PREVIEW – FC ISLE OF MAN (H)
Not the start to the new league campaign last time out for the Rams but a game just four days later gives us the perfect opportunity to turn our fortunes around sooner rather than later.
MATCH: Ramsbottom United vs Isle of Man
VENUE: Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Bridge street, Ramsbottom, BL0 0BS
COMPETITION: North West Counties Premier Division
DATE: Wednesday 2nd August 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)
Last time out certainly wasn’t the start that manager Steve Wilkes and his team would had wished for. However, the large number of fixtures at this level presents a great opportunity for the Rams to turn their fortunes around sooner rather than later.
Isle of Man are the opposition for this one and they present a very physical test for us. Our visitors faced off against Wythensahwe Town in their opening fixture where they secured a 2-0 win.
The team know they must improve for this fixture and try and secure all three points to give their season a real kick start. Despite the final result at weekend there were some extremely positive patterns of play against Wythensahwe but just couldn’t be capitalised on. The lads know that if they are to take anything from this one they’ll have to take the chances that come their way.
This fixture is the first time the two sides have ever faced each other so this evening we will be writing history.
Last time out wasn’t the way we wanted to start the season and it was a really frustrating day. There wasn’t much too separate the two teams in the first half but in the second 45 a huge decision went against us and that swung the game in the oppositions favour. Then after we conceded the second everything changed and the flood gates opened.
This game gives us the opportunity to put things right on the field. The Isle of Man are a complete different kettle of fish from our last game as they mix and match the team when they travel so it’s difficult to gage what we’ll be up against.
Everything has to change heading into this one, the players attitude, mentality and they have to ensure they meet the standards that we have set during pre-season.