The reported post match dressing room traumas after the defeat to Trafford on Saturday at first seemed to have had a cathartic effect on the Rams who started the game brightly playing with some spirit that has been missing in recent matches.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0 SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC 4
Harry Williams Riverside Stadium
Tuesday 28 March 2017
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North
This lasted for about 20 minutes until Scarborough found their feet and began to put pressure on the Rams defence, looking dangerous from every dead ball and bringing a couple of smart saves from Martin Fearon. Even then the Rams could have gone into the interval ahead had Grant Spencer’s deflected shot not brought a good save at the near post by young (and very self assured) Joe Green in the Scarborough nets. Instead the Rams went in behind to the final touch of the first 45 minutes – Chris Boulder slipping his marker and stooping low to head in from a corner.
It takes some effort to imagine what goes on in the Rams dressing room at half time but it surely cannot include re-motivation, re-organisation or re-energising. There is absolutely nothing that can be said to describe the Rams performance in the second half because there was not one. Scarborough had to do nothing more than defend calmly the odd aimless ball pumped forward and indulge in the basic skills of a bit of pass and movement. Just past the hour Fearon did well to save low at the post. The Rams failed to clear the corner and Matt Turnbull shot into the corner from around the penalty spot. Fearon again did well to save a free header from another corner but then could do nothing to stop a looping Jacob Hazel shot from the corner of the box.
Noises of grumble and dissent had already started to emerge from the home fans matched only by on-field bickering and when Hazel again popped up in the final minute drifting to the left edge of the box before firing back across Fearon into the bottom corner they turned into dark muttering of another lost season.
Things are not good at the HWRS.