Ram­pant Rams

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EVO-STIK NORTH RAMS­BOT­TOM ................ 3 TRAF­FORD ....................... 1 JON HASLAM

AN un­changed Rams­bot­tom United side took to the field as Fri­day night foot­ball ar­rived at the HWRS against a Traf­ford side look­ing for their first win of the sea­son and which con­tained ex-Rams goal­keeper Grant Shen­ton and for­mer de­fender Paul Lin­wood.

The home side started the brighter and had the first chance of the con­test as a su­perb pass from Brad Roscoe found Jerome Wright, who shot wide when well po­si­tioned.

Traf­ford were look­ing to get a foothold in the game and at­tempted to use tar­get man James Dean as a fo­cal point of the at­tack as of­ten as pos­si­ble.

Mark Fell’s men al­most took the lead on 25 min­utes when the en­er­getic Jamie Rother sent in a cross shot which just evaded the on­rush­ing Ben Richard­son at the far post as the hosts tried to capi- talise on their en­cour­ag­ing start to the match.

This was a sign of things to come as on the half hour Wright again found him­self in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion but this time the Rams lead­ing marks­man gave the home side the lead after his ini­tial shot was blocked by Shen­ton be­fore tap­ping the ball into the net to de­servedly give the hosts the ad­van­tage and claim his sixth goal in seven ap­pear­ances for Rams­bot­tom.

The home side ap­peared to be hav­ing the bet­ter of the play and looked the more threat­en­ing as the half wore on with Greg Daniels show­ing his strength on the edge of the box be­fore turn­ing and fir­ing a shot on goal which Shen­ton com­fort­ably dealt with.

Traf­ford looked to get back into the match and re­claimed par­ity just prior to the half time whis­tle when the Rams strug­gled to clear the ball be­fore Scott Seph­ton shot past Martin Fearon via a slight de­flec­tion.

The break ar­rived with the sides level as the Rams sought to con­tinue their promis­ing start to the cam­paign, the home side cer­tainly be­gan the half the stronger with Traf­ford hav­ing the bet­ter of the last ten min­utes or so of the first 45 min­utes.

Rams­bot­tom be­gan the sec­ond half in pos­i­tive fash­ion as they looked to claim their 4th home league win in four out­ings and looked the more likely team to add to the score line.

The first change of the game ar­rived on 53 min­utes when Max Hazel­dine re­placed Ben Richard­son.

Traf­ford al­most took the lead when a free kick from the im­pres­sive left foot of Cor­ri­gan found a team mate whose header fizzed past the post much to the re­lief of the home crowd.

Rams­bot­tom then re­sponded with a free kick of their own from Wright which caused chaos in the vis­i­tors de­fence when Shen­ton failed to claim which re­sulted in a shot that missed the tar­get by inches.

In­deed as the hour mark ap­proached the Rams took a 2-1 lead when good com­bi­na­tion play again down the left hand side re­sulted in a su­perb low drive to­wards goal from Kyle Brown­hill which found its way be­yond Shen­ton and into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The link up down the left hand side of the pitch be­tween Brown­hill and Wright ap­pears to be im­prov­ing game by game ●● Jamie Rother sets up an­other at­tack for Rams­bot­tom against Traf­ford and is proving to be a pro­duc­tive at­tack­ing threat for the Rams.

The home side were play­ing some ex­cel­lent foot­ball as they con­tin­ued to push for­ward look­ing to in­crease the lead.

Traf­ford bat­tled to equalise for a sec­ond time but with­out se­ri­ously test­ing Fearon in the home goal mainly due to some typ­i­cally com­bat­ive de­fend­ing by the Rams solid look­ing de­fence and the tire­less work rate of the home side’s mid­field trio.

Traf­ford looked as though they have slipped fur­ther be­hind just after the hour point when Mar­cus Poscha headed into the net be­fore be­ing de­nied by the off­side flag.

Shen­ton was called into

Frank Crook

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