As the Rams return to the league campaign following cup disappointment in midweek, they’ll be looking for their first three-points of the season, against a Leek Town side, who have won, drawn and lost each of their opening three league games.
MATCH: Leek Town vs Ramsbottom United
VENUE: Harrison Park, Macclesfield Road, Leek, ST13 8LD
COMPETITION: Northern Premier League West Division
DATE: Saturday 27th August 2022
DISTANCE FROM RAMMY: 50 miles, 1hr 20 mins.
You can pay on the gate – adults £10, concessions (over 65s and students in full time education) £7, Under 18s £3.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from Leek Town: https://leektownfc.ktckts.com/event/lkt2223h2/ramsbottom-united
Saturday’s opponents missed out on promotion last season after being losing 4-1 in their play-off semi final against Runcorn Linnets.
Lee Donafee was proud of his side on Wednesday, saying on twitter after the game: “Good luck to COL (City of Liverpool) in next round. I’m proud of each and everyone of my squad tonight, that was an unreal shift with 10 men, Our fans were class all game. Thanks for the support.”
Previous meetings don’t favour the Rams, as they are yet to pick up a victory in four meetings with Leek Town.
The most recent of which was at Harrison Park in March. Leek scored early on 12 minutes through Tim Grice. A poor clearance put Grice through one on one with Tom Stewart and he slotted home.
Rammy bounced back on 27 minutes when a lovely, volleyed effort from Jack Grimshaw nestled in the bottom corner. A tight second half left both sides with limited chances but, Lewis Short put Leek back in front when he tapped home a rebounded effort on 77 minutes.
Rammy have conceded at least 2 goals in their three of their meetings with Leek Town.
Jack Grimshaw and Jamie Rother are the only two players to pick up goals for Ramsbottom.
Ryan Jennings returned to the matchday squad on Wednesday, he was an unused substitute.
Seydou Bamba and Harry Turner remain injured.
Speaking to ramsbottomutd.com ahead of the fixture Donafee said: “Leek it is tomorrow, for me personally but as a new group there’s still work that needs doing for us as a group.
“Although losing on Wednesday there is a lot we can take from the game and the effort that was given has to become a minimum standard for this group.
“I’m aware of how good a side Leek are but the focus is on my Rammy side and competing the best we can for the 3 points.”