Ramsbottom take all three points after a hard fought win at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium against City of Liverpool FC.

Ramsbottom faced their first home game in four weeks after their last scheduled home match against Clitheroe was called off due to the weather. It was a hard fought contest between the two teams. Both sides battled to the very end with Ramsbottom running out 1-0 winners at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

The only goal of the game came from midfield maestro Jamie Rother on 50 minutes when smashed home from the edge of the 18 yard box.

The game was very scrappy in the early knockings with neither side being able to keep hold of the ball for long periods of time.

However, the chances started to come thick and fast with both teams having fabulous opportunities to put themselves in the lead. Some excellent footwork out wide on 16 minutes from John Murphy created space for him to play the ball across the face of goal to Hugo Rodriguez but he smashed it over the bar from 10 yards out.

It wasn’t too long after, on 34 minutes when the visitors had an excellent chance handed to them from Steve Hoy but Tom Stewart made an outstanding save to keep the game level.

The Rams started the second half fast and it took them only five minutes to find the opener after the restart.

The away side had the ball in the back of the net when the ex-Rammy man James Murphy tapped home but the referee chalked it out for offside. This seemed to give the Rams another boost of energy and confidence making them even hungrier to ensure they got the win.

The hosts went close again when Jamie Rother nearly grabbed his second of the afternoon. Some great wing play from Aaron Fleming allowed him to cut inside and slip Jamie Rother in but his effort went narrowly over the bar.

Ramsbottom brought on fresh legs to help see them over the line and they did just that with each and every player battling to the very end. Dogged determination and a gritty performance from all ensured that the Rams got all 3 points.

Lee Donafee will be extremely pleased with his team’s performance and even more so with the clean sheet, the Christmas present he wanted most. Rammy’s next game is away at Trafford on 27th December.

Photos by Daniel Wood