By Will Place
The Rams roll on with a convincing win over Colne
The Rams had lost the last six against the visitors before this one but a compelling 3-1 victory put an end to that unwanted record and gave Rammy their fourth win in a row.
Two goals in just over 10 minutes in the back end of the first half gave Ramsbottom a real foothold in the game and a basis for them to kick on and put the game beyond their opponents reach in the second half.
Both teams started the game lively with both having early corners and seeing efforts go just narrowly wide. The home side began to step it up a gear around the 25-minute mark creating more chances and really beginning to ask questions of the Colne defence.
Not long after on the 31st minute a lovely corner from skipper Tom Kennedy was brilliantly flicked on by the head of Dahrius Waldren to James Murphy who poked the ball home for his 6th goal in the last 4 games.
Murphy’s goal and inspired form really spurred Rammy on encouraging them to keep creating chances and testing the away side’s keeper.
After a couple of stoppages in play so that the injured Jake Thompson could make way for Godwin Abadaki and so that the referee could clear a duck from the pitch The Rams struck again just on the stroke of halftime. James Murphy was this time the provider, playing the ball back to the edge of the box for the oncoming Eddie Cooper who smashed the ball with the outside of his foot.
The ball somehow managed to make its way through the hands and legs of Colnes number one Ewan McFarlan, leaving the keeper with his head in his hands whilst Cooper wheeled away in celebration.
At the break, the away side made two changes in hope of turning their fortunes around. For a short while the substitutions seemed to have had the desired impact allowing the away side to look more lively and create a few more chances with shouts of a penalty being waved away, a few good chances for William Hasler-Cregg and Reece Webb-Foster went just wide of the post and then some exceptional defending from Will Hall it just didn’t look like it was going to happen for the visitors.
Rams made a substitution of their own bringing on the much loved Jamie Rainford for Jamie Rother in the hope to put the game to bed. Just over ten minutes later on the 84th minute, the substitute helped Ramsbottom to do just that with a lovely layoff for Godwin Abadaki to grab his first goal for the club and Rammy’s third of the evening. Just after the Rams had seemingly put the game to bed they gave a late debut to Ronaldo Brown as he replaced James Murphy.
Colne picked a consolation goal right on the brink of the end of the second half with a beautiful lobbed effort from almost the corner flag. Lee Pugh sent the ball looping over the head of Tom Stewart giving the keeper very little chance of getting to it.
Lee Donafee and his team will be very happy with the result despite conceding late on and that makes it 4 wins in the last 4 for the home side keeping them in 3rd place in the league table. Next up for Donafee’s boys is away at Prescot Cables on Saturday 11th September at 3pm.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Stewart, O’Brien, Kennedy, Hoy, Hall, Cooper, Thompson (Abadaki 42′), Rother (Rainford 69′), Rouse, Waldron, Murphy (Brown 86′)
Unused subs: Power & Collinge
(Lead Image Credit: Danny Wood)