Will­cock’s su­per

Rossendale Free Press - - Property -

●● Tom Kennedy races away with the ball ●● EVO-STIK FIRST DIVI­SION WEST RAMS­BOT­TOM UTD ....... 2 RUN­CORN LIN­NETS ....... 3 ADAM CLARK

ALL good things must come to an end and for the Rams that meant the con­clu­sion of a fan­tas­tic run of un­beaten form since Chris Will­cock took over as man­ager.

Will­cock took the reins after Mark Fell’s de­par­ture in the open­ing days of Oc­to­ber – two months on and this was the first taste of de­feat for the club since his ap­point­ment – a ter­rific achieve­ment.

The Rams were un­changed from the 2-1 win against Pick­er­ing Town in mid­week.

The home side con­ceded an early foul on Paul Shan­ley by Tom Kennedy which gave Run­corn a chance from around 20 yards but Luke Thomp­son was there to head it away

Two min­utes later, Kyle Ja­cobs was ad­judged to have fouled Shan­ley just in­side the area, the first of a num­ber of con­tro­ver­sial ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions which irked the home sup­port. Louis Cor­ri­gan stepped up to score from twelve yards to give Run­corn a sixth minute lead.

In the next 20 min­utes the Rams replied with half chances fall­ing to Nialle Rod­ney and Kennedy be­fore the equaliser was scored on 25 min­utes.

Ed­die Moran was fouled 25 yards out, and Kennedy stepped up and put the free-kick into the top left hand cor­ner of the net to bring the Rams on level terms with their pro­mo­tion ri­vals.

The ap­plause had barely died down when just two min­utes later, Run­corn edged back in-front, with Peter Wylie head­ing in from a great in-swing­ing free kick.

To­wards the end of the first half, An­thony Don­ald­son & Kyle Ja­cobs both had shots well saved by Forth in the vis­i­tors goal as the Rams at­tempted to reach the break on level terms.

The half-time whis­tle blew at the end of a com­pet­i­tive first half played on a heavy sur­face but with much en­deav­our from both sides.

Rams boss Chris Wil­lock looked to freshen things up in the sec­ond half when at half time he made a dou­ble sub bring­ing on Jamie Rain­ford & Kieran Lugs­den in place of Ruben Jerome and Don­ald­son.

Eight min­utes into the sec­ond half came an­other con­tentious de­ci­sion by the ref­eree. Kyle Ja­cobs was sent off for what ap­peared to be a 50/50 chal­lenge with a Run­corn player, whose dra­matic rolling around on the floor would have had many in the crowd ex­pect­ing a bro­ken leg. The red card came out in a flash, only for the “in­jured” player to be back on his feet in no time. Not for the first time was the of­fi­cial un­able to de­tect game play by the vis­it­ing team.

How­ever the Rams didn’t let that af­fect them they scored a sec­ond equaliser five minute later after Nic Evan­geli­nos was brought down in the box. Rod­ney duly obliged from the spot and the game was again all square.

For the fi­nal 30 min­utes the Rams saw Kelvin Lugs­den re­place Jamie Rother. Jamie Rain­ford had a chance for the Rams a cou­ple of min­utes later but his ef­fort from close range sailed over the bar, with a gap­ing goal at his mercy.

It only got worse for the Rams from here on in, with thir­teen min­utes to go Kieran Lugs­den was sent off for his re­ac­tion to a chal­lenge made by a Run­corn player on the mid­fielder.

Against nine men, Run­corn scored the what turned out to be the win­ner, two min­utes later. Fred­die Pot­ter the scorer he headed the ball into the bot­tom ●● Kyle Ja­cobs re­ceives his march­ing or­ders in the game against Run­corn right cor­ner from close range.

The Rams had a cou­ple of chance in the fi­nal five min­utes but noth­ing came of them and the lost for the first time since Traf­ford on the 25th Septem­ber.

Man­ager Will­cock post­match said “We’ve got to lick our wounds and go again.” ●● THE new look Rams­bot­tom United team not only took the points on the pitch, but have also scooped the award as Evo-Stik West Divi­sion Club of the Month for Novem­ber. When new boss Chris Will­cock took over in early Oc­to­ber, he im­me­di­ately went about re­shap­ing a team that was 14th in the Divi­sion and the new look side went on a ter­rific thir­teen game un­beaten run.

Three suc­ces­sive away league vic­to­ries dur­ing Novem­ber against Skelmers­dale United, Prescot Ca­bles and Col­wyn Bay hoisted them up to fourth spot in the ta­ble, whilst two away draws in the FA Tro­phy at Yax­ley and Pick­er­ing Town, al­lowed the club’s only two home games dur­ing the month to end with vic­to­ries in the re­plays send­ing the Rams on to the FA Tro­phy 1st round proper. An en­graved per­ma­nent mo­mento will be pre­sented to the club on be­half of the League’s ma­jor spon­sor, Bostik, at a date to be con­firmed.

Frank Crook

HASLING­DEN U11s made a quick dash up the M66 to face Prest­wich Ma­raud­ers.The Tor­na­dos raced out of the blocks from the first whis­tle. The mid­field trio of Maleah Ben­nett, An­nie Rich­mond and Chloe Lo­max im­me­di­ately put the home side un­der pres­sure with passes into Evie Ri­ley who was play­ing in her fa­mil­iar at­tack­ing role to cre­ate some early chances.When­ever the mid­field line was breached, Sophia Aspin and An­to­nia Jo­hannsen-Ward were on hand to quell any po­ten­tial dan­ger and pro­tect Kather­ine Protheroe’s goal.The break­through came less than 10 min­utes into the first half fol­low­ing some in­tri­cate pass­ing, with Maleah cut­ting in from the left, drib­bling past a cou­ple of Ma­raud­ers be­fore stroking the ball with her favoured left foot into the bot­tom left cor­ner.Min­utes later, an­other fluid at­tack which in­cluded a self­less as­sist from Evie to Chloe whose de­flected shot cul­mi­nated in a goal as the loose ball was met re­sound­ingly by An­nie as she struck it low past the keeper.Louisa Bous­touller came on to re­place Evie up front and made some in­tel­li­gent runs into space.Darcey Row­lands made her de­but for the Tor­na­dos, step­ping onto the field in a de­fen­sive po­si­tion ini­tially be­fore spend­ing some time in mid­field.An own goal in­creased the Tor­na­dos tally be­fore the in­ter­val and the sec­ond half started in a sim­i­lar vein with the Tor­na­dos sweep­ing for­ward and scor­ing through Evie.The Ma­raud­ers grew into the game dur­ing the sec­ond half and cre­ated some good chances of their own, thwarted only by some brave keep­ing from Kather­ine and great de­fend­ing.Kather­ine was voted ‘Player of the Match’ thanks to her ex­ploits be­tween the sticks and Darcey was awarded the Cap­tain’s arm­band for her next game. Tom Kennedy’s free-kick eludes the Lin­nets keeper to level the scores

Frank Crook

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