Down Ca­bles

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

and amaz­ingly the ball bounced over his Prescot coun­ter­part and into the net to give the Rams a sen­sa­tional three goal lead.

With the goal­keeper be­ing mobbed by his team mates and Vo­lair Park in a state of shock, the Rams­bot­tom United man­age­ment team sug­gested that the at­tempt at goal was some­thing that had been dis­cussed at the in­ter­val, with­out doubt a sen­sa­tional mo­ment to wit­ness.

Be­fore the crowd had time to catch their breath the vis­i­tors amaz­ingly scored a fourth goal when good play down the Rams right hand chan­nel found the im­pres­sive Jamie Rother free on the cor­ner of the penalty area and the mid­field­ers low drive found the back of the Ca­bles net to give the away side an unas­sail­able lead.

Chris Wil­lock then made all three changes with Rod­ney, Evan­geli­nos and Jerome be­ing re­placed by Donaldson, Rain­ford and Rowe re­spec­tively as the Rams took the op­por­tu­nity to rest some play­ers ahead of a busy sched­ule.

The re­main­ing twenty min­utes of the en­counter were played with a back drop of dis­be­lief about what the crowd of 253 had wit­nessed but the home side con­tin­ued to push for­ward and gave the Rams rear guard a test­ing pe­riod of time with goal scor­ing hero Sam Ash­ton called upon to make a cou­ple of fine saves, one in par­tic­u­lar stands out when a wide free kick looked des­tined for the top cor­ner but the Rams cus­to­dian ac­ro­bat­i­cally tipped the ef­fort over the bar.

In­cred­i­bly the Rams al­most grabbed a fifth goal when good link up play be­tween the sub­sti­tutes Rowe and Rain­ford gave the lat­ter a great chance to open his ac­count for his new club but his ef­fort struck the post.

This wouldn’t be the last of the chances as the hosts pushed for­ward hop­ing for a con­so­la­tion goal but de­ter­mined de­fend­ing and a cou­ple more rou­tine saves from Ash­ton pre­served the away sides clean sheet and in turn gave Rams­bot­tom their first league vic­tory away from home on a Tues­day night since win­ning at Colne in Oc­to­ber 2016.

As the fi­nal whis­tle brought an end to a out­stand­ing team per­for­mance from the Rams in which it would be dif­fi­cult and un­fair to sin­gle out any par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual for spe­cific praise as all de­part­ments of the team per­formed su­perbly as the vis­i­tors ended Prescot’s im­pec­ca­ble home record and de­servedly took the 3 points back to the River­side Sta­dium with their fifth win on the trot, fourth con­sec­u­tive clean sheet and a tally of four­teen goals scored in an un­beaten run now stretch­ing to seven matches un­der Chris Will­cock.

It is worth not­ing that the Rams have now not con­ceded a goal for 447 min­utes whilst com­pil­ing a quite out­stand­ing se­quence of re­sults and per­for­mances which has seen this hugely en­ter­tain­ing and very watch­able team rise to fourth place in the league ta­ble.

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