The Rams make the short journey down the M60 for the return fixture against Droylsden from the lofty position of top of the League.

    Last week’s excellent win against previous table-toppers Workington put the club in it’s highest position since relegation from the Premier Division, with the trick now to stay there until the end of the season.

    Having lost their unbeaten twelve match run the previous game, the Rams showed no lack of confidence in deservedly defeating the Cumbrian side last week in front of a healthy crowd, so that optimism must be taken into the game at the Butchers Arms, as the home team will be determined to gain some sort of revenge for the 5-0 drubbing they received at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium back in December.

    The visitors will arrive in Tameside with an away record of five wins, three draws and four defeats, whilst the hosts boast a record at home of four wins, four draws and three defeats.

    So on the face of it, there appears to be little to choose between the two sides, and the Rams will not be overly-confident with their opponents thirteenth placing in the league, or their earlier victory.

    As manager Chris Willcock confirmed, a 1-0 win would be more than welcome, but the Rams will be hoping for a good support as this is one of the more local away games for the team.

    Being top of the table always brings it’s own pressures with most opponents looking to put one over on such sides, so a fair old battle could be expected down at the Butchers Arms.

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