Here is our latest edition of Rammy On This Saturday as we look back at the events on the pitch on the respective Saturday’s in our non-league history.
SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER 2015
SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER 2009
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0 NEW MILLS 0
(Match report courtesy of the Lancashire Telegraph)
RAMSBOTTOM co-manager Anthony Johnson paid tribute to his team for a battling performance against fellow high fliers New Mills – but admitted the point does neither side any good.
The Rams remain in third but only goal difference separated them and second-placed New Mills.
“The point does neither of us any favours,” said Johnson.
“And I am disappointed that we didn’t win that as we had the chances.
“We dug in and ensured they got nothing and that is down in no small measure to our back line with Kieron Fletcher playing his best game I have seen.
“We put in a great squad performance and really could have won the match. We have shown that we belong in the top three with a performance like that against one of the real big spending sides in the league.”
Despite the lack of goals, it was an entertaining game at the Riverside which attracted 200 spectators – the biggest crowd since Boxing Day 2007.
The Rams shaded the game with Mills keeper Dominic Ingram-Hughes far busier than Damien Rooney. Ramsbottom had the ball in the back of the net deep into injury time but Joel Pilkington’s neat header was scratched off for a push in the box.
Rooney produced his best save in the 53rd minute when he tip a fierce drive around the post and then saw another effort hit the bar.
RAMSBOTTOM TEAM v NEW MILLS 2009: Damien Rooney, Kieron Fletcher, George Bowyer, Shaun Whitehead (Barry Shuttleworth 47mins), John Blackley, Bernard Morley, Joel Pilkington, Carl Lomax, Jon Robinson (Phil Dean 80mins), Lee Connell, Anthony Johnson (Andrew Sensale 74mins). Subs not used: Luke Bradley, Barry Massey
SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER 1998
BOOTLE 1 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 2
After a run of 14 games of which only four were league games, it was a relief to finally get back to the ‘bread and butter’ on the North West Counties as Ken Bridge’s side travelled over to Bootle for their first league game in three weeks.
And after a catalogue of results that saw just one win in their last seven – that being in the League Cup away at Chadderton – it was crucial that they got back to winning ways.
That is exactly what they did. Goals from the ever reliable Steve Orrell and Russell Brierley ensured that the Rams would head back home from Bucks Park with a much needed all three points.
It was just the second league win in the last six – stretching back to the end of September but would have filled the squad with plenty of confidence heading into the Christmas period of games.