PREVIEW – LONGRIDGE TOWN (A)
After a small excursion into the cup competition, we head back into league action with a trip north to face Longridge Town for the very first time in our history.
MATCH: Longridge Town vs Ramsbottom United
VENUE: The Recycling Lives Ground, Inglewhite Road, Longridge, PR3 2NA
COMPETITION: North West Counties League Premier Division
DATE: Tuesday 22nd August 2023
DISTANCE FROM RAMMY: 30 miles, 46 minutes
Adults – £7, Concessions/OAP/Students – £5, 12-18 – £2, U11s FREE. The game is pay on the gate.
It is back to league action for the Rams on Tuesday night as we take a trip up the M65 and M6 to face new opponents in Longridge Town hoping to build on some positive performances of late.
We went down by a single goal to higher league opposition against Mossley on Saturday which broke a run of five games unbeaten in league and cup. So Steve Wilkes’ charges will travel to the outskirts of Preston looking to take another stride back up the division, finding ourselves in 10th place at present with eight points – two wins, two draws and that opening day defeat at Wythenshawe.
But our hosts have not enjoyed the best of starts to the campaign as they hunt down their first victory of the season.
‘The Ridge’ are down in 21st place with three points to their name although they were within an ace of securing a superb win over Chadderton on Saturday only to concede in the 95th minute, seeing the game finish 4-4 despite Leighton Hewitt’s hat-trick for the home side.
So they will be feeling much more positive about their current winless plight and hope to send their fans home happy with a first home win of the season although the Rams do have a fully fit and firing squad available knowing a win will lift them back into the upper echelons of the table.
“I was pleased with the performance that we put in at Mossley in the Cup on Saturday but we lacked that killer instinct in front of goal so that is something that I will want to see an improvement from the team at Longridge.
“We are still working hard behind the scenes to bring in one or two new players to the squad to keep us competitive but the team know what we are asking of them and we need to see us closing games out as all of the league games, except the first one, have been draws or one by a single goal.”