TERRAS ARE TAMED BY A LAST-GASP RAMS RAID
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED remain in the hat for the last 16 of the FA Trophy after on-loan debutant Iyrwah Gooden’s equaliser six minutes into stoppagetime forced a replay on Tuesday night.
Gooden, on loan from Mansfield, bundled home Tom Kennedy’s free-kick with just seconds remaining to keep the flag flying high for the Evo-Stik League after Weymouth had twice been in front through Jake McCarthy and Calvin Brooks.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the lads,” said Rams manager Chris Willcock.
“We had several players out there who only came in this week and each and everyone one of them has put a great shift in.
“I thought we good enough to earn a win. We are all looking forward to the replay and giving another good account of ourselves.”
The Step 4 side started the game brightly with Kyle Jacobs heading just wide in the opening minutes – visiting keeper Lloyd Thomas rooted to the spot.
Thomas was called into action soon after, superbly tipping Kennedy’s freekick away for a corner.
He then kept his side in the game with another top drawer save, this time denying Jason Carey who was through on goal, Lloyd quick off his line to smother the shot.
But, on 37 minutes, it was the visitors who went into the break in front against the run of play when McCarthy glanced home Brandon Goodship’s free-kick in from the left. The second half saw more of the same with the Rams pushing forward looking for the leveller their play deserved. Nic Evangelinos came closest with a decent effort that Lloyd saved. The visitors also threatened, however, and almost doubled their lead through Goodship, first heading wide from Kennedy’s poor clearance and then forcing a superb save from Ashton. Rammy, however, finally got the equaliser on 68 minutes when a wellrehearsed corner kick routine saw Evangelinos slot home from the edge of the sixyard box from Kennedy’s pass. With their tails up, the home side looked to be on top and but for a last-ditch tackle on Eddie Moran, who had rounded Lloyd, they would have been in front, but within a minute the visitors looked to have won it as Brooks slotted home from Goodship’s flick, before Gooden’s dramatic finish. Frustrated Terras boss Mark Molesley complained: “In all honesty, even though we never quite reached our normal performance levels, I’m disappointed to be leaving with a draw. “We were made to work very hard by Ramsbottom, but having led twice I would have expected us to hold on. That said I’m happy that we are still in the competition after a tough game.”
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