The Rams finally get back to match action for the first time in three weeks.
During that time, they have been dislodged from the top of the table by Workington, who enhanced that position at the expense of the visitors to the HWRS on Saturday, Kendal Town.
The Mintcakes, as they not surprisingly known, suffered an embarrassing 0-6 home defeat against the afore-mentioned Reds last Saturday, and will no doubt arrive in Ramsbottom with a semblance of pride restoration in place.
Their form this season has been disappointing and they currently sit next to the bottom with just 20 points from their 26 games, the same number as their hosts, who have at the same time acquired 55 points.
The home side’s form at the Riverside has been exceptional with eleven wins and just one draw and defeat apiece, whilst the visitors boast a slightly better away record than at Parkside Road, having won three times, drawing twice, but suffering defeat on eight trips.
The bookies would no doubt have this down as a home banker, but much will depend upon how the squad reacts to the enforced mid-winter break (well if the Premier League need one….!).
Providing the Rams come out all guns blazing, then a victory could well be on the cards, but the visitors will be looking to scramble away from the relegation battle, so are hardly likely to lie down.
The club is also looking to welcome many former players and management for a reunion day, which includes hospitality during the game and a Sportsman’s Dinner afterwards, and over eighty ex-Rams have promised to be there.
The hope is that they are able to enjoy a full day of nostalgia, and that the weather will clear up sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead.