Stale­mate in round one

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport -

was no ob­vi­ous sign of the two sides ply­ing their trade in dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions.

With the con­di­tions wors­en­ing and with the rain slant­ing down the Rams had their first ef­fort at goal when Nic Evan­geli­nos went on a pur­pose­ful run to­wards the edge of the Work­ing­ton box but his left footed ef­fort failed to trou­ble Tay­lor in the home goal and with al­most 40 goal­less min­utes played nei­ther side had forced the op­pos­ing goal keeper into se­ri­ous ac­tion.

Af­ter the restart, and with the wind in the Rams’ favour the vis­i­tors be­gan the sec­ond half pos­i­tively and within ten min­utes had with­out ques­tion the best op­por­tu­nity of the match when Evan­geli­nos found him­self ad­vanc­ing in on goal af­ter a goal kick had held up in the wind but the winger’s shot was smoth­ered by Tay­lor in the home goal.

Min­utes later the away side again showed their ever in­creas­ing at­tack­ing threat when a sump­tu­ous threaded pass from Jamie Rother con­nected with the run of Evan­geli­nos in the left hand chan­nel but again the Work­ing­ton rear­guard were on hand to block the promis­ing at­tack.

With Rams­bot­tom United never hav­ing won at Bor­ough Park, the home side were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to fash­ion any chances that could be cat­e­gorised as clear cut, in a rare mo­ment of con­cern for the vis­i­tors around the hour point a cor­ner was cleared to the edge of the penalty area but the re­sul­tant ef­fort flew over the top of the cross­bar.

Trav­el­ling sup­port­ers showed their mu­tual ap­pre­ci­a­tion of each other’s ef­forts in chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances.

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