By Adam Clark
Ramsbottom were looking to pick themselves up from a disappointing defeat at Prescot Cables at the weekend, with a positive result at Workington on Tuesday night.
Lee Donafee made one change to his starting eleven for the long trip to the Lake District, Jamie Rainford came in for the injured Godwin Abadaki, whilst Jake Thompson returned to the bench after injury.
The first chance of the game came within three minutes Steven Rigg curled his around the Rammy backline only for it to be saved by Tom Stewart.
Workington took the lead shortly after Brad Hubbold put through a ball through to Rowan Roache and he slipped the ball past Stewart to get his first goal from open play in a redshirt. His previous two under Chris Willcock have been from the penalty spot.
Jamie Rainford had the first chance for the Rams on 19 minutes, he got his boot on the end of a decent cross but ends up comfortably in the keeper’s arms.
Donafee was forced into an early change after Eddie Copper picked up an injury midway through the first half, he was replaced by Kayle Power.
Rainford was well involved in the action, this time a close-range header went narrowly wide of the target. It was clear to see that Rammy were looking for that equaliser before the break.
But Workington weren’t giving up, as three chances for them followed in the next ten minutes. Stewart saved well to deny Charlie Bowman, goalscorer Rowan Roache had a shot go narrowly wide of the target and Rigg, who had the first chance of the game, had his goal ruled out for offside from close range.
Just before the break, the referee showed two red cards as a member of each side coaching staff were sent to the stands.
Following that discussion on the sidelines, the referee indicated six added minutes and mid-way through that the Rams had the ball in the net, but the assistant had adjudged it had gone out of play in the build-up and a corner was awarded and cleared.
The Rams started the second half well, but their first attack was halted as the offside flag was raised.
Workington were up against a sustained period of Rammy possession. After a good ball into the box, a header goes just wide of the target and out for a goal kick.
The home side made a double change on the hour mark bringing on former Ram Irwyah Gooden & Donae Lawrence for Paul Marshall & Charlie Bowman, and it was Lawrence who started brightly, he took an optimistic shot, but it sailed over the bar.
Will Hall got involved with the attack shortly after, two chances for the loanee, the first was a long-range shot from 35-yards that the keeper was forced to push wide and the second, a header from him cannoned off the bar.
Gooden was looking to make an impression against his former side, a good ball across from Roache just missed Rigg but the winger raced in at the far post, but his side-footed shot was over the bar.
Workington were looking for a second when James Murphy brought down Matty Clarke to prevent a dangerous attack. He was booked for the foul. The resulting free-kick came to nothing.
Goalscorer Rowan Roache was substituted shortly after due to a shoulder injury, he was replaced by another former Rammy player Reuben Jerome.
Workington controlled the play in the final minutes of the game, they had one final chance to double their lead in stoppage time but the shot rattled the post.
Unfortunately, the Rams make the 128-mile trip back to Lancashire with no points, but we move onto Saturday with a home fixture against Glossop North End.
Please come down to the Riverside and show your support.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Stewart, O’Brien, Kennedy, Hoy, Hall, Cooper (Power 24’), Rainford, Waldron (Iyamu 86’), Murphy.
Unused subs: Collinge, Brown & Thompson.
(Lead Image Credit: Ben Challis)