A late equaliser from a Burnley XI saw the Clarets grab a draw against a new look Rammy side.
Goals from Lee Gaskell and the inspired Dominic McHale saw the Rams heading towards a win against a strong looking Burnley side, with a mixture of beautiful sunset and torrential downpours playing its part in an entertaining match.
Rammy fielded a number of new signings, including ex Colwyn Bay player Prince Haywood, who looked commanding in midfield, as well as Alex Meaney (also in midfield), Kieron Nolan at centre-half, and Clevon Beadle and Ben Woods as fullbacks. French International Saindou Djanfar (forward) came on for a short spell towards the end, as did Melford Knight (midfield), Andy Fitzgerald (centre-half) and youngster Zak Hargreaves (midfield). But it was Dominic McHale who stole the show with a pacey run down the right that sprung the offside trap, leaving the bewildered Burnley fullback stranded and unable to intervene as McHale hammered home past keeper Dan Nizik.
Returning to action from last season were Grant Shenton in goal, Lee Gaskell in attack, David Kuba-Kuba who goes from strength to strength in midfield, and right-back Kyle Harrop. Andy Dawson pulled on the Rammy shirt for an extended start after two years out of the game, showing a lot of the class he’s become known for, though lacking a little in match-fitness.
Overall it was a heartening performance, with Jon Robinson bringing in some really classy young players, showing that his aim for the coming season is to play the kind of flowing and entertaining football that seemed such a far-off dream last season.
Next up at home the Rams entertain Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday 4th August at 7:45pm after a Sunday trip over the border to face Sheffield FC in a 2pm kickoff.