PREVIEW – CHEADLE TOWN (H)
The Rams look to bounce back from two defeats in a row when Cheadle Town come to the HWRS for the first time in the league for 22 years.
MATCH: Ramsbottom United vs Cheadle Town
VENUE: Harry Williams Riverside Stadium. Ramsbottom BL0 0BS
COMPETITION: North West Counties League Premier Division
DATE: Tuesday 5th September 2023
Adults – £9, Concessions/U16/O65 – £5, U12 (with paying adult) £1. CASH ONLY.
It has been a disappointing week for Ramsbottom United who came unstuck last Tuesday night at home to Glossop North End and then suffered a multitude of unfavourable downturns on Merseyside on Saturday so, as always, there is an instant chance to get the train back on the rails.
Up next are Cheadle Town at the HWRS who are not in the greatest run of form themselves with just one win from their last six and four losses in a row, including a 3-1 reverse to Kendal Town at the weekend.
Whilst the Rams have scored four goals in their last couple of games, they have both resulted in defeats and Steve Wilkes and his management team know that, whilst playing well, their 13th place position and negative goal difference needs addressing if they are to keep tabs on the leading pack.
This will be the first game between the sides since 2010 when we played back-to-back FA Cup contents in successive seasons but it was way back on 20 February 2001 when we last met in the NWCFL – a date which is forever etched into Ramsbottom United history.
To read why, have a look at our “Have We Met” feature on games between the Rams and Cheadle Town.
“We come in this one on the back of a disappointing and frustrating game over in Liverpool at the weekend.
“Make no mistake, we were cruising against a Lower Breck team without a win so far this season. Our early goal should have been doubled moments later only for it to be disallowed for reasons only known to the officials.
“It’s so frustrating as had that been allowed to stand then am I certain we go on to win that game. But even though we then end up a man down with Ryan’s red card, we still had opportunities to extend our lead.
“We not only need to start putting away our chances but we also need to defend better as a team. It’s very early days in the season and the players are still gelling but we go into tonight’s game looking for a response and to get back to winning ways”.