Ramsbottom United clinically despatched Colwyn Bay in the FA Trophy Preliminary Round as the home side made it seven wins from 9 home games this season at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

Harry Williams Riverside Stadium
Saturday 7 October 2017
Buildbase FA Trophy Preliminary Round
Attendance: 282

The home side started the match full of confidence and got the perfect start on 10 minutes when a Greg Daniels inswinging free kick was flicked home by the head of Jerome Wright who registered his seventh goal of a hugely impressive campaign.

The Rams increased their lead shortly afterwards when a good passing move released the outstanding Kyle Brownhill whose powerful left footed drive from the edge of the penalty box beat Cooper to give the hosts a merited two goal advantage.

With 15 minutes on the clock the scoreline could have been even more conclusive after an excellent run and cross by Wright found Daniels whose shot fractionally missed the target.

Colwyn Bay were finding it difficult to create any meaningful goal scoring chances as the home side looked more likely to increase their lead with the left hand side of Brownhill and Wright looking a particular threat to the visitors from North Wales.

The Rams dominance was such that it took Colwyn Bay 33 minutes to have their first attempt at goal when an Andrews shot sailed over Danny Taberner’s crossbar.

Ramsbottom had the better of possession as the half drew to a conclusion with Alex Meaney impressing in his first start of the season and fellow midfielders Eddie Moran and Dean Stott pulling the strings in a stirring showing for the home side resulting in Colwyn Bay being second best in the midfield battle.

The second period began with the visitors making a change as they sought to change the complexion of the game and indeed fashioned their clearest chance when a cross from the Bay right found an unmarked Rainford who blasted over the bar when well placed.

This was a reminder to the home sides’ defence that the contest was still alive and the impressive Bradley Roscoe and Luke Thompson, who, incidentally were making their 50th appearance for the Rams, were being kept busy as Colwyn Bay looked to reduce the arrears.

As the match approached the hour mark the conditions were worsening as the rain continued to fall, the home side made two substitutions with Grant Spencer replacing the hard working Ben Richardson and Jamie Rother replacing Meaney.

The Rams completed the scoring on 72 minutes when a sublime piece of skill on the edge of the box from Wright created some space before sliding the ball to Spencer whose first time shot flew high into the net to give the home side an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Home keeper Taberner was called on to make a couple of smart saves low down and a free kick flew narrowly over the bar as the visitors sought to impact on the scoreline but the Rams defence stood firm with an excellent performance at right full back from Liam Brownhill worthy of note.

Tom Williams replaced the superb Daniels as the Rams comfortably played out the remaining few minutes without serious incident as the hosts convincingly beat a side that are fancied to be competing towards the top of the league come the end of April.

A superb team performance and hard work from the Rams ensured progression to the first round of the FA Trophy and a trip to face Evo-Stik Premier leaders Shaw Lane Association on the 28th October.

Manager Mark Fell commented on the victory:-
“First half was what we are all about, we moved the ball quickly, pressed in numbers and deservedly were 2-0 up at the break.  What we’ve been guilty of before is not pressing on and extending our lead, today we showed an ability to contain at 2-0 then hit quickly on the break.  We scored three excellent goals and it gives us chance to go and have a real go at Shaw Lane in a month’s time.”

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Taberner, L.Brownhill, K.Brownhill, Stott, Thompson, Roscoe, Richardson (Spencer 64mins), Moran, Meaney (Rother 64mins), Daniels (Williams 75mins), Wright.  Subs not used: Brooks, Webb

Saturday 14 October – Evo-Stik North – Skelmersdale United v RAMS (3pm)
Tuesday 17 October – Integro League Cup – RAMS v Stalybridge Celtic (7.45pm)                                                                                    

Frank’s pictures from the Colwyn Bay match

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