Debutant Wooster is a Rammy hero as they secure a valuable point away at Workington.
A Red card, six yellow cards, three penalty’s and two goals. This really was a game that had it all in front of a large crowd of 576. It was the hosts that took the lead early in the second half through a Steven Rigg header but the Rams responded within three minutes thanks to a Michael Fitzgerald penalty.
It was the hosts who started the game the better of the two sides calling new signing Tom Wooster into action just five minutes into the game. The home side continued to build and they tested the Rams number one again just four minutes later but he was equal to it. As the first half progressed it was all Workington until the 29th minute when the Rams rattled the bar there best chance of the half by far.
As half time was approaching it looked as though neither side would be able to break the deadlock, that was until Reuben Jerome was brought down inside the penalty area the win his side a penalty well into stoppage time. Scott Allison was the man to step up but he put it wide of the post and Rammy survived a massive scare.
With the scores level at the break both sides knew that they had to step it up in the second 45 minutes and it didn’t take long for the hosts to break the deadlock. On 53 minutes Lewis Reilly tested Wooster who did well to save the first attempt but the ball fell into the path of Steven Rigg who nodded home to give his side the lead.
It didn’t take long for Ramsbottom to respond though as winger Henry Ogunby won the Rams a penalty of their own. It was young defender Fitzgerald who stepped up for the spot kick and he converted calmly into the corner giving the goalkeeper absolutely no chance. The visitors began to smell blood and they was pushing for a second goal to put them in front. Mcnair went close on 60 minutes and then just two minutes later Tony Donaldson had a wonderful chance but Atkinson was down quickly to save with his feet.
Manager Lee Donafee was eager to see his side push for a winner and took midfielder Ryan Jennings off the pitch for forward Jordan Shannon on 66 minutes.
Neither team were able to create any real clear cut chances and the game looked to be heading towards a draw. However, on 86 minutes Oscar Radcliffe received a second yellow and it looked like this could open the door for Workington.
The Rams continued to work extremely hard trying to ensure they earned a valuable point on the road. Then just like the first half the hosts were awarded a penalty deep into stoppage time. It was Lewis Reilly who stepped up to take this one but Wooster made a superb save to deny him and then he made a second spectacular save to deny Reilly again on the rebound.
Rammy battled until the very end with everyone putting in a massive shift and they will be over the moon to come away from such a tough fixture with a valuable point.