Rams sign four for play-off push

Ramsbottom United have signed four players ahead of the final month of games as they target a shot at the play-offs.

Joining Ramsbottom United’s push for the play-offs is local lad Steve Howson.  A former Player-of-the-Year at neighbours Radcliffe Borough, 28 year old Steve is equally adapt at playing centre-forward or centre-half, giving the Rams management team of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley a couple of options.

Howson joined Boro from Manchester League side Prestwich Heys in 2007, and, playing up front, notched 36 goals in his first season.  Upon returning from injury he slotted in equally well in the heart of the Boro defence.

In 2011 he moved over to Australia to play for Bunbury Force, but after returning home in February this year and making a couple of appearances for the Boro, he has now signed for his local club.

Also joining the Rams, on a short-term loan is goalkeeper Martin Fearon.  Currently with Skrill Premier Chester FC, the 25 year old has previously played for Lancaster City and Clitheroe, having earlier gained experience with League clubs Accrington Stanley and Burnley.

Fearon comes in as cover for regular keeper Grant Shenton who broke his fibia making a save in the league game at New Mills on Saturday 15th March.

As a result, Shenton is now out for the remainder of the season, but the Rams management team is delighted to have brought in such a fine experienced replacement in the 6’2” Accrington lad.

The club have also signed, ahead of the March 27 deadline, to bring back an old boy and ensuring goalkeeping cover as the end of the season nears.

Lee Pugh, who turned out for the Rams a couple of years ago, has returned from Conference side Chester, after a stint with Clitheroe.  The left-back will add strength to the defence, as he return to fitness, having been out injured since Christmas.

Also signing in is 19-year-old custodian Dan Lever, who has been playing in the NWCFL for Wigan Robin Park.  He will act as understudy to Martin Fearon folloiwng the broken leg suffered by regular keeper Grant Shenton.

The club welcomes them all.