The eagerly awaited reunion of former Ramsbottom United players and management ultimately resulted in a disappointing defeat for the home supporters looking for some semblance of revenge.

 

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0 SALFORD CITY 4
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division
Easter Monday 28 March 2016
Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Ramsbottom
Attendance: 763

Having competed fairly equally for the first half-hour, two quick-fire goals wrestled any initiative from the new-look Rams line-up, and from there on, the promotion hopefuls won the game with a certain amount of ease.  The irony being that all four games came via Ramsbottom United players, either current or previous.

The game swung in favour of the Ammies on 36 minutes.  Having had a penalty appeal dismissed moments earlier, Salford were awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area on the left, as it was floated into the box, recent Salford signing from Bradford Park Avenue, Billy Priestley, a popular figure during his time in east Lancashire, rose highest to power a header past Grant Shenton in the home goal.

Four minutes later, Shenton raced out of his goal to the right hand side of his area, to scramble the ball away.  Unfortunately it fell kindly to Gary Stopforth who returned the ball from 30 yards into an unguarded net, and, in effect, killed off any chance that the home side might have had.

Salford continued to hold the upper hand in the second half and on 56 minutes, a fine run down the left took John Johnston to the by-line, and his fierce cross found Rams defender Dylan Smith attempting to cut out the danger, only to watch in horror as his flying header bulged the back of the net.

At that point it looked like a case of damage limitation, as the visitors seemed able to coast towards further goals at will, but only one more appeared, and as if to rub salt into the home fans’ wounds, it was another former Rams favourite Jordan Hulme, on 86 minutes, who controlled the ball 12 yards out before unleashing an unstoppable volley past Shenton to emphasise the gap between the two teams.

Indeed, Salford keeper Jay Lynch would be within his rights to return his match fee, for throughout the entire 90 minutes, he wasn’t presented with one testing effort by the ineffectual home forward line.

So whereas relegation is now an accepted consequence of the decision of those who decided to decamp from the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium to the “Class of ’92” fifteen months ago, results such as this will hardly have helped the confidence as the Rams look to rebuild their squad in preparation of a promotion battle in Division One North next season.

TEAMS:
Ramsbottom United: Grant Shenton (capt), Luke Heron, Andrew Smart, Dylan Smith, Nia Bayunu, Jake Cliffe (Joe Shaw 59mins), Daniel Wilkins, Alex Meaney, Cameron Horner (Bevan Burey 63mins), Aaron Smith (Zack Hargreaves 77mins), John Pritchard.  Subs not used: Kevin McGrath, Tom Coulson.
Yellow cards: Dylan Smith

Salford City: Jay Lynch, Chris Lynch (capt), Stephen O’Halloran, Gary Stopforth, Steven Howson, Billy Priestley, John Johnston (Luke Clark 64mins), Scott Burton (Joseph Mwasile 64mins), James Poole (Gareth Seddon 67mins), Tunji Moses, Jordan Hulme.  Subs not used: Evan Gumbs, Daniel Webber
Goals: Billy Priestley (36mins), Gary Stopforth (40mins), Dylan Smith (o.g.) (56mins), Jordan Hulme (86mins)
Yellow cards: Steven Howson

Referee: Kevin Mattocks (Chorley)

    Indeed, Salford keeper Jay Lynch would be within his rights to return his match fee, for throughout the entire 90 minutes, he wasn’t presented with one testing effort by the ineffectual home forward line.

    So whereas relegation is now an accepted consequence of the decision of those who decided to decamp from the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium to the “Class of ‘92” fifteen months ago, results such as this will hardly have helped the confidence as the Rams look to rebuild their squad in preparation of a promotion battle in Division One North next season.

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Shenton, Heron, Smart, D.Smith, Bayunu, Cliffe Shaw 59mins), Wilkins, Meaney, Horner(Burey 63mins), A.Smith(Hargreaves 77mins), Pritchard. Subs not used: McGrath, Coulson

 COMING UP:

Thursday 31st March   Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division     RAMS  v  Matlock Town    7.45pm

Saturday 2nd April    Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division      Colwyn Bay  v  RAMS          3.00pm

Tuesday 5th April      Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division       Matlock Town v  RAMS      7.45pm

NEWS

In a final attempt at putting a winning side together as the Rams stare relegation in the face, manager Garry Vaughan has added his two final pieces in the jigsaw with the addition of two players from neighbours Radcliffe Borough.

Striker Bevan Burey has joined the Rams. The 25 year old began his career at Accrington Stanley where he made one appearance for the League Two side. After a spell with Burscough, and with Welsh outfit Buckley Town, he signed for the Stainton Park outfit before signing for the Rams last week, making his debut off the bench against Salford City.

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                                                             Bevan Burey                       Leandro Parella

    Joining Bevan is Italian full-back Leandro Parrella, a 28 year old who hails from Naples, and who has settled in Prestwich.

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