After our midweek success in the Emirates FA Cup, Ramsbottom now go into this opening match of the new Pitching In NPL West season with a home encounter against newly promoted Midland League Champions Hanley Town.
MATCH: Ramsbottom United vs Hanley Town
VENUE: Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, BL0 0BS
COMPETITION: Northern Premier League West Division
DATE: Saturday 13th August 2022
You can pay on the gate – 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.
Both Ramsbottom and Hanley Town start the 2022-23 league campaign on a high following their midweek FA Cup wins over Thackley and Hereford Lads Club respectively.
Coming back from an early strike by the home side, Hanley went on to record a 5-1 win over there Hellenic League opponents and earn themselves a home tie against Hinckley LR in the next round.
Seen as this is the very first match between the two sides, there’s absolutely no playing history to report on at all… But we do share something in common with the Staffordshire based club – we were both founded in 1966!
STATS OF THE MATCH
The Rams have not lost their opening league game of the season since 15th August 2015 when we went down 2-0 away at Rushall Olympic in the NPL Premier Division. We only collected 4 points from the first 15 games that season!
Seydou Bamba and Ryan Jennings possibly still sidelined through injury while everyone else should be available for selection barring any knocks picked up from midweek.