Rammy fell short on Saturday losing 2-1 against Northern Premier League Division One South East side Stocksbridge Park.

The Rams starting line-up consisted of some familiar faces in Tom Kennedy, Mason Fawns, Ben Hampson, Richie Baker and Jamie Rother, as well as new signing Dahrius Waldron made his first start for Rammy.

The bench also included recent additions with Tony Donaldson, Jake Thompson and Khalil Osi-Efa being included.

Rammy started brightly when Fawns did well to force a corner and from the resulting corner Hampson missed the target from close range.

The home side soon grew into the game but Rammy still created a good chance which fell to Rother just inside the area but the Stocksbridge keeper held onto the ball well.

The home side started to threaten when Ruthven tested the Rammy keeper from just outside the box which was well parried away.

On 28 minutes, Stocksbridge managed to find a way past the Rams keeper following Rammy giving the ball away cheaply in midfield, Nodder raced through and calmly slotted the ball home to make it 1-0.

It didn’t take Chris Willcocks’ men long to respond though as just 10 minutes later trialist 9 raced into the box from the left hand side of the area and fired home meaning the game was level going into half time.

The second half started much like the first half had been with both sides creating chances with Waldron poking wide from close range for Rammy and the home side then went straight to the other end and blasted over from close range.

Just before the hour mark, the home side doubled their advantage when Nodder grabbed his second of the game with a dipping shot from the edge of the area.

Rammy were fortunate not to go 3-1 down not long later but a goal line clearance kept the Rams in the game.

The Rams continued to battle until the end of the game and were unfortunate not to come away with a draw through two chances from trialist 12, one which was cleared off the line and another which was narrowly prodded wide from a Mason Fawns cross.

Despite late pressure the Rams sadly couldn’t draw level and the game ended in defeat.

Despite defeat, Chris Willcocks men showed fighting spirit and as always with pre-season, it provided another good test to step up the fitness levels ahead of the new campaign which starts in the FA Cup on saturday.

You Rams!

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