This game brings David Chadwick’s first home fixture in charge of the club and only Rammy’s second home game since the turn of the year. With one team battling to remain in the division and the other fighting for promotion this game is sure to be a cracker.
MATCH: Ramsbottom United vs Clitheroe
VENUE: Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Bridge street, Ramsbottom, BL0 0BS
COMPETITION: Northern Premier League West Division
DATE: Tuesday 21st February 2023
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)
The Rams will feel as if they had been hard done by on Saturday afternoon after putting in a much I proved performance but somehow still falling to defeat. I’m sure David Chadwick will be eager for his side to be more clinical in front of goal to ensure his side get a result in this one.
This going to be an extremely difficult match for Ramsbottom as todays opposition sit 16 places above them in the league as well as having 25 points more.
Clitheroe are also in their best form of the season having not lost in their previous 6 games in the league taking 14 points from a possible 18 available and that see’s them sit at the top of the form table. However, it’s been a completely different story for Ramsbottom as they have only been able to take two points from their previous six games and that see’s them sit at the foot of the form table.
Despite all this the Rams don’t lack belief and this game brings the perfect opportunity for them to turn their fortunes around. With this being the gaffers first home game in charge of the team he’ll be hoping that the fans get behind the boys from the first minute until the last to help get them over the line in what is going to be an incredibly tough game of football.
Just 20 miles separate Ramsbottom and Clitheroe, up the A56 and A59. For two teams that close together, both in east Lancashire, both progressed through the North West Counties League and now the Northern Premier League, meetings have been very regular.
The two sides have met twice already this season. The first game was in the league back in August where ex Rammy man Sefton Gonzales scored twice to see his side run out 2-0 winners. The second meeting between the two sides this season came in September but this one was in the FA Trophy. The game was played at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium but Clitheroe steam rolled the Rams and won the match four goals to one.
“Clitheroe have a good side and they’re on a good run but we’ve got to stop them, they might be going for the playoffs but we have something to fight for as well and we certainly won’t be making it easy for them and as long as the lads show me the same attitude and work ethic as they did on Saturday then I’ll be happy.”