After over 100 days competitive football returns to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium with the visit of Thackley in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.
MATCH: Ramsbottom United vs Thackley AFC
VENUE: Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, BL0 0BS
COMPETITION: Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
DATE: Tuesday 9th 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.
It’s 12 years since the Riverside last hosted a tie at this stage of the competition. Rammy picked up a 4-1 win that day against Winsford United, Jon Robinson picked up a hat-trick and Michael Morrison was also on the scoresheet.
Saturday saw the Rams held to a 1-1 draw against tonight’s opposition. Leon Creech got his first goal in a Rammy shirt before Kieran Suddards levelled with just minutes remaining.
The tie will be settled on the night, with the game going to extra-time and possibly penalties if level after 90 minutes.
The winner will pickup £1,125 in prize money, whilst the loser will gets £375 from the fund.
As mentioned in Saturday’s preview, it’s not the first time, these two sides have met in the FA Cup.
In fact, it will be the fifth time that the sides have met in this competition.
The Rams picked up the first victory in August 2002, 1-0 at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, with club record scorer Russell Brierley getting the game’s only goal.
It would be another four years before the teams met again, this time at Dennyfield. Thackley opened the scoring within the first minute of the match, before Ryan Moore begged it back for the Rams from the penalty spot just after the half hour mark.
Thackley picked up a win in the subsequent replay, scoring to win 1-0 with 12 minutes remaining.
There’s one other previous meeting on record between the two clubs in the FA Vase, from September 2000, a game the Rams won 4-3.
Manager Lee Donafee has confirmed that Seydou Bamba and Ryan Jennings are the only players sidelined through injury.
Everyone else is available for selection.
Speaking to ramsbottomutd.com ahead of the fixture Donafee said: “We never at any point underestimated Thackley and we won’t be again going into the replay.”
“The lads who are part of this club know my feelings from Saturday and they need to put it right.”
“We know we won’t win the FA Cup but we need to go as far as we can and give the club and the fans some great times and days out that only this competition provides.”