-name of “The Purps”.

Promoted from the North West Counties League last season (their second promotion in their short lifetime) they have adapted to life at this level well, and currently sit alongside the Rams in mid-table with both sides having played 12 league games and earning 20 points.

Both sides have games in hand and are only three points away from the play-offs, so a tight contest is likely. For the Rams it’s a chance to continue the improved form of late that was disrupted on Saturday when the planned trip to Dunston was thwarted by heavy overnight rain on Friday night.

The team’s last outing was a deserved three points over in Prescot with a 2-1 away win over the Cables, and another three points against CoL could see the Rams back up amongst the challenging pack, in what is becoming a very open race with no club running away with the League this time round.

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PREVIEW: Runcorn Linnets (H)

After a fortnight off, it’s back to the action as the Rams entertain Runcorn Linnets in the BetVictor North West Division.

With last week’s two matches (away at Prescot Cables, and home to Bamber Bridge in the Integro Cup) both being postponed due to the opponents involvement in other competitions, manager Chris Willcock quickly arranged a friendly match last Saturday away to NWCFL side Charnock Richard, in order to give the players some game time.

And a useful run-out it was, as an emphatic 8-1 score-line gave the lads a much needed morale booster.

However, friendlies are friendlies, and no substitute for real competitive fixtures, and it’s a return to league action in the hope of wiping the 4-3 defeat at home to Marine in the last game, from the memory.

Mind, for the neutrals in the crowd, it was a highly entertaining encounter, and games against Runcorn Linnets usually produce a similar outcome.

Linnets currently lie in 15th spot with 11 points from their 12 games, although they have yet to register an away league victory.

The Rams inactivity has seen them slip down to eleventh, but with games in hand due to only having played 10 league fixtures, from which 16 points have been garnered.

So a welcome return to action on the pitch, and with a couple of new faces in the squad, an opportunity to grab all three points and begin an ascent back up into the play-off places.

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RAMS PLAYER OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER

The latest recipient of Ramsbottom United Supporters Club “Player-of-the-Month” award has gone to goalkeeper TOM STEWART.

Having previously played down south, Tom joined the Rams at the beginning of the season and has had an impressive first campaign for the club, despite the team’s rather up-and-down time of late.

His performances have been appreciated by the club’s supporters and he was presented with his award and his case of beer kindly sponsored by Bowland Brewery, the Official Cask Beer of the Northern Premier League.

Tom is seen here being presented before the home game against Marine by Supporters Club member Andy Worsick.



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PREVIEW: Clitheroe (A)

The Rams return to League action after an enforced three week gap, due to our participation in the FA Trophy and our blank Saturday last week when our scheduled opponents, Colne, were involved in the FA Cup.

The game sees a short trip up east Lancashire to Shawbridge, home of local rivals Clitheroe, a team with whom the Rams have been in competition many times.

Whilst the Rams inactivity has seen them slide out of the play-off places to 9th spot having played just 8 games (only Colne and Dunston have played less), the host have jumped above into 7th having gained 18 points from their 12 games, just 2 points ahead of the visitors.

So a win for Ramsbottom would see them leapfrog the home side and close the gap on other clubs above.

Clitheroe’s home record is a straight two wins, two draws and two defeats, so much will depend upon which side Clitheroe put out for the afternoon, whilst the Rams will be raring to return to action, and are likely to do so with one or two new faces in the squad.

As always, games between these two old rivals are usually entertaining, and in some cases, controversial affairs, so whilst hoping that the heavy rain forecast between Friday afternoon and kick-off does not cause too many worries, a game well worth watching awaits.

If we get any news of a pitch insepction we'll update our social media accounts and the website as soon as we get news.