PREVIEW – IRLAM (H)
It’s been a long time coming but we finally have our first Saturday 3pm home game of the season as we welcome in-form Irlam to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.
MATCH: Ramsbottom United v Irlam
VENUE: Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Ramsbottom BL0 0BS
COMPETITION: North West Counties League Premier Division
DATE: Saturday 16th September 2023
ADMISSION: Adults – £9, Concessions – £6, U12 – £1 (with paying adult)
Rammy will look for an immediate response from the disappointment of midweek as Irlam visit the HWRS for only the second time since we were battling it out in the Manchester League days of nearly 30 years ago.
After the highs of wins over the Town’s of Cheadle and league leaders Kendal, we came back down to earth with a heavy bump down in Prestwich on Tuesday night.
Visitors Irlam are currently top of the Premier Division form table with 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat from their last six games, scoring 17 goals in the process!
The Rams will really need to be on top of their game for this one but if the season so far has shown us anything, everybody is taking points off everybody else. With just 10 points seperating the top 15 clubs, anybody who can put some sort of a run together can be right up there in no time at all.
With only one competitive meeting in the last 30 years, a 4-1 FA Cup win in 2020, there’s not much to report on here. What there is can be found in our HWM? article below.
“We put in a really pleasing performance as we went away to leaders Kendal Town and came back with all three points.
“Taking into account the traffic problems and lads turning up just 30 minutes before kick-off, to go to a team that hadn’t lost at home all season and come away with the win was testament to how the players are starting to slowly gel together.
“So then we go to Prestwich Heys last Tuesday night and to say the performance was disappointing would be an understatement.
“On the back of the Kendal win, that game gave us the opportunity to push on but for some reason the players put in their worst performance of the season.
“They have been told in no uncertain terms that they need to be consistent if we are to be challenging in this league.
“Saturday’s opponents Irlam are flying at the minute so we know we have another tough match ahead.”