This is an enormous game for the Rams as they play a City of Liverpool side who haven’t been able to win in their last seven league games. Ramsbottom will hoping that they can get off to a good start in December and be out of the relegation zone by Christmas.
MATCH: Ramsbottom United vs Runcorn Linnets
VENUE: Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Bridge street, Ramsbottom, BL0 0BS
COMPETITION: Northern Premier League West Division
DATE: Saturday 3rd December 2022
You can pay on the gate – CASH ONLY – adults £9, concessions £5, students (age 17-18) £6, Children under 12 £1 (with a paying adult). Pie and Peas available throughout the afternoon – and tea and coffee in a proper mug! Programmes are £2 each (you can find these just before the turnstile)
Despite defeat in their last outing the Rams will still be pretty positive coming into this one. The score line last time out perhaps didn’t reflect the real nature of the game, with Ramsbottom playing well, creating some really good opportunity’s and being extremely hard done by with at least one of the goals that they conceded.
The hosts in this one know that they have to play to level that they have done in their previous few games. This will be seen as a must win for both sides with City of Liverpool just one place above the home side in 18th place however, the two sides are level on points and the visitors have in fact played a game more.
Over the past six league games Saturdays visitors are the only team to have collected less points than Rammy and they therefore, sit bellow them in the form table. Another major positive for the Rams is the fact that the Purps haven’t won on the road since the 24th September when they ran out 3-2 winners away at Hanley Town.
The recent arrivals at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium have had a massive impact on the way that the team have been performing in recent weeks and I’m sure that manager Lee Donafee will be eager to see his side keep improving and picking up some more points this weekend.
Check out our “Have We Met?” feature linked below where you can read about the history between the two clubs.
However since the “Have We Met” was published on the website the two sides have faced off on four different occasions. The first came on the 14th August 2021 at the home of City of Liverpool, the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
The next came at Rammy on the 18th December 2021 and the hosts that day ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from now captain fantastic Jamie Rother early in the second half. Rammy then drew the Purps in the preliminary rounds of the FA Cup earlier in the season. The first match up in that tie ended in 0-0 draw at the HWRS on 20th August 2022 a game in which Rammy were extremally unlucky missing some excellent chances in that one. However, the replay ended in a 4-3 victory for the City of Liverpool when forward James Steele was the hat trick hero, his third and final goal proving to be the sucker punch with a header deep into injury time to seal the victory for the home side, following an early red card for ex Rammy man Kain Dean.
Both teams are in positions they don’t won’t to be in and both will be looking to get the win to climb up the table. We were all disappointed in the Linnets result more so the manner of their goals that we conceded it was tough game against an in form team, and we were delighted to have taken the lead but as a group we felt harshly done to with the goals we conceded.
The performance was good but we know we could of been better and that’s exactly what we will be looking to do for this game. Come on ewe Rams