With the football season currently on-hold due to COVID-19, football fans up and down the country have been left feeling rather downhearted about how they will now spend their Saturday afternoons over the next few months.
However, life is never as bad as one thinks it may be and Ramsbottom manager Chris Willcock was full of praise for the support he and his men received following on from the most recent away win at Marine which saw Jamie Rother net a late winner in impressive fashion.
“It was great to see a large away support at Marine on Saturday”, remarked Wiilcock. “It was essentially a key game because of the league positions of both clubs. Our away support has started to gain momentum with larger numbers and it was great to see them giving the lads a standing ovation which they clearly deserved at full time.
“Fans gathered behind the goal were in full voice throughout the game and their experience was given best value with Jamie Rother’s 88th minute winner”.
Rother has featured less regularly in the starting eleven over the past few months but his moment in the sun was well deserved on Merseyside.
A club stalwart who is the definition of loyalty, was fully complemented by the manager, as was his fellow stablemates Daniel Naidole and Richie Baker.
“Jamie has been an integral part of the run that we have put together but unfortunately he has been struggling with his injury throughout February. Since Jamie’s injury, Daniel Naidole and also Richie Baker have come back into contention and replaced Jamie. Both players contributing massively to maintaining our good form.
“After February was virtually a washout, the lack of playing time has led to an understandable rustiness amongst the starting eleven, but the most recent away games at Marine and Kendal have produced grand stand finishes with both Rother and Luke Thompson getting on the scoresheet within the final moments.
“The lads have been working hard away from match day games in training but there’s nothing like playing and we have lost a bit of sharpness and that was there for all to see at Kendal the previous week. However I must say against Marine our sharpness was back and we were looking like our old selves”.
The celebration of the Rammy fans behind the goal was a joy to behold when Rother scored, yet the picture of Willcock was even better. Now over 18 months into his reign as manager at the Riverside, fans finally got a glimpse of his dance moves.
“I thought it was a time to show off my dancing skills as I got carried away at full time” he said.
In the current climate fans may not get another enjoyment like last Saturday. The post-match celebrations proved why everybody will miss football as the coronavirus crisis continues to worsen. Hopefully our favourite escapism will be back some time soon.