The Rams close their pre-season programme on Saturday when they travel to Shawbridge for 3pm kick-off against former league rivals Clitheroe. It is a final chance for the players to cement their place in the starting line-up for the opening league game next Saturday.
MATCH: Clitheroe v RAMSBOTTOM UNITED
Venue: Shawbridge, Clitheroe
Date: Saturday 9th August 2014
Traditionally, these two sides have always produced entertaining encounters, and this is the last pre-season game for the Rams before they begin life at the new higher level of the Evo-Stik Premier.
MATCH REPORT FROM LAST PRE-SEASON MATCHES
Friday 1st August 2014 – Ramsbottom United 0 Bury XI 0
Despite the lack of goals, both sides, containing a mixture of squad players and trialists treated a damp crowd to an entertaining game.
On a pristine playing surface, both teams produced a style of passing football that was good on the eye, and whilst clear-cut chances were at a premium, the standard of football on display suggested that the fans of both clubs are in for an enjoyable campaign.
The nearest anyone came to breaking the deadlock came two minutes from time when the Rams’ Grant Spencer unleashed a drive from the edge of the penalty area that smacked against the inside of the post with Rob Lainton in the Bury goal well beaten, but the ball bounced back into play.
A useful run-out for both squads and an ideal opportunity for both managers to run the run over a number of potential newcomers.
Tuesday 5th August – Ramsbottom United 2 Radcliffe Borough 1
Ramsbottom United and Radcliffe Borough played out a low-key pre-season friendly with the home side choosing to trial a number of potential signings again.
Both sides made a number of substitutions in a game which went the way of the Rams.
It took just three minutes for the Evo-Stik Premier side to take the lead. A long cross ball found winger Phil Dean on the left-hand side, and from the corner of the penalty area he produced a perfect lob to beat Chris Cheetham in the Borough goal.
Dean was instrumental in the Rams second on 36 minutes as his low cross from the left was tucked away from close range by last year’s leading scorer Lee Gaskell.
Radcliffe managed a late response when, with three minutes to go Elliott Rokka weaved his way into the area before chipping the ball home, and there was still time as Radcliffe almost grabbed an equaliser. Danny Lafferty played his way into the box, but chose to shoot instead of cross, and the ball sailed into the side netting.