Bet Victor Northern Premier League North West Division

Thursday 26th December 2019

Ramsbottom United 7 Mossley 1

Attendance: 410

Report by Aaron Benson

Ramsbottom ended 2019 in fine style with a crushing 7-1 win over Mossley bringing some extra festive cheer for the home supporters. In another superb home performance, goals from Tom Kennedy, Karl Jones, Nic Evangelinos, a brace for Reuben Jerome and one each from Josh Hmami and Mason Fawns ensured all three points. Jamie Rainford was the scorer for Mossley.

Two changes were made to the side held at Widnes five days previous. Jamie Rother and Mason Fawns dropped to the bench as Nic Evangelinos and Josh Hmami came into the starting eleven.

Mossley started the game the brighter side looking dangerous on the counter-attack, with wingers Raheem Hanley and Kayde Coppin especially menacing. Earning the first shot of the match, Coppin drove at the Rams defence, yet his effort was straight at keeper Tom Stewart. Playing towards their supporters which included one fan blowing a horn, Ben Halfacre scuffed a shot well wide of the post. At the other end in Ramsbottom’s first forward encounter, Nic Evangelinos was brought down in the penalty area which earned his side a penalty. Tom Kennedy tucked the ball away with ease placing the ball in the top left corner after only 10 minutes.

Hanley and Coppin were causing all sorts of problems for the home side. The latter fed Halfacre on the edge of the box yet he could only stab the ball wide. The chances were aplenty at both ends, Luke Thompson saw a header blocked on the line before Evangelinos hammered an attempt over the bar. It was third-time lucky moments later when Karl Jones tucked away a free-flowing attacking move, something the Rams have done with ease in recent weeks.

Just after the half an hour mark Mossley halved the Rams advantage. A defensive mistake at the back caught Rammy cold as former striker Jamie Rainford punished the backline as the visitors got a foothold back into the game. However, all their work was undone on the stroke of halftime as Kennedy proved once again in Mossley’s side. A superb long-range ball from the left-back spilt the defence in half with Evangelinos the receiver. Latching onto the pass, he tucked the ball away with a superb finish past Theo Roberts.

The second half was an onslaught of goals as Rammy started to turn the screw. The half started perfectly as Ramsbottom scored their fourth through Reuben Jerome inside the first two minutes. From a tight angle on the left, the number nine weaved through two defenders slipping the ball over the line with an eye of the needle finish. Constantly looking for their fifth, Hmami’s shot stung the palms of Roberts in another good chance, although Willcock’s side didn’t have to wait much longer as Jerome scored his second beating Roberts with a cool finish. The sixth soon followed as Hmami’s forward run was matched perfectly by Evangelinos’s pass. The number 11 held off several opposition players as he found the midfielder who completed the move notching up the sixth.

The Rams reached seventh heaven through substitute Mason Fawns. On in the place of Evangelinos, a dangerous run from the left wing was followed up by a finish with which Roberts was unable to stop. Mossley to their credit never gave up and Stewart was kept busy till the final whistle. Coppin forced the keeper into a strong save tipping the effort wide of the target. The seven goals were the most scored by a Ramsbottom side since 2014.

Manager Willcock was jubilant after the game. ‘’I thought we were outstanding. The lads prepared for the game well and we were well rewarded for it going forward. We are finding ways to not get beat and that is pleasing. We are now eight games unbeaten and moving forward in the right direction’.

‘Our performance levels dropped against Widnes but we managed to pick something up there which is crucial. After six games unbeaten I said can we get to 10 and that’s a big goal for us. We are not at 10 yet but we need to keep raising the bar. I need to ask more of the players and they need to ask more of themselves. However, It’s a tricky time of year this and we can’t get complacent. There’s along the way to go but we’re moving in the right direction, only focusing all the time on what we are doing’.

Ramsbottom United: Stewart, Fishwick, Kennedy (c) (Daniels 78′), Moran, Thompson, Lugsden, Jones, Hmami (Naidole 61′), Jerome, Baker, Evangelinos (Fawns 67′)

Unused subs: Rother & Hampson

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