... but Fell’s men make no mis­take in Tro­phy re­play

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

FA TRO­PHY RE­PLAY RAMS­BOT­TOM UTD ..... 4 SHAW LANE ................... 1 JON HASLAM RAMS­BOT­TOM United took on high fly­ing Shaw Lane from the Evo Stik Pre­mier League on Tues­day night in a FA Tro­phy re­play af­ter Satur­day’s game ended in a 2-2 draw.

The con­test be­gan pos­i­tively with the Rams win­ning some early free kicks as they sought to take the ini­tia­tive against their higher ranked op­po­nents and in­deed had the first shot at goal as Rother fired over the bar from just in­side the box.

A strong look­ing Shaw Lane side con­tain­ing a num­ber of former Foot­ball League play­ers made the break­through on the quar­ter hour mark when an in­swing­ing cor­ner was met by striker Clay­ton whose flicked header beat Danny Taberner for the first goal of a lively en­counter.

Dean Stott and Josh Heaton re­pel a Shaw Lane at­tack

On a chilly evening both sides bat­tled for supremacy as the half wore on with ex Ipswich Town and Bolton player David Nor­ris look­ing ac­com­plished in the vis­i­tors mid­field.

The home side cre­ated their best op­por­tu­nity just af­ter the half hour mark when Tom Brooks found him­self with time and space in the area be­fore fir­ing a low shot wide of the tar­get. The re­main­der of a com­pet­i­tive half of foot­ball passed with­out ei­ther keeper be­ing se­ri­ously tested as the Rams looked to gain par­ity with­out suc­cess but as the half time whis­tle blew the vis­i­tors lead at the break.

Mo­ran re­placed Stott at the re­sump­tion of play in the home sides mid­field as the Rams again started the sec­ond pe­riod brightly with home debu­tant Josh Heaton slot­ting in com­fort­ably along­side the ever com­bat­ive Luke Thomp­son at the heart of the Rammy de­fence. Greg Daniels was again show­ing ●● Phil Dean some ex­quis­ite touches as he lead the line with in­tel­li­gence as Rother twice failed to hit the tar­get when well placed as the Rams more than matched their op­po­nents in every depart­ment with an in­ter­est­ing skir­mish be­tween Clay­ton and the su­perb Roscoe a par­tic­u­lar high­light.

The en­counter was finely bal­anced with the vis­i­tors us­ing their vast ex­pe­ri­ence to man­age the game with­out al­low­ing the home side to gain any at­tack­ing mo­men­tum.

Shaw Lane could have dou­bled their lead when a shot from Har­ris look des­tined for the top cor­ner be­fore Taberner pulled off a su­perb fly­ing one handed save to keep the deficit at a sin­gle goal.

Rams man­ager Mark Fell then sent on rant Spencer for the ex­cel­lent Jamie Rother with 20 min­utes re­main­ing as the home side looked for an equaliser, the match be­came a touch frac­tious per­haps due in part to the con­tentious na­ture of the Shaw Lane in­jury time penalty a few days ear­lier.

Sam Heath­cote then en­tered the fray with ten min­utes re­main­ing for the hard­work­ing Tom Brooks in what would prove to be a match chang­ing de­ci­sion as within two min­utes a cor­ner found its way to Luke Thomp­son whose pass was fin­ished with com­po­sure by the aux­il­iary striker and the con­test was all square.

The Rams fin­ished the game strongly as they al­most snatched vic­tory late on with Greg Daniels test­ing Stewart and a Spencer free kick was headed over as the home side pushed for a late win­ner.

As the full time whis­tle blew the tie en­tered an ad­di­tional 30 min­utes, Rams­bot­tom looked to con­tinue their at­tack­ing mo­men­tum gained in the clos­ing stages with Jerome Wright and Phil Dean look­ing to in­flu­ence pro­ceed­ings fur­ther. Heath­cote then fired wide be­fore test­ing the Shaw Lane keeper twice in quick suc­ces­sion with shots from the edge of the box show­ing the con­fi­dence the goal scorer was play­ing with.

The vis­i­tors replied with an in­ci­sive move which re­quired Taberner to pro­duce a low save to keep the teams level as the first pe­riod of ex­tra time was com­pleted with the sides locked at 1-1.

The sec­ond half be­gan in fine style for the Rams when a break down the left hand side gave an op­por­tu­nity to Wright whose low shot from the edge of the penalty area beat Stewart be­fore hit­ting the back of the net via the post to give the home side the lead.

Things got bet­ter for the home side with 5 min­utes re­main­ing as Shaw Lane pushed for­ward look­ing for an equaliser and were caught on the break when the lively Dean won the ball be­fore link­ing with Wright whose su­perb shot from the edge of the box fizzed past Stewart to give the Rams a 3-1 lead.

Phil Dean then com­pleted a sen­sa­tional sec­ond pe­riod of ex­tra time for Rams­bot­tom when the wide player cut in from the right hand side be­fore send­ing a curl­ing shot into the top cor­ner of the Shaw Lane net for per­haps the goal of the night as the home side set­tled the tie in stun­ning fash­ion to set up an away trip to Al­trin­cham in the next round much to the de­light of the home sup­port­ers.

This was an out­stand­ing team per­for­mance which should give the squad a huge con­fi­dence boost.

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