by | Aug 29, 2023

Manchester Optical

No rest for the wicked. Hot on the heels of Sunday’s Vase win, we turn our attentions back to league action for the visit of Glossop North End tonight.

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MATCH: Ramsbottom United vs Glossop North End
VENUE: Harry Williams Riverside Stadium. Ramsbottom BL0 0BS
COMPETITION: North West Counties League Premier Division
DATE: Tuesday 29th August 2023
KICK-OFF: 7.45pm

Adults – £9, Concessions/U16/O65 – £5, U12 (with paying adult) £1. CASH ONLY.

This evening’s game should have taken place yesterday with all the other Bank Holiday fixtures, but of course, we had to move the FA Vase tie at Worsbrough back 24 hours due to the clash there with cricket, and two games in two days is a little too much for any side.

We welcome our old friends from Glossop, who, like ourselves, suffered relegation last time round. It’s not pleasant, and fair to say tonight’s visitors have taken a little longer than ourselves to become accustomed to life back in the NWCFL.

However, we are sure that will soon be rectified (after tonight of course!) and we would love to see us both regain our place in the NPL come next April.

The side Steve and Scott have put together is attracting many appreciative comments from the Rammy fans, so let’s hope that the quality of football being played brings its rewards.

The Premier Division table is starting to take shape, and despite everyone’s forecast, Bury are not running away with it, whereas unfancied Kendal Town are. It’s a tough old league but I’m sure our lads are up for the challenge.

We have been regular foes on the pitch, going all the way back to 1997 right the way up to the 2018/19 season when the league tinkered with the divisions and split us up once more, but we were back together again in 2021/22 and suffered the same fate last year to return from whence we came, the NWCFL.

In total, there have been 41 games – all in various leagues – with the Rams holding a 17-15 advantage in the head-to-head stakes with nine draws and that is reflected in the goal tallies too with us 70-62 ahead.

Read more on the history between Rams and GNE on the link below.


“We come into this game on the back of a decent 3-0 win in the cup on Saturday which sets up a match against Euxton Villa in the next round.

“Despite a good start and an early goal from Henri, we dropped off a little bit so I said to the lads at half time that the FA Vase is a competition you want to go a long way in and a competition you can go a long way in. It’s just about being professional, controlling the ball and playing a bit higher up the pitch.

“I think they showed that in the second half with further goals from Matt and Kuda and the comfortable win is great for the team’s confidence.

“However, we’re still a side that’s work in progress and with that in mind, hopefully we’ll see more faces coming through the door this week.

“Looking ahead to tonight and Glossop is going to be another tough one as they come here on the back of a couple of good wins.

“I know Mike Worthington, he’s a nice kid who’s setting off in management and wants to play football the right way.

“But fingers crossed that we can keep our momentum going, Saturday was only our second clean sheet of the season so it would be really nice to get another one this evening.”

Pic: GNE Facebook