Double for Rammy over the Reserves
Rammy completed an early season Lancashire League double over Reds Reserves with a comfortable, quite straightforward victory.
Reds couldn’t be accused of a lack of endeavour or work rate but fell short in the final third where they lacked a cutting edge.
They never seriously tested home goalkeeper, Dean Hardy, with most of his work just routine stuff from distance. In contrast, Tom Fowler, kept Reds in contention with two or three spectacular saves.
Cam Carter twice missed the target with efforts from outside the box while the impressive Leo Holliday was wide with his first attempt, after cleverly dispossessing Max Naden, then saw a second shot deflected for a corner.
Ramsbottom always looked the more likely to score and served notice of their intentions when Jack Ruenest brought the best out of Fowler with an angled drive. The same player opened the scoring after nineteen minutes again cutting in from the right to fire past the ‘keeper.
Reds had their best spell either side of the interval and until Rammy doubled their lead in the sixty-sixth minute. Even so, Regan Jarrett was thwarted by a decent Fowler stop then saw a fine shot rebound off an upright.
Then two goals in three minutes ended Reds’ resilience.
Jamal Brancer’s shot from outside the box appeared to swerve and clearly deceived Fowler before Jarrett got the goal he deserved to make it 3-0.
Reds battled on gamely but, on the rare occasions they got decent crosses into the box, there was a lack of a presence from red-shirted attackers, whilst a Carter free from twenty-five yards was easily gathered by Hardy.
Ramsbottom United Hardy, Kane, Ashburner, Foulds, Groarke, Naden, Sunderland, Oldham, Jones, Ruenest, Brancer. Substitutes – Jarrett, Davison, McKendrey, Corcoran.
Workington Fowler, Sinclair, McNally, Atkinson, Hetherington (Winthrop, 71), Watt, Stamp (Moore, 57), Carter, Ferguson (Sharp, 70), Field (Davidson, 70), Holliday.
Referee Paul Bell, Accrington