Integro League Cup Second Round
Tuesday 14th January 2020
Trafford 5 Ramsbottom United 2
Report by Adam Clark
Ramsbottom United’s unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday night as were beaten 5-2 by Trafford in the Integro Cup second round, the hosts came into this game having not won in seven.
The Rams made five changes from the win at the City of Liverpool on Saturday – Daniel Naidole, Richie Baker, Mason Fawns, Greg Daniels & Karl Jones came in for Tom Kennedy, Jamie Rother, Reuben Jerome, Nic Evangelinos & Reece Fishwick. Unlike the first round, no development squad members made the sixteen.
It took eight minutes for the first Rammy shot on goal, Greg Daniels’ effort from the edge of the box was easily saved by Trafford keeper Matt Cooper.
Trafford took the lead just three minutes later, former Ram Max Hazeldine slotted home at the back post after a well worked team goal down the left-hand side.
Straight from the kick-off, the Rams looked to form a response to going a goal down, Mason Fawns took a firm shot from the edge of the box but it was well saved by Cooper.
Trafford doubled their lead on fourteen minutes from the penalty spot, Eddie Moran fouled Darius Palma just inside the box, Palma dusted himself down to take the spot kick, it was a well taken kick that Bradley Wade nearly got to.
The Rams had a free kick midway through the first half that could have got them back in the came, Baker played the ball to Gooden on the left who made a run to just outside the box, but his shot sailed over the bar.
Hazeldine looked to add another goal to his tally on 33 minutes, when he beat Thompson but his shot was just wide.
A third goal for the hosts on 39 minutes deflated the visitors as they failed to clear their lines and home captain Sam Egerton drove home from close range to make it 3-0.
TNS loanee, Josh Hmami had the last shot of the first half, his effort rattled the bar before the referee brought a disappointing first half for the Rams to a close.
HALF TIME – Trafford 3 Rams 0
Just before the hour mark, Greg Daniels took an opportunistic shot from 30 yards out, it went just over beforeTrafford put the game to bed with a fourth just five minutes later. The ever-dangerous Palma notched his second of the evening having received the ball from Amado, he was able to walk through the Rams defence with ease and slot home.
As if to make a fight of the contest, the Rams then scored two goals in a minute, the first of which was an own goal by Trafford skipper Sam Egerton after his defensive header curled passed his own keeper. The second came from the penalty spot after Gooden was fouled just inside the box, and substitute Nic Evangelinos stepped up to take it and he buried it well to give the Rams a chance in this cup tie.
Rammy should have had a third just two minutes later, after more good work from Evangelinos on the left saw him thread an excellent cross to the unmarked Eddie Moran but his close range effort was somehow saved on the line by the Trafford keeper when it looked as though a goal had to result.
Shortly after that the Rams had another penalty claim that was waved away by the referee.
Mason Fawns had a good chance nine minutes from time. He took a shot from 20 yards out and if it had been a few inches lower it would have been in the roof of the net. Then two minutes later, Rams loanee keeper Bradley Wade was called upon to make a double save, first to deny Hazeldine then Palma.
The Rams spirited fightback was ultimately to fail as Trafford added a fifth on 84 minutes. Sam Baird rose above everyone in the box and headed home from a corner, after the goal there was a couple of minutes of deliberations between the three officials, after claims of an off the ball incident as the ball came in from the corner but no action was taken and the goal stood.
The Rams were unable to get back into the game, so they fell to their first defeat since November 2nd against Marine.
So the League Cup no longer holds ant interest for the team but it’s back to the more important bread-and-butter of the League where the Rams sit in second spot just one point behind leaders Workington. Next up for Chris Willcock’s team is a trip up the M62 to face Brighouse Town, who sit in 10th place, 12 points off the play-offs.
Ramsbottom United – Wade, Moran, Naidole, Baker, Thompson (Evangelinos 46’), Lugsden, Gooden, Fawns, Daniels (Jerome 76′), Hmami, Jones. Unused subs – Kennedy, Rother, Hampson.