MATCH: Glossop North End v Ramsbottom United
VENUE: The Amdec Forklift Stadium, Surrey Street, Glossop, Derbyshire
COMPETITION: Northern Premier League West Division
DATE: Sautrday 26th February 2022
DISTANCE FROM RAMMY: 27 miles, 40 minutes
Admission prices are £9 adults, £5 concessions, £5 U16s-U19, £5 student (with valid ID card), U16s £2. Admittance will be via cash turnstile. Matchday programme is £2
Following an enforced week off, the Rams head into a busy seven days with three huge games as we bid to clamber up the table and stave off any concerns of being dragged into a relegation battle.
The three points collected om the superb performance against Clitheroe two weeks ago will have certainly given the side a significant boost, with it being their first victory in seven attempts.
But, having seen the Workington game postponed last weekend, it gave a few players a chance for a break, to heal a few wounds and head into this game refreshed and ready.
Standing in the way today are Glossop North End, old foes from the North West Counties League, who are equally in need of the three points as they sit just two points ahead of the Rams in 13th place – just six points separate seven sides from 12th down to Prescot Cables who hold the relegation play-off spot that no-one wants!
The Hillmen suffered a 2-1 defeat last time out away at Leek Town but have won three of their last five league games.
13th v 15th will never be one of those games high on the ‘Match of the Day’ running order but what this game is, is a very important contest between two sides in need of three points.
STAT OF THE PREVIEW:
The Rams have lost just one of their last 9 games against The Hillmen, winning six. The last game between the sides finished 0-0 back in September 2021.. only 7 of the Rammy 16 players from that game could feature on Saturday!
LEAGUE FORM GUIDE (most recent game first):
Ramsbottom United: W L D L L L
Glossop North End: L W L W W L
You can read all about the history between the Rams and Glossop North End in our comprehensive “Have We Met” article, which is below – written back in September.
Manager Lee Donafee has been delighted with the effort the team has been putting in across training and hopes his side can still dip into the confidence that was built up in the game against Clitheroe a fortnight ago.
And it is a game that he is looking forward to as he heads back to one of his old clubs.
“I am really looking forward to the game after last weekend’s postponed game. We just hope it’s on.
“Surrey Street won’t be an easy place to go and credit to Glossop manager Stuart, he’s doing a great job this season and he will have his side prepared and will be wanting to get a result after last week’s loss at Leek.
“For us though, we need to build on what was a good performance against Clitheroe. We have trained really well since that game and the lads will be ready to give their all and look to build some momentum.”
With regards to the team, Jason Carey has served his suspension for his quick sending off at Newcastle Town while Khalil Osi-Efa could feature for the first time since October. Tom Hartley is also back in the squad having been unavailable for the Clitheroe game.