Rams make FA Tro­phy sec­ond round for first time

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport - ABI LEIGH

‘The in­ci­dent ...put a bit of a damp­ener on the re­sult’

RA MS BOT­TOM United have made the his­tory books by reach­ing the sec­ond round of the FA Tro­phy for the first time in the club’s ex­is­tence.

The Rams beat op­po­si­tion Work­ing­ton AFC 2-0 in Tues­day night’s re­play at the Harry Wil­liams River­side Sta­dium, fol­low­ing a 0-0 draw last week­end send­ing them through to the next stage of the non­league com­pe­ti­tion.

Vic­tory against the side that are a divi­sion above also makes Rams­bot­tom the last re­main­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the tro­phy from the Evo-Stik North- ern Pre­mier League.

Man­ager Chris Will­cock said: “We were wor­thy of go­ing through, we cre­ated the best chances in both games and we were able to tackle them which was pleas­ing. We now find our­selves in the next round which the lads fully de­serve, they’ve been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.

“From a his­toric point of view, we can all look back in the fu­ture and look at the run that we’ve put to­gether in this com­pe­ti­tion and be ex­tremely proud of what we’ve achieved.”

The fi­nal ten min­utes of the cup tie saw play sus­pended for over 30 min­utes as Rams winger Nialle Rod­ney fell with a se­ri­ous in­jury, and was then taken to hospi­tal with a frac­tured and dis­lo­cated an­kle.

Will­cock was deeply con­cerned for his play­ers well­be­ing, say­ing: “The in­ci­dent with Nialle Rod­ney late on in the game has put a bit of a damp­ener on the re­sult, the lads are not as buoy­ant and as joy­ous as they would be af­ter ob­vi­ously a fan­tas­tic cup tie, and a fan­tas­tic re­sult. It’s just put a bit­ter taste in ev­ery­body’s mouth un­for­tu­nately.”

Rod­ney has played a big part in the team’s re­cent suc­cess which has seen them progress both in the FA Tro­phy and the league. Due to their good run, Will­cock’s men were awarded Club of the Month for Novem­ber.

Will­cock said: “I’d have been sur­prised if we didn’t [win Club of the Month], we were fan­tas­tic in Novem­ber.

“We’ve clocked up some air miles dur­ing Novem­ber but out­side of that, the re­sults have been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, we’ve only had one set­back re­ally and the lads have re­sponded well to that.

“We’ve pro­gressed in this com­pe­ti­tion, and got our­selves go­ing again in the league.”

The Rams will now wel­come vis­i­tors Wey­mouth FC, from the Evo-Stik Pre­mier League South, for the next knock-out stage fix­ture in Jan­uary.

Will­cock said: “We don’t play now till the 12 th Jan­uary, so there’s a bit of a de­lay. It’ll give us time to re­group, as­sess things, and do our home­work on the op­po­si­tion.” “We get two play­ers back in who’ve been out sus­pended, Kyle Ja­cobs and Kieran Lugs­den, they’re back now for the com­pe­ti­tion next round so that helps us.”

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