If there were any doubts that the managements and team see themselves in other than a vicious fight to retain their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League status, never mind the games in hand, the approach to this game should consign them to the rubbish bin.

BUXTON 1 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 1
The Silverlands
Tuesday 17th March 2015
Attendance: 197

What the performance lacked in quality, the brief being to win tackles and lump the ball aimlessly forward, was made up by sheer guts, passion and effort.

Such was Buxton’s dominance, both in possession and territorially, the only real surprise was that it took them 65 minutes to score having carved out any number of openings and wasting some glorious chances not least when Joe McGee shot against the inside of the post, the ball rebounding to a Rams foot and then on 60 minutes, Greg Young lofted over from six yards out with the net gaping.

At that moment, the Rams thought they might just be in for a night of total good fortune but, five minutes later, the defence was sucked to the near post and Alistair Taylor drove home from an angle.  The feeling was that once behind, that would be it but to their credit in a rare couple of minutes of controlled football, the Rams managed to push forward and find a bit of pressure.  Vinny Mukundi headed back into the path of Lee Gaskell on the edge of the area and he hit the sweetest of shots both in terms of execution and outcome past Aaron Jameson.

Buxton’s lead had lasted less than two minutes.

After that, though, normal service was resumed.  How Buxton did not score again will forever remain a mystery but there were moments when the Rams almost grabbed a victory as unlikely as Custer walking away from the Little Big Horn.  A bit more composure might have been Luke Heron taking another couple of paces into the box before shooting, having been sent clear by the magnificent Lee Neville – but no more magnificent than the others in the back four – and then with only minutes left, sub Tom Hartley’s cut back from the bye line threw the Buxton defence into confusion and only a set of last ditch blocks from Gaskell and Jon Robinson’s efforts prevented the Rams from going in front.

It was symptomatic of the game though that Buxton turned that alarm into rapid attack and in what seemed an age of added on time into a last frantic unavailing siege of the beleaguered Rams defence.|

At the final whistle, the Rams galloped out of the Black Hills of Buxton before the local constabulary across the street could being charges of grand larceny of a point.

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED team: Grant Shenton (capt), Kyle Harrop, Lee Neville, Matthew Burke, Mark Ayres, George Bowyer, Tom Williams, Ian Bennett, Vinny Mukendi, Lee Gaskell, Luke Heron.  Subs: Tom Hartley (for Burke 87mins), David Kuba-Kuba (for Bennett 68mins), Alex Frost, Phil Edghill, Jon Robinson (for Mukendi 79mins).

Goals: Lee Gaskell (66 mins)

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