Rams snatch glory

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

●● Ruben Jerome FA TRO­PHY RE­PLAY RAMS ............................... 2 WORK­ING­TON............... 0 ADAM CLARK

THE Rams made one change from the orig­i­nal tie on Satur­day, Khalil Osi-Efa came into the side in place of Si­mon Wood­ford, while Work­ing­ton made two changes – Brad Hub­bold and Sam Joel came in for Kieran Maguire and Jor­dan Holt.

The Rams be­gan in con­fi­dent mood hav­ing earned the re­play with a good dis­play in at­tro­cious con­di­tions on the Cum­brian coast on Satur­day and were soon on the of­fen­sive.

Nic Evan­geli­nos had a cou­ple of early chances, both of his head­ers go­ing over the bar, the first tipped over by the vis­it­ing keeper Aaron Tay­lor, the sec­ond chance was from around six yards out and that was the best chance in the open­ing 15 min­utes.

A mid­field scram­ble for the ball, Work­ing­ton grad­u­ally wres­tled their way back into the game and their best chance prob­a­bly came from Joel who hit the post on 23 min­utes then as the ball flashed across goal af­ter it re­bounded to Tin­nion who volleyed wide.

It was pretty even for the rest of a com­pet­i­tive first half, as both sides looked to get a foothold in the game but they went in 0-0 at the break, a fair re­flec­tion as to how the first 45 min­utes had panned out with end to end foot­ball from both sides.

Work­ing­ton had an early chance six min­utes into the sec­ond half, the ball was played once again to Sam Joel but the vis­it­ing mid­fielder was in an off­side po­si­tion.

Just be­fore the Rams took the lead they had a chance af­ter Nic Evan­geli­nos’ shot was blocked well by the Work­ing­ton shot stop­per Tay­lor.

How­ever, the Rams broke the dead­lock on 58 min­utes.

The ball was bun­dled around the area be­fore it fell to Ruben Jerome who, at the third at­tempt man­aged to slot the ball home from close range to put the Rams ahead in their FA Tro­phy re­play.

Work­ing­ton’s best chance to level came on 64 min­utes when Scott Al­li­son put the ball over the bar, if it had been an inch or two lower it would have been in and it cer­tainly would have been a dif­fer­ent game for the fi­nal 25 min­utes.

The Rams then dou­bled their lead with 16 min­utes to go.

Evan­geli­nos who was the best player on the night for the Rams, scored hav­ing raced through from the left hand side and un­leash­ing an un­stop­pable shot from around 15 yards out.

Nialle Rod­ney then had a chance to add a third for the Rams but his shot was blocked by a slid­ing chal­lenge by Dan Wordsworth which re­sulted in a se­ri­ous in­jury for the Rammy winger.

Nialle’s lower leg col­lided with the post and he is be­lieved to have suf­fered a se­ri­ous in­jury to his an­kle .

Thirty-three min­utes was the de­lay for the in­jury to Nialle, who was then car­ried off the field to a round of ap­plause from around the ground.

All the Rams needed to do was to play out the fi­nal nine min­utes.

The sub­sti­tute who came on for Rod­ney was Re­gan Jar­rett, he had a cou­ple of chances in the fi­nal few min­utes, one of which came off the bar, and 2-0 was how if fin­ished for the Lan­cashire side, who will face Wey­mouth in the next round on Satur­day, Jan­uary 12, 2019.

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