By Will Place
10 man Prescot stun rampant Rams
Ramsbottom were keen to carry on their good form against bottom of the table Prescot Cables, with the chance to move into second place with a win. Entering the game the Rams were hopeful of a good result.
However, Ramsbottom were given a very early wake-up call as Leon Johnson scored inside 2 minutes for the hosts with a lovely struck effort into the top corner. Prescot continued to control the game having a number of good attempts saved by Tom Stewart.
Rammy failed to muster an effort on goal until around 10 minutes into the game when Domaine Rouse saw his effort comfortably saved by Cables number one, Mitchell Allen. Rammy then started to build their game, putting themselves very much into the match with a headed effort from Steve Hoy which went just wide of the post and then moments later right-back Danny O’Brien forced the keeper into a good save from around 25 yards out.
The Rams continued to keep the pressure on for the remainder of the half but to no avail, with Prescot seeing the remainder of the half out quite comfortably.
Ramsbottom started the second half with a real intensity knowing that they needed to be much better than they were in the first. Domaine Rouse went close when he was put through for a one on one with the goalkeeper but he failed to capitalise. Lee Donafee didn’t leave it long before deciding to change things up a bit when he brought on striker Jamie Rainford for Godwin Abadaki on 56 minutes.
Rainford didn’t wait long to create an impact when he won a penalty after his effort was blocked by the hand of captain James Cooper. Cooper was subsequently sent off for the incident. Jamie Rainford stepped up to take the penalty and slotted it into the top left corner of the goal to level things up.
Rammy continued to push on to try and take the lead in the game, coming very close on a few occasions in the match with efforts from Tom Kennedy, Domaine Rouse and Dahrius Waldron going narrowly wide of the Prescot goal.
Keeper Mitchell Allen made some great saves to keep his side level in the game and this paid dividends when the home side counter-attacked brilliantly to take the lead late on. Leon Johnson got he and his side’s second of the day to put 10 man Cables ahead in the 88th minute.
Ramsbottom were unable to bounce back for a second time. Both players and management will be bitterly disappointed to have not come away with anything against a side who were bottom of the table playing the last half hour with 10 men.
The Rams next game is away to Workington on Tuesday night and Lee Donafee will be eager to see a reaction from his players.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Stewart, O’Brien, Kennedy, Hoy, Hall, Cooper (Power 72′), Abadaki (Rainford 57′), Rother (Iyamu (84′), Rouse, Waldron, Murphy.
Unused subs: Collinge & Brown.
(Lead Image Credit: Danny Wood)