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 7th NOVEMBER 2015
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 2 RUSHALL OLYMPIC 1
It had been a very long time coming and, as it would happen, would be our only Saturday win in the 2015 part of the 2015/16 season but recently appointed new manager Garry Vaughan claimed his second win for the Rams in a game that was helped by the Midlands visitors being reduced to ten men after just 34 minutes.
The pieces started slotting into place after some eleven months of difficulties and with Shelton Payne in the side, things were looking up. The mercurial Payne looked outstanding and it was his low cross that was diverted into his own goal by defender Mitchell Tolley just before the half hour to give the Rams the lead.
Aris Christophorou’s straight red card, when he hauled down Payne when he was haring down on goal, give the home side an advantage but, in the second half, it really didn’t look like it.
That point was proven when Luke Benbow burst clear – despite looking a little off side – lifted the ball over Grant Shenton for the equaliser and the Rams were firmly on the back foot.
It needed a couple of substitutions and a change of formation to bring the much needed three points. Prince Heywood moved to the right hand side and his pass, with just six minutes left, found the dangerous Payne in space and his shot just had enough momentum to creep across the line.
There were still nervous moments as time ran down but the Rams held on for just their second victory of the campaign.
The win still left us seven points from safety … a safety, as we know, which never came.
RAMSBOTTOM TEAM v RUSHALL OLYMPIC 2015: Grant Shenton, Marcus Poscha, George Edmundson, Sam Grimshaw, Alex Meaney (Phil Edghill 88), David Kuba-Kuba (Jake Cliffe 76), Matthew Crothers (Robbie Bromley 76), Prince Hayward, Shelton Payne, Michael Oates, Jack Tuohy. Subs not used: Charlie Doyle, Zack Hargreaves.
SATURDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2009
NEW MILLS 5 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 1
(Match report from the Lancashire Telegraph)
Ramsbottom United’s bubble was well and truly burst after a 5-1 trouncing at title-chasing New Mills.
Having recovered from 3-1 down to beat Congleton in the Vodkat League Cup last week, there was to be no fightback this time as the Rams were brought back to earth with a bump.
The Rams were second best to a quality New Mills who showed they are genuine contenders for promotion.
But the visitors only had themselves to blame as they were still in the contest with 15 minutes remaining and only trailed by a single goal.
New Mills were 2-0 up within 16 minutes through goals from Adam Mather and Carlos Meakin.
But the Rams regrouped and were rewarded for their efforts when John Blackley poked home from close range after Matt Edgington’s cross was fumbled.
The Rams were still in the match until the closing stages but it all went wrong when former Bacup striker Tommy Turner entered the fray and scored twice while Mark Sharples scored an own goal and John Robinson was sent off.
RAMSBOTTOM TEAM v NEW MILLS 2009: Damien Rooney, John Blackley, Jonathan Lea (Mark Sharples 75), George Bowyer, Kieron Fletcher, Joel Pilkington, Bernard Morley, Eddie O’Neill (Phil Dean 67), Matthew Edgington, Jon Robinson, Andrew Sensale. Subs not used: Luke Bradley, Anthony Johnson.
SATURDAY 7th NOVEMBER 1998
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 4 WOODLEY SPORTS 1
FA VASE ROUND 1
Having negotiated our way through the only qualifying round that the Rams had been included in – beating Cheadle Town 3-2, we headed into the first round proper of the FA Vase where we would host Woodley Sports.
The visitors had received a walkover in the first qualifying round from Blackpool Wren Rovers and then got past Prudhoe Town 2-0 in the second and final qualifying round.
The Manchester League side’s run came to an end as Danny Goodall, Steve Orrell, Mark O’Brien and Mike Langhorn all hit the scoresheet as we ran out 4-1 winners in front of 190 spectators.
Woodley Sports changed their name to Stockport Sports when they dropped out of the NPL – the year we were promoted from the NWCFL.
They are no more now – having been expelled from the Counties in 2015.