by | Nov 25, 2023

Kuda Chingwaro and Matt Dudley celebrate as the Rams go two up.

NWC Premier Division • 25 Nov 2023
If visitors Burscough were expecting a new manager bounce, having had a change during the week, they were sadly mistaken, as this performance would have showed the new incumbent just what a task he had on his hands.
Leckenby's Tea Rooms

For throughout, the Rams looked comfortably in control, and thoroughly deserved the three points.

Leckenby's Tea Rooms

As early as the ninth minute a clever flick from captain Matt Dudley was brilliantly tipped over by visiting keeper Max Povey, but the custodian was helpless three minutes later when Fin Bartram collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner to give the home side the lead.

On 23 minutes that lead was doubled when a dangerous ball into the area from Owen Collinge was controlled by Dudley, who unselfishly laid it on for Kude Chingwaro to smash home from ten yards out.

Almost immediately Burscough attempted to regain a foothold when Cian McDermott fired goalwards from twenty yards, but Kai Calderbank-Park in the home goal made a great diving save, and five minutes later repeated the feat when Tom Lawless also sent in a screamer.

Those two chances proved the total of Burscough’s attempts whilst the home side could have extended the lead in the minutes before the break.

Bartram fed the ball into the six yards box, but the visiting defence somehow managed to clear the danger, before a long-range effort from Chingwaro stung the palms of Povey as he managed to repel the attempt.

The game was effectively put to bed just nine minutes into the second half as a ball in from the left this time, produced the same result as previously, with Dudley cleverly setting up Chingwaro who notched his second and the Rams third of the afternoon.

From then on, the Rams never looked in danger and indeed could have extended the lead when the impressive Bartram saw another effort well saved, as did Luke Sephton.

Manager Steve Wilkes threw on all five substitutes as the game wore on, and one of them, Harvey Hayhurst nearly added a fourth near the end as his low cross-drive saw Povey pushing the ball away as it looked like sneaking in at the far post.

The final whistle blew on a Rams performance that was sufficient to ease to a deserved victory, without breaking too much sweat.

Next Saturday will probably be a tougher test as Northern Counties East side Hallam arrive at the HWRS in the 3rd round of the FA Vase, as the Rams keep an eye on a possible trip to Wembley should further progress be made in the competition.

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Calderbank-Park, Collinge(Black 73mins), Walder(Hathurst 87mins), Lewis, Radcliffe, Roscoe, Sephton, Rigby, Dudley(Ogunby 77mins), Bartram(Lockett 84mins), Chingwaro(Campbell 80mins)

Att: 170