Midweek away games are never easy in this league and never more so when they are away on a filthy evening on the dark side of the Pennines against the league leaders. So to come away with a point in any circumstances would have been an achievement.

FARSLEY 0 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0
The Throstle Nest
Tuesday 8 November 2016
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North
Attendance: 124

To do so with the calm assurance showed by the Rams last night, at the very least being a match for Farsley, is massively encouraging. When the season is reviewednext May, this match and the point gained may be seen as a significant. It could well mark the end of the beginning.

This wasn’t the greatest of games with both teams struggling to put together moves of any sustained quality. There were chances throughout at both ends – Farsley might reflect on two glorious headed chances missed one in each half and a fine save by Charlie Albinson to deny Graeme McKibben but against that Ryan Salmon, ploughing a lone furrow in the absence of Gareth Seddon had his own chances – twice through clear on goal but unable to get a shot away.

As the game progressed though it was the Rams who were coming the stronger and could have grabbed all the points hadJosh Askew not had his shot deflected wide and then Sam Freakes shooting into the side netting when clear.

This though was a performance built around a tigerish midfield effort from Alex Meaney and Damian Green, who brought great influence to the game whenever in possession and a solid defensive effort in which all theback four were assured and Askew and Luke Thompson outstanding.

The young centre half has been in superb form in recent matches. Last night he appeared to damage his arm or shoulder and played the last 20 minutes or so holding his arm across his chest. It brought back memories of Frank Beckanbauer playing with a dislocated shoulder against Russia in 1966 – courage, resilience and no little skill.

The Rams stay in 15th place with 20 points to their name while Farsley regain top spot with 29.

TEAMS:
Farsley: Graeme McKibbin, Aaron Hardy, Adam Clayton, Nathan Turner, Aiden Savory, Paddy Miller (capt), Lewis Nightingale, Ross Daly, James Walshaw, Jacob Hazel, Paul Walker.  Subs: Jordan Deacey (for Nightingale 65mins), Peter Davidson (for Daly 65mins), Chris Howarth (for Walshaw 65mins), Alex Davidson, Jake Lofthouse.

Ramsbottom United: Charlie Albinson, Bradley Roscoe, Josh Askew, Dean Stott (capt), Luke Thompson, Paul Linwood, Damian Green, Alex Meaney, Ryan Salmon, Grant Spencer, Matthew Atherton.  Subs: Lee Botham, Sam Freakes (for Spencer 77mins), Nathanial Taylor (for Meaney 87mins), Oliver Crankshaw, Paul Fildes.

Referee: Edward Stapleton

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