Ramsbottom made their first visit to the Flamingo Land Stadium to take on a Scarborough side that had lost just one league game at their impressive new home.
SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC 2 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 1
Flamingo Land Stadium, Scarborough
Saturday 4 November 2017
The visitors were looking to build on their impressive victory against Shaw Lane on Tuesday night but were grateful to keeper Danny Taberner for making an excellent save on just three minutes from Grimsby loanee Wright as the home team started positively.
Scarborough were looking an attacking threat early on in the contest but the Rams responded with their first shot on goal as a rasping Phil Dean effort was tipped for a corner by home stopper Taylor.
The deadlock was broken on the quarter hour mark when a contentious and certainly not intentional handball was given against Tom Brooks and ex-Barnsley midfield Coulson sent a superb 25-year curling free-kick past Taberner to give the hosts the lead in front of an excellent crowd of 953.
After suffering the setback, the visitors responded by winning a number of corners but couldn’t take advantage and were to fall further behind on 26 minutes when the impressive Max Wright surged into the Rams box before unleashing a powerful shot which hit the inside of the post before falling kindly back to the same player who doubled the home sides advantage.
The scoreline was no more than Scarborough deserved although the away side almost grabbed a lifeline as Dean again brought a smart low save from Taylor and Brooks fired over as the half time whistle blew and the Rams were contemplating a fifth successive away defeat in the league.
Ramsbottom started the second half as they had finished the first with Jamie Rother testing Taylor before making way for Sam Heathcote in an attacking change on 52 minutes. Almost immediately the deficit was halved as a fine Jerome Wright cross found an unmarked Josh Heaton at the fat post who stooped to head in his second Rams goal in three appearances.
Scarborough responded straight away and Taberner was at his best to tip over a blistering drive for a corner but it was Ramsbottom that were applying plenty of pressure in a much improved second half showing.
Mark Fell made his second change when Spencer replaced Brooks on 66 minutes. Scarborough were looking a threat on the break as the Rams pushed more men forward looking for an equaliser their play merited as the home supporters began to show their frustrations.
Dean fired over for the visitors whilst Wright reciprocated and went on a mazy run before firing wide of the target as the match was becoming more open as the minutes ticked by.
Parity was almost restored on 83 minutes when Jerome Wright floated a cross towards Luke Thompson at the far post and with the goal seemingly at his mercy, a home defender nudged the Rams defender off balance and the header sailed wide of the target.
This would prove to be the last chance of the game as the Rams slipped to an unfortunate defeat by Mark Fell’s side could take some positives from an excellent second half performance that on another day could have yielded at least a point from the trip to North Yorkshire.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Taberner, Roscoe, Brownhill, Moran, Thompson, Heaton, Dean, Rother (Heathcote 54mins), Brooks (Spencer 66mins), Daniels, Wright. Subs not used: Stott, Meaney, Williams.
Tuesday 7th November – Integro Cup – RAMS v Stalybridge Celtic (7.45pm)
*** Please note as this is a re-arranged game following the first match having to be called off due to floodlight failure, there will be FREE ADMISSION for all ***
Saturday 11th November – FA Trophy 2Q Round – Altrincham v RAMS (3pm)
HERE ARE FRANK CROOK’s PICTURES FROM THE GAME