Rammy Victorious Against Brave Young Cod Army

Ramsbottom United 3 – 2 Fleetwood Town XI

Tuesday 24th July 2018

Report by Chris Stringer

On a fine Lancashire evening it was The Rams that came out victorious against a young Fleetwood XI side. It was the home side that started most lively and, in the first minute, trialist (no. 8) went close from the edge of the area; his shot fizzed past the left-hand post.

The first 10 minutes of the game were characterised by a strong midfield battle. Rammy’s strength was matched by the slick pace of the Cod Army. Indeed, it was the visitors who looked most likely to make something happen. Ramsbottom came under the cosh on several occasions but the defence held out well – Ellison looked confident at the back and kept the back line of 4 well organised.

The Fleetwood right back, Harrison Holgate, was causing a lot of trouble, with Ramsbottom trialist (no. 3) appearing to struggle at times to deal with his pace. This was particularly evident in the 27th minute when he found Metete in the middle of the box. The midfielder failed to make a solid contact and Sam Ashton easily collected the ball. Holgate looked to be the real creator on the right wing and it was to Ashton’s relief that Ellison and Thompson were communicating well and alert – Fleetwood’s strikers were given very little time on the ball.

Rammy may have been back in the dressing room a few minutes too early when Fleetwood took the lead on the brink of half time. The defence failed to adequately clear danger following an attack from the visitors and the ball fell to Ged Garner who hit a venomous shot from 30 yards out. Ashton did manage a hand to the ball, but it would have taken an exceptional goalkeeper to keep that one out. The visitors walked in ahead at half time and looked good value for their lead.

HALF TIME: Ramsbottom United 0 – 1 Fleetwood Town (Garner 41’)

Fleetwood started the second half with an air of confidence about them and looked to be knocking the ball about nicely. It was clear, however, that The Rams had been fired up at half time. The first real chance of the half fell to Phil Dean who hit a strong shot towards the bottom left corner; the Fleetwood goalkeeper (Trialist no. 1) got in the way of the ball but unconvincingly parried the ball in front of him. A nervy mishap from the visitors who were fortunate that the home side were slow to react.

As the half progressed, Ramsbottom took a grip of the game and started to pull together some nice moves. Dom Marie and Trialist (no. 8) looked to be a real threat to the visitors’ defence. In the 63rd minute The Rams had their best chance of the game when a corner from the left went into the 6-yard area and the resulting scramble saw the ball cleared off the line.

The home side were finally rewarded for their hard work in the 70th minute when Trialist (no. 8) capitalised on a defensive mishap to smash the ball into the bottom corner to level the scores. This followed some good pressing from Marie, whose mazy runs were causing Fleetwood a lot of trouble.

Just 5 minutes later, Rammy almost took the lead thanks to another mazy run by Marie who beat several players and slotted the ball under the goalkeeper. The striker was unlucky to see his attempt hit the upright.

Fleetwood had looked the fitter side through most of the game, but as the game came into its final 10 minutes it was the home side who had the momentum with them. The strength and determination of The Rams was admirable, and they were finally rewarded for their excellent second half performance in the 86th minute when the ball was played over the top to Marie who shrugged off his defenders and he calmly slotted the ball under the goalkeeper. 2 -1.

Just 4 minutes later, Ellison doubled the home sides lead when Harry Foulds curled a well-placed freekick into the penalty area. The defender caught the inexperienced visitors ball watching to nod home. With the final kick of the game, Sam O’Halleron hit a fine strike from 25 yards into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. This proved to be little more than a consolation for the visitors, as Rammy left the field with their first victory of the preseason.

FULL TIME: Ramsbottom United (Trialist (no. 8) 70’, Marie 86’, Ellison 90’) 3 – 2 Fleetwood Town (Garner 41’, O’Halleron 90’)

Ramsbottom United: 1. Sam Ashton, 2. Trialist (Henry 45’), 3. Trialist, 4. Trialist Brookes 45’), 5. Luke Thompson, 6. Ryan Ellison, 7. Luke Jordan, 8. Trialist (Foulds 88’), 9. Trialist (replaced by Marie 45’), 10. Jerome Wright (Trialist (no.16) 88’), 11. Phil Dean.

Subs: 12. Tom Brookes (45’), 14. Harry Foulds (88’), 15. Rob Henry (45’), 16. Trialist (88’), 17. Dom Marie (45’)

Fleetwood Town XI: 1. Trialist (Clayton 56’), 2. Harrison Holgate, 3. Ryan Rydel, 4. Dylan Boyle (Goldsborough 82’), 5. James Hill (Steer 78’), 6. Lewis Baines, 7. Carl Johnstone, 8. Jay Metete, 9. Kian Makepiece, 10. Ged Gardner, 11. Shayden Morris (Mashigo 64’)

Subs: 12. Jamie Cook, 13. Alex Clayton (46’), 14. Katalego Mashigo (64’), 15. Sam O’Halleron , 16. Liam Goldsborough (82’), 17. Kai Steer (78’)

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