By Will Place
Ramsbottom in control from start to finish in a convincing win.
The Rams took a maximum of 9 points from 3 games in just 6 days thanks to a dominant 3-0 win away at Mossley on Monday afternoon.
Mossley started the game one place ahead of Ramsbottom with just two points separating the sides in the league.
Ramsbottom controlled the game from start to finish and created chances throughout the whole half. It was just before the half-hour mark Rammy found the breakthrough with a lovely header from Will Hall. James Murphy doubled the away sides lead just after half time and Jamie Rainford put the final nail in the coffin in the last 10 minutes of the match.
There was only one change for Ramsbottom from their resounding 7-1 victory on Saturday, as Jamie Rother came in to replace Godwin Abadaki.
Jake Thompson was the liveliest player in the early stages of the game causing the Mossley defence lots of problems with his electrifying speed and fast footwork, frequently winning Ramsbottom corners and putting teasing balls into the opposition’s box.
Steve Hoy came close on 24 minutes glancing a header from a great corner kick narrowly over the bar. The Rams only had to wait another 3 minutes for their opening goal of the game when a fabulous cross from Jake Thompson found Will Hall at the back post who directed his header back into the centre of the box, which found Domaine Rouse. Rouse returned the ball back to Hall and he nodded the ball into the top left-hand corner of the goal.
Rammy continued to dominate after the opener and kept the ball well in the Mossley half, not really letting the home side escape out of their half and not allowing them to create any real opportunities.
The away side started the second half in the same vein as the first, not giving the opposition a second to breathe and the pressure soon told once again as James Murphy continued his fine form from Saturday’s game into this one when he doubled Rammy’s lead. Goalkeeper Dale Latham made a fine save from another Will Hall header but the ball fell to the head of the in-form James Murphy who headed it into the almost empty Mossley goal.
Mossley tried to push on and create some chances of their own but Tom Stewart was equal to what they had to offer. The home side saw their best chance of the game come in the 81st minute when they were 12 yards from goal but somehow managed to put their effort convincingly wide of the post.
Just 2 minutes later Ramsbottom’s second-half substitution put the final nail in the Mossley coffin when he made it 3-0 to the visitors. James Murphy made a darting run up the left-hand side and played a great ball into the path of Rainford who slotted it home calmly.
Mossley did find the back of the net in the final few minutes but the referee ruled the goal out on the grounds of a foul on Owen Collinge.
The Rams saw out the final few minutes and ended the game deserved 3-0 winners and Manager Lee Donafee will be thoroughly impressed with the 3 games that he’s seen this week, with his team moving up to 3rd in the league level on points with second place Clitheroe.
Ramsbottom’s next game is at home to Colne on Tuesday 7th September.
Speaking after the game, manager Lee Donafee said: “I’m proud to be managing this group of players.
“We spoke about our focus and the plan I wanted to apply to this game and the lads have done that.
“The efforts not just today of the players and my management team but over the last 3 games have been outstanding.
“We started the game well which was pleasing and although I felt fatigue may kick in at some point the lads worked their socks off with some excellent control throughout the game.
“I’m really pleased with the clean sheet Tom Stewart made two outstanding saves today and he and his defence deserved that clean sheet. Great performance overall but an even better 6 days”
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Stewart, O’Brien (Collinge 87′), Kennedy, Hoy, Hall, Cooper, Thompson (Power 65′), Rother (Rainford 71′), Rouse, Waldron, Murphy
Unused subs: Collins & Abadaki