The Rams could, should and would have got a deserved point out of this game except for an unfortunate mishap by keeper Ashley Shenton. While never reaching the level of performance achieved at Colne, they will know that while to come away empty handed was very disappointing, defeats of this kind are always on the cards in a league in which away games are always a challenge and that the reverse can reasonably be seen as a blip in the upwards trajectory of performance and not a reverse into the despond of the early season.
SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC 3 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 2
Saturday 22nd October 2016
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North
For 180 seconds it looked like the Rams were going to pick up exactly where they left off at Colne. Gareth Seddon pulled a foul on the edge of the Scarborough box and Grant Spencer sent his free kick into the top corner with the aid of a slight deflection.
Encouraged by this, the Rams flew straight back into attack from the restart but when the attack down the left broke down with Josh Askew stranded there was no cover when long and lanky Benny Igiehon picked up the clearance on the half way line. His trespass into the Rams halfshepherded all the way seemed to be interminable. The tackle never came and perhaps Ashley Shenton, expecting the tackle to come, hung back a little longer than necessary presenting Igiehon with a choice of posts to shoot inside – which he took with aplomb.
From that frenetic start matters then calmed down. Both teams tried to play the ball out from the back but threats on either goal were as rare as donkeys on Bridlington beach. Jordan Porter in the home nets was occasionally troubled by crosses swerving in the gusty wind while at the other end the nearest Scarborough came was a volley wide by Carl Stewart when well placed at the far post.
The equilibrium lasted just three minutes into the half. Shenton, under pressure, could only deflect a corner over the bar for a second and from that Cameron Murray received the ball short and meandered towards the edge of the box. From there his side-footed shot was without apparent menace but evaded any number of Rams defenders and Shenton, who tried to block with legs rather than hands and to some surprise the ball nestled just inside the side netting.
Undeterred the Rams battled back. Ollie Crankshaw forced his way into the box and found Gareth Seddon who danced round two defenders to send in a low powerful shot that Porter did well to keep out. The ball fell to the feet of Ryan Salmon and he thrashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Play passed back and forth until with 25 minutes left Shenton’s day, which had never been easy, completely deteriorated. Murray moved in from the left and let loose a shot which lacked all the attributes in terms of power, swerve and direction that would have rendered it dangerous. Shenton appeared to collect it calmly but then the ball spilled and Carl Stewart was on hand to gratefully receive the generosity.
At that stage Scarborough appeared to sense the good fortune which saw them back in front and fearing another Rams fight back made defensive minded substitutions and went back into their shell.
The Rams took the invitation to press forward bravely committing eight and nine men into attack. A free kick in a reprise of that which opened the scoring saw Grant Spencer’s effort this time well saved low at the post but beyond that the Rams struggled to find a clear opening relying too much on long high balls into the box all of which Porter snuffled with unflappable assurance.
So the Rams returned home not liking to be besides the seaside.
Next up are Prescot Cables at home on Saturday in the FA Trophy.
Scarborough Athletic: Jordan Porter, Niall Flint, Dave Merris (capt), Jamie Price, Ellis Humble, Matthew Turnbull, Carl Stewart, Eddy Birch, Benny Igiehon, Adam Bolder, Cameron Murray. Subs: David Brown (for Igiehon), Jordan Harrison, Callum Robinson, Chris Bolder, Tom Morgan.
Ramsbottom United: Ashley Shenton, Bradley Roscoe, Josh Askew, Sam Freakes, Lee Botham, Paul Linwood, Oliver Crankshaw, Grant Spencer, Ryan Salmon, Gareth Seddon, Damian Green. Subs: George Mannion, Matthew Atherton (for Crankshaw 74mins), Alex Meaney (for Freakes 42mins), Jake Cliffe (for Botham 84mins), Nat Taylor.