Ramsbottom United travel down the M6 for the second time this season to take on Kidsgrove Athletic, this time in the League. The last venture in August was for an FA Cup tie, under the guidance of former manager Mark Fell, when, having drawn 1-1, the Rams fancied their chances at home in the replay. However, a missed penalty in normal time, followed by more during the eventual penalty shoot-out, saw the Staffordshire side progress at the Rams expense.

Now with new management team and squad in place, it’s a return on a revenge mission in the hope of removing the memory of the team’s first defeat in fourteen matches last Saturday in the controversial reversal against Runcorn Linnets.

As a result of the debatable refereeing, Ramsbottom will be without Kyle Jacobs and Kieran Lugsden, who both must now sit out the next three first team matches.

However, the Rams travel to a team which is so far undefeated on the road in league matches, but have only won once in seven on their home patch, drawing and losing three apiece.

Having been declared the Evo-Stik West club of the month for November, this is an opportunity to put that defeat behind them and begin another impressive run as three league points are on offer before we return to the FA Trophy with a trip to Workington next Saturday.

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