The Rams renew rivalries with Radcliffe in a repeat of the Easter Monday fixture just eight days earlier which turned out to be something of a non-event as both sides failed to find the target.

Going into the last fixture of the regular season on Saturday last, Radcliffe had already guaranteed a home play-off spot courtesy of that draw, whilst for the Rams, they were one of four clubs chasing the other three spots. Fortunately that aim was acheived.

During the home game against Kidsgrove, Ramsbottom’s fate changed numerous times throughout the 90 minutes.

It looked like being a home tie against Colne in the play-off semis but then as results altered elsewhere, Leek looked the likely opponents at the HWRS.

With five minutes to go, Leek took the lead at Colwyn Bay, meaning the Rams would need to make the journey down to Staffordshire, before a last minute equaliser for Kidsgrove saw the Rams move down to fifth as the final whistles blew.

The outcome of that was an away day at second placed Radcliffe which sees a Bury Metro derby, the outcome of which will see one of the local sides eliminated, whilst the victors move on to the Play-off Final on Saturday.

The winner will oppose the successful team from the Leek v Colne semi-final, and should Radcliffe win, they will be at home, whilst the Rams, should they overcome their neighbours, will be away.

Promotion should be the eventual prize, but the FA in their wisdom have thrown one or two obstacles in the way, and, without going into detail (it’s too complicated to explain!) there is still the possibility that promotion will be denied.

But that’s for the future.

In the meantime it’s all eyes on the happenings in Radcliffe in what promises to be an exciting and crucial contest.

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