Jerome de­liv­ers

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

EVO-STIK NORTH RAMS­BOT­TOM UTD ....... 1 CLITHEROE ...................... 0 JON HASLAM

RA M S B O T TOM United en­ter­tained play-off chas­ing Clitheroe on Saturday at the HWRS less than 48 hours af­ter fac­ing Os­sett Al­bion.

The Rams’ start­ing lineup showed two changes from the goal­less draw on Thursday night with Greg Daniels re­turn­ing and Harry Foulds mak­ing his first start for the home ●● side in place of Jon Robin­son and Tom Brooks re­spec­tively.

The open­ing ex­changes were fairly even with nei­ther team trou­bling the op­pos­ing keeper in the first ten min­utes as Clitheroe looked to close the eight point gap to the fi­nal play off po­si­tion.

It would be the home side that would cre­ate the best of the op­por­tu­ni­ties with Sam Made­ley slid­ing through an ex­cel­lent pass to Jerome Wright but be­fore the wide man could get his shot away the chance had gone as the vis­i­tors de­fence re­cov­ered and snuffed out the dan­ger.

Shortly af­ter­wards the Rams would cre­ate an­other half chance when a long throw found Daniels who laid the ball back to Made­ley but the strik­ers shot was blocked by a Clitheroe de­fender, from the re­sul­tant cor­ner Ryan El­li­son headed to­wards his de­fen­sive part­ner Thomp­son but the header cleared the cross­bar.

Clitheroe were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to cre­ate any worth­while goalscor­ing chances as the hosts played some in­ci­sive foot­ball with the left hand side prov­ing to be a prof­itable area as Phil Dean and Wright linked up a num­ber of times to great ef­fect.

The pat­tern of the open­ing half an hour con­tin­ued with Wright fir­ing over af­ter a clever free kick from Daniels be­fore a pin­point pass from Foulds found Jor­dan whose cross picked out Dean but the ef­fort sailed wide of the tar­get.

With just over a third of the con­test played the vis­i­tors sparked into life from an at­tack­ing per­spec­tive when the lively Willoughby tested Sam Ash­ton in the home goal twice in quick suc­ces­sion but the Rams stop­per plunged down low to save both ef­forts with­out too much concern for a goal keeper of Ash­ton’s ob­vi­ous tal­ents.

As the in­ter­val ar­rived with the dead­lock still to be bro­ken the home side had cre­ated a num­ber of pre­sentable chances with­out per­haps test­ing Thomp­son in the Clitheroe goal as of­ten as they would have hoped.

The open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod be­longed to the away side as first Willoughby who has 24 league goals to his name this term tested Ash­ton with a well struck free kick be­fore the Rams stop­per pulled off a stun­ning save low down to deny West whose well struck shot looked des­tined for the bot­tom cor­ner un­til Ash­ton pro­duced an out­stand­ing one hand handed save to keep the score­sheet blank.

With al­most ten min­utes of the sec­ond half played the stale­mate was al­most bro­ken by the hosts when a shot from the im­pres­sive More­cambe loa­nee Luke Jor­dan looked to have beaten Thomp­son but re­bounded off the post and was cleared to safety to pro­vide in a snap­shot how the last few weeks have gone for the Rams.

With the hour mark reached the home side fresh­ened up the front­line by mak­ing their first sub­sti­tu­tion with Jon Robin­son re­plac­ing Made­ley.

Clitheroe re­sponded with a change of their own and al­most grabbed the lead when good in­ter­play down the left gave Rigby a chance but be­fore the full back could shoot the ever de­pend­able Luke Thomp­son shep­herded the ball to safety in char­ac­ter­is­tic fash­ion.

The home side replied to a bout of Clitheroe pres­sure with good link up play be­tween Wright and Daniels be­fore the lat­ter’s shot missed the tar­get but showed that the Rams were con­tin­u­ing to push for the vic­tory and not be con­tent to sit on their ad­van­tage.

With 20 min­utes re­main­ing Harry Foulds made way for Chris Rushworth and the young mid­fielder had ev­ery right to be very pleased with his first start in a Rams­bot­tom United shirt as his promis­ing per­for­mance came to an end, the home sup­port­ers showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the young­sters con­fi­dent dis­play giv­ing him a warm round of ap­plause for his ef­forts along­side skip­per Dean Stott in the Rams mid­field.

Min­utes later the hosts made the break­through when Jor­dan re­ceived the ball from a throw in be­fore glid­ing past his man and send­ing a sub­lime cross from the right wing onto the head of the on­rush­ing Jerome Wright whose bul­let header from eight yards out gave Thomp­son no chance as the Rams took a de­served and de­ci­sive lead on 72 min­utes.

With the dead­lock bro­ken Clitheroe looked for a way back into the match as the re­main­ing two changes were made in an ef­fort to give the away side some at­tack­ing mo­men­tum but much as the vis­i­tors pushed for­ward the Rams team to a ●● Luke Thomp­son at­tempts a goal-bound header man were su­perb in re­pelling what the vis­i­tors threw at them.

The only real mo­ment of concern for the Rams­bot­tom United de­fence in the re­main­der of the con­test was a well struck shot from Willoughby but Ash­ton saved com­fort­ably as the hosts saw the match out and in turn claimed their fourth clean sheet in the last six home games.

The vic­tory was a wellde­served and wel­come three points against a Clitheroe out­fit that had scored four goals in each of the last three meet­ings be­tween the two sides.

Frank Crook

Jerome Wright cel­e­brates scor­ing his goal-of-the-sea­son con­tender

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.