Will­cock’s men defy Skem’s phys­i­cal ploy

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

EVO-STIK WEST DI­VI­SION SKELMERSDALE UTD .... 0 RAMS­BOT­TOM UTD ....... 3 DAMIAN BAR­LOW ON a blus­tery af­ter­noon in Mersey­side, Rams­bot­tom got to grips with Skelmersdale’s phys­i­cal ap­proach to regis­ter an away win.

Skelmersdale fash­ioned the best chance of the open­ing ex­changes as full back Charles Duke turned Nic Evan­geli­nos in his own half and brought the ball for­ward be­fore send­ing a well de­liv­ered 40 yard pass for De­clan Daniels.

The striker worked enough space and got his ef­fort away on the half vol­ley, but lacked real pur­pose and Ash­ton’s po­si­tional acu­men made the save a sim­ple task.

How­ever in his at­tempt at goal the chal­lenge which ham­pered a more pow­er­ful shot seemed to have caused the front man some pain, and as both phys­ios at­tended to him on the pitch, he fi­nally left the play­ing area on a stretcher.

The vis­i­tors scored the break­through goal in the the 22nd minute as An­thony Donaldson worked his way down the left and man­aged to feed the ball to­wards the six-yard line for Ruben Jerome to make no mis­take and smash his at­tempt past the static Smith.

The goal and lead gave the vis­tors the con­fi­dence and they went close to a sec­ond when Tom Kennedy’s free-kick to­wards the back post was met by El­li­son who pow­er­fully thun­dered a header inches over the bar.

The 26th minute fi­nally saw the ref­er­ees good­will run out with the over zeal­ous ap­proach from Skem and the yel­low card came out to play as James O’Hara need­lessly hacked down Niall Rod­ney who was a yard from the touch line.

The favour was re­turned min­utes later, and just as need­lessly, Rod­ney found his name taken for a chal­lenge that had more than a hint of ret­ri­bu­tion about it.

As the half time whis­tle thank­fully blew on a 45 min­utes which was lit­tered with free kicks, mis-placed passes and two very dif­fer­ent game plans, Rams­bot­tom did hold the ad­van­tage.

The sec­ond half started with­out any changes from ei­ther side.

If any­one was won­der­ing if a change in ap­proach would greet the on­look­ers for the sec­ond pe­riod they were left in no doubt as Rams­bot­tom were awarded their first re-start set piece within 10 sec­onds of the half.

As Tom Kennedy held the ball for a sec­ond too long, William Dunne mis-timed his chal­lenge and be­came the sec­ond Skelmersdale player to aquaint him­self with the ref­eree’s book. ●● An­thony Donaldson

The book­ings count was lev­elled up again shortly af­ter as Ryan El­li­son’s chal­lenge on the re­cently booked Dunne was frowned upon by the man in the mid­dle and af­ter giv­ing him­self a few mo­ments to be sure, he duly is­sued the warn­ing of the yel­low kind.

On 55 min­utes the away side had a half hearted ap­peal for a penalty as Jerome rolled his man on the right hand side and sent in a low cross which was blocked by the cov­er­ing de­fender who was ly­ing on the floor. The of­fi­cial waved away any ap­peals com­ing his way, sug­gest­ing no in­tent.

The hour mark brought a great chance for the vis­i­tors to dou­ble their lead and prob­a­bly put the game to bed. Ruben Jerome again show­ing great skill and abil­ity to break free on the right side. A half chal­lenge of­fered him the op­por­tu­nity to chance his arm for a penalty claim but rightly chose to stay on his feet and found Evan­geli­nos who showed equal abil­ity to work an open­ing and got a shot away which beat the keeper only to be thwarted by the cov­er­ing man on the line, his clearence only found Bembo-Leta and from seven yards some­how with the goal gap­ing sent his ef­fort wide.

The sec­ond goal for Rams­bot­tom did ar­rive min­utes later, as Evan­geli­nos picked the ball up just in the Skelmersdale half and im­me­di­ately looked to run at the back track­ing de­fence. With only Jerome ahead he lifted a per­fectly weighted ball into the path of the ea­ger striker and once he had mus­cled his man off the ball he clin­i­cally despatched the ball in the top cor­ner leav­ing the keeper well and truly beaten.

The 70th minute saw yet an­other cyn­i­cal chal­lenge on Donaldson, this time from home cap­tain Phil Mooney. The chal­lenge had a com­pa­ra­ble sim­i­lar­ity to the first two of the day, be­ing down near the dug-out touch­line, and as Donaldson dropped his shoul­der one way and was ready to set off the other Mooney scythed him down waist height. This need­less book­ing would prove very costly later.

Will­cock made his first changes of the day on 72 min­utes see­ing Rod­ney and Jerome leav­ing the field with Jamie Rain­ford and Louis Rowe re­plac­ing them, and on 80 min­utes Donaldson was re­placed by Khalil Osi-Efa. ●● Ruben Jerome ham­mers in the Rams opener against Skelmersdale

Rowe showed good foot­work on 82 min­utes in the area, and with Rain­ford beg­ging for the pass which would leave him with a free hit at goal, de­cided to go alone and tried his luck only for the keeper to parry, this time the re­bound was turned in by Evan­geli­nos, and the game was now safe.

On 86 min­utes the Skelmersdale cap­tain was given the un­wel­come priv­i­lege of an early bath af­ter an­other reck­less chal­lenge. Af­ter a brief con­sul­ta­tion with his as­sis­tant, the ref­eree was happy this was the cor­rect de­ci­sion.

Skelmersdale’s in your face ap­proach did not in­tim­i­date or de-rail Rams­bot­toms game plan, and the in­di­vid­ual as well as team qual­ity en­sured the three points came back to the River­side.

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