PLENTY OF POSITIVES FROM NARROW LEEK DEFEAT
Jordan Scanlon scored another brace for Ramsbottom who battled impressively against second placed Leek Town.
The Rams knew coming into this game that they would have a tough task ahead of them when facing second place Leek Town but the hosts looked more than up to the challenge.
The team from Staffordshire have enjoyed a fantastic season so far and they kept the good times rolling at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium thanks to first half goals from Thomas Carr and Oliver Harrison followed by an early second half strike from forward Tim Grice.
The away side started the game extremely fast and managed to open the scoring within the first two minutes of the game. The Rammy defence seemed to fall asleep and Ross Davidson played a lovely through ball in behind for Carr to slot past the on rushing Tom Wooster.
The away side continued to pile on the pressure in the early knockings of the game and that paid off for a second time when defender Oliver Harrison nodded home from a corner at the back post on 27 minutes.
However, the hosts didn’t just throw the towel in and they continued to battle to try and get themselves back into this one. Then when they won a penalty due to a handball inside the box the in-form Jordan Scanlon was the man who stepped up to dispatch from the spot on the half hour mark.
At the break the game was still all to play for and the momentum was certainly with Ramsbottom. Although that didn’t last long as the visitors got off to the perfect start in 47th minute when Tim Grice managed to get in behind the Rams back line once more and all he had to do was add the finishing touches from close range.
Rammy once gain had to begin their massive uphill battle but they managed to find a response once more on 74 minutes when magic man Jordan Scanlon got his second of the match and fifth in three games. The Rams number 10 picked the ball up from a short corner, skipped past a challenge on the edge of the box and the rocketed one into the top right hand corner of the goal – a sensational strike.
Despite the best efforts of the boys in blue they just couldn’t find an equaliser and Leek managed to hold on for their narrow victory.
Ramsbottom will reset and focus on their next game which takes place on Easter Monday away at Trafford.
On recent performances, the Rams do not deserve to be bottom of the league, and the effort and determination currently on show from the current squad gives hope for the future.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Wooster, Ogunby, Askew, Hall, Radcliffe, Bentley, Hasler-Cregg (Lockett 63′), Collinge (France 45′), Southworth, Scanlon, Jennings
Subs not used: Nixon, Dasilva, Lee