TERRAS ARE TAMED BY A LAST-GASP RAMS RAID

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND - By Phil Bren­nan

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.”

STAR MAN: Jamie Rother (Ramsbottom) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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