This game was remarkable for some outstanding goalkeeping by Shane Bland in the Whitby nets, a level of wastefulness in front of goal by the Rams that would leave a Russian oligarch shamefaced and last but not least Jon Robinson’s 100th goal for the club.
The Rams set off where they had left off on Saturday against Buxton, all sharpness speed and zip around the box.

They could have been two up in the first few minutes if not denied by Bland who set his stall out from the outset but found himself beat after only seven minutes when Jordan Hulme received Phil Dean’s low cross with his back to goal on the penalty spot.  He turned smartly and shot low into the corner.

The visitors were finding Hulme just too hot to handle and could barely get their foot to the ball apart from desperate clearances and flying saves and when McTiernan was sent off after 25 minutes for throwing his arm into the face of Gary Stopforth, the home crowd expected a goal deluge which did not materialise.

The Rams grew complacent and sloppy and Whitby to their credit refused to capitulate.  The second half started slowly but then there was a crazy 25 minutes in which the Rams managed to spurn more chances than Imelda Marcos had pairs of shoes, even shooting wide of a gaping net or just close enough to Bland to allow him to pull off save after save.

It was poetic justice, that when the dam finally burst with 15 minutes left, it was by way of a own goal from Bullock turning in Hulme’s low cross which might otherwise have evaded the Rams attackers.  Two minutes later, Dean collected the ball on the edge of the box and shot low across Bland in to the corner.

Finally in added time Jon Robinson, on as a substitute in his now normal cameo role, won the ball 25 yards out and wriggled his way into the box.  The tackle that brought him down was inevitable as was the absence of anyone but he to take the penalty.

Low into the centre of the net it went for his 100th goal in 152 appearances for the club – fittingly the last kick of the match.

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED team: Grant Shenton, Dominic Smalley, Joel Pilkington, Gary Stopforth, Steven Howson, Cedric Krou, Osebi Abadaki, Scott Burton, Jordan Hulme, Grant Spencer, Phil Dean.  Subs: Tom Williams (for Spencer 77mins), Nelson Mota, Lee Gaskell (for Hulme 77mins), Jon Robinson (for Abadaki 77mins), Lee Pugh.

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