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