Lancaster City arrived at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium having thrashed New Mills 6-0 in their previous game. They left with their tales between their legs having suffered a defeat by the same margin against the Rams. Such are the vagaries of football.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 6-0 LANCASTER CITY
On the night, the home side was simply untouchable.
The rout began in the fifth minute when a long ball out of defence saw Jon Robinson flick the ball on for Tom Brooks, who raced through to plant the ball past Mike Hale in the City goal.
Vehement protests for offside were turned away by the officials, much to the visitors anger.
Minutes later, Brooks was again played through, this time by Grant Spencer, but Hale managed to snuff out the danger.
Spencer, it was, who fired just wide from 25 yards after a superb low cross from Dominic Smalley was partially cleared by the visitors’ defence.
Hale was twice asked to produce first-class saves as wave after wave of home attacks reined down on the City goal.
He first denied Billy Priestley’s close range effort before brilliantly tipping over Robinson’s goalbound header from Spencer’s free-kick.
It was no surprise when the Rams doubled their lead on 23 minutes.
A fine inswinging cross from the right by Owen Roberts found Jordan Hulme ghosting in behind the defence to despatch a firm header past the keeper.
Four minutes later Spencer almost made it three when his free-kick by the left wing corner flag grazed the far post as the City defence scambled the ball to safety.
A fine one-two between Brooks and Phil Dean sent the latter through but the over-worked Hale managed to scramble it away for a corner which Priestley headed over.
Brooks, Dean and Smalley were all denied in the closing minutes of a first half totally dominated by the Rams.
The second half had barely started before it was “game over”.
On 47 minutes, Robinson was played in on the left-hand side of the area, and he turned before firing past Hale, and just two minutes later Brooks found space in the box to blast home the fourth.
On a rare foray into the Rams half, Grant Shenton produced a superb close-range save to deny Mark Jackson, before having to deal with a long-range effort from Gavin Clark, as the visitors looked for some consolation, but two goals in the last ten minutes emphasised the Rams superiority on the night.
Substitutes Tommy Toth and Lee Gaskell combined to send the latter through, and he made no mistake from ten yards, before Smalley ended the night’s goal spree as he raced into the box before confidently placing the ball past Hale.
A thoroughly entertaining performance from the Rams which, on this showing, should certainly see them climbing the league table pretty quickly.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Shenton, Hulme, Roberts, Stopforth(Toth 76mins), Warrender, Priestley, Smalley, Spencer(Edghill 69mins), Robinson(Gaskell 71mins), Brooks, Dean. Subs not used: Warburton, Morley