Nel­son stay­ing con­stant

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors - FA TRO­PHY PRE­LIM­I­NARY ROUND

● Carl Nel­son CY­CLING DEREK SCHOFIELD ON Sun­day, Lon­gridge Ro­tary Club hosted the third round of the North West cy­clocross se­ries on a new course at Chip­ping show­ground and, de­spite heavy rain, pro­vided an ex­cel­lent days rac­ing for all age groups.

Rossendale rid­ers con­tinue to per­form well and U10 girl, Elsie Hay­garth scored her third vic­tory run­ning to con­firm her clear lead in the se­ries.

In the youths race, Char­lie Parkin­son of Water­foot was rac­ing in only his third CX event and fin­ished a fine 21st, de­spite a punc­ture forc­ing him to work his way back through the field.

Maisy Va­sic was just two places fur­ther back and sec­ond U16 girl, with Katie Tay­lor third in this class.

In the V40 event, Dave Hay­garth over­came his rel­a­tively dis­ap­point­ing re­sult from North­wich to fin­ish third, the win taken by Rob Hope of fell run­ning fame.

Carl Nel­son, also of Helmshore, re­tained his con­sis­tency in the com­bined V50/Ladies race with an­other top 20 fin­ish, five places in front of the strong rid­ing Mick Tay­lor, who has had a great start to this year’s se­ries.

Gra­ham Wright took sec­ond in the V65 class.

This week­end, the se­ries moves on to the fast flow­ing course at Heaton Park. ● ● Jerome Wright, who opened the scor­ing, dis­plays his usual trick­ery in the mid­field against Col­wyn Bay at the week­end ● Scorer of the third goal, Grant Spencer in ac­tion RAMS­BOT­TOM UTD ....... 3 COL­WYN BAY ................... 0 JON HASLAM

RA M S B O T TOM United clin­i­cally despatched Col­wyn Bay in the FA Tro­phy Pre­lim­i­nary Round as the home side made it seven wins from nine home games this sea­son at The River­side Sta­dium.

The home side started the match full of con­fi­dence and got the per­fect start on 10 min­utes when a Greg Daniels in­swing­ing free kick was flicked home by the head of Jerome Wright who reg­is­tered his sev­enth goal of a hugely im­pres­sive cam­paign.

The Rams in­creased their lead shortly af­ter­wards when a good pass­ing move re­leased the out­stand­ing Kyle Brown­hill whose pow­er­ful left footed drive from the edge of the penalty box beat Cooper to give the hosts a mer­ited two goal ad­van­tage.

With 15 min­utes on the clock the score­line could have been even more con­clu­sive after an ex­cel­lent run and cross by Wright found Daniels whose shot frac­tion­ally missed the tar­get.

Col­wyn Bay were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to cre­ate any mean­ing­ful goal scor­ing chances as the home side looked more likely to in­crease their lead with the left hand side of Brown­hill and Wright look­ing a par­tic­u­lar threat to the vis­i­tors from North Wales.

The Rams dom­i­nance was such that it took Col­wyn Bay 33 min­utes to have their first at­tempt at goal when an An­drews shot sailed over Danny Taberner’s cross­bar.

Rams­bot­tom had the bet­ter of pos­ses­sion as the half drew to a con­clu­sion with Alex Meaney im­press­ing in his first start of the sea­son and fel­low mid­field­ers Ed­die Mo­ran and Dean Stott pulling the strings in a stir­ring show­ing for the home side re­sult­ing in Col­wyn Bay be­ing sec­ond best in the mid­field bat­tle.

The sec­ond pe­riod be­gan with the vis­i­tors mak­ing a change as they sought to change the com­plex­ion of the game and in­deed fash­ioned their clear­est chance when a cross from the Bay right found an un­marked Rain­ford who blasted over the bar when well placed.

This was a re­minder to the home sides de­fence that the con­test was still alive and the im­pres­sive Bradley Roscoe and Luke Thomp­son, who, in­ci­den­tally was mak­ing his 50th ap­pear­ance for the Rams, were be­ing kept busy as Col­wyn Bay looked to re­duce the ar­rears.

As the match ap­proached the hour mark the con­di­tions were wors­en­ing as the rain con­tin­ued to fall, the home side made two sub­sti­tu­tions with Grant Spencer re­plac­ing the hard work­ing Ben Richardson and Jamie Rother re­plac­ing Meaney.

The Rams com­pleted the scor­ing on 72 min­utes when a sub­lime piece of skill on the edge of the box from Wright cre­ated some space be­fore slid­ing the ball to Spencer whose first time shot flew high into the net to give the home side an unas­sail­able 3-0 lead.

Home keeper Taberner was called on to make a cou­ple of smart saves low down and a free kick flew nar­rowly over the bar as ● Jamie Rother bat­tles for pos­ses­sion against the Col­wyn Bay de­fend­ers

‘We showed an abil­ity to con­tain at 2-0 then hit quickly on the break’

the vis­i­tors sought to im­pact on the score­line but the Rams de­fence stood firm with an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance at right full back from Liam Brown­hill wor­thy of note.

Frank Crook

Gra­ham Wright

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