By the Rams

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

hit the cross­bar be­fore Tom Kennedy’s fine cross found the head of Bem­boLeto whose header looked des­tined for the net be­fore a su­perb fly­ing save Saun­ders de­nied the Rams a sec­ond goal.

Mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod Chris Will­cock made his sec­ond change with Louis Rowe re­plac­ing the hard­work­ing Ruben Jerome, and min­utes later the Rams grabbed a de­ci­sive sec­ond goal.

The com­bi­na­tion of Kennedy and Bem­boLeto worked per­fectly af­ter a free kick was cleared as Kennedy’s invit­ing left footed cross matched the tow­er­ing de­fender’s run into the box and the debu­tant’s well placed header beat the div­ing Saun­ders to give Rams­bot­tom United a two goal lead much to the de­light of the ma­jor­ity of the crowd of 210 who were treated to a spec­tac­u­lar som­er­sault cel­e­bra­tion from the for­mer Glos­sop player.

The re­main­der of the match seemed to be played mainly in the Glos­sop half and de­spite ob­vi­ous ef­fort from the vis­i­tors they found it dif­fi­cult to fash­ion any clear cut chances in no small part down to the ex­cel­lent work done by the Rams in­dus­tri­ous mid­field and well mar­shalled de­fence pro­tect­ing Sam Ash­ton su­perbly.

In­deed the Rams for­ward play­ers cre­ated a num­ber of goalscor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fi­nal 15 min­utes with Evan­geli­nos and Rother both de­nied in quick suc­ces­sion by some su­perb saves from Saun­ders be­fore Glos­sop’s day got worse when cen­tral de­fender Thorn­ley was per­haps harshly ad­judged to have fouled Louis Rowe and the young de­fender re­ceived his sec­ond yel­low card lead­ing to the in­evitable red card and the vis­i­tors had to play the fi­nal ten min­utes with ten men.

As reg­u­lar ob­servers of Rams­bot­tom United this sea­son would know, the side has lost two goal leads in two of the four pre­vi­ous out­ings af­ter late come­backs away at Ken­dal and at home to Chase­town de­nied the Rams the three points, the fact that the re­main­ing min­utes were nav­i­gated with­out any se­ri­ous threat to the hosts goal shows the pro­gres­sion this team is mak­ing.

Rams­bot­tom had the chance to in­crease their lead even fur­ther when Bembo-Leto’s goal bound header from a Kennedy cor­ner was blocked be­fore Rowe was de­nied with the fi­nal chance of the match when his ef­fort from close range was ●● Jack Higgs be­fore suf­fer­ing a nasty in­jury against Glos­sop North End blocked on the goal line.

As the fi­nal whis­tle blew Rams­bot­tom United had gained a well de­served three points, win­ning con­sec­u­tive matches for the first time this sea­son whilst ris­ing to ninth place in the league stand­ings and just two points out­side the play off places on Satur­day evening although de­feat for Glos­sop dropped the side from Der­byshire to the foot of the ta­ble.

In truth the mar­gin of vic­tory could and maybe should have been greater but sup­port­ers of Rams­bot­tom United hope­fully can look for­ward to many more en­ter­tain­ing af­ter­noons at the River­side as this new look team con­tin­ues to im­press.

The Rams will be look­ing to ex­tend their un­beaten run un­der the stew­ard­ship of Chris Will­cock in their FA Tro­phy tie at Frick­ley on Satur­day as hopes of suc­cess­ful cam­paign at the HWRS gath­ers mo­men­tum.

Frank Crook

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