There was a feeling of euphoria amongst the players and supporters of the Rams as this crucial victory preserved the club’s status at Evo-Stik Premier level after a season of more ups and downs than the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
BARWELL 3 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 4
Kirkby Road Sports Ground, Barwell
Saturday 18 April 2015
After hitting the back of the net only three times in the last eight games, the Rams forwards reached over-drive down in Leicestershire, having been pegged back on three occasions, their heads failed to drop and substitute Luke Heron notched a fourth six minutes from time, with the closest the home team came to equalising again was a late effort that cannoned back off the bar.
In a highly entertaining encounter, player-manager Jon Robinson lit the touch paper after only eight minutes when he was on hand to tuck home a fumble by the home keeper from Lee Gaskell’s effort.
Four minutes later the scores were level as Ant Carney volleyed home from 12 yards.
The Rams were awarded a penalty three minutes before the break. These awards do not always result in conversions for the penalty-shy Rams, but Lee Neville took responsibility this time and fired home to give the visitors the lead once more and the Rams went into the break with the advantage.
Five minutes into the second half, however, saw the hosts regain equality, and again it came from the spot, after Jamie Towers was upended. Carney duly converted for his second of the afternoon.
The home keeper Liam Castle was again at fault as Robinson notched his second and the Rams third on 71 minutes, latching on to a poor clearance from the custodian.
However, the customary quick reply duly arrived three minutes later, when the referee’s over-worked finger again pointed to the spot after a touch of deja vu. Towers was once again brought down, and Carney, once again, notched another equaliser to claim the match ball.
Most Rammy supporters would probably have settled for a point at this stage, but the fighting spirit amongst the squad saw them go out for an extra two points to finally stave off any remaining threat of relegation, and their reward duly arrived on 84 minutes. Luke Heron, who had only just arrived from the substitute’s bench, found himself in the right place to convert a cross from Ronbinson and seal the points for the Rams.
Despite the late scare, the woodwork ensured that the long journey home would be made much shorter thanks to their status being preserved after a season to forget.
Three home games this week complete the season, with the Rams now looking for a comfortable mid-table position.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED team: Grant Shenton (capt), Kyle Harrop, Lee Neville, Matt Burke, Mark Ayres, Alex Frost, David Kuba-Kuba, Ian Bennett, Jon Robinson, Lee Gaskell, Osebi Abadaki. Subs: Jake Cliffe, Phil Edghill, George Bowyer (for Bennett 80mins), Jamie Rother (for Robinson 86mins), Luke Heron (for Abadaki 81mins).
GOALS: Jon Robinson (8mins), Lee Neville (pen.) (42mins), Jon Robinson (71mins), Luke Heron (84mins).
Tuesday 21st April – v Frickley Athletic (HOME) 7.45pm
Thursday 23rd April – v Trafford (HOME) 7.45pm
Saturday 25th April – v Matlock Town (HOME) 3.00pm