Winsford United vs Ramsbottom United (Monday 2nd September 2019)
By Jonathan Wright
A depleted Winsford United were knocked out in the first preliminary round of the FA cup following a disappointing loss to Ramsbottom United. The visitors from the division above, were unable to progress first time around as Winsford ground out a 3-3 draw in a thrilling match whilst playing the majority of the game with 10 men.
It was Winsford who had the first real chance of the game as the Ramsbottom defence misjudged a long ball and gave Dean Clarke a chance to shoot but he was off-balanced and his shot bobbled just wide of the post. On the 24th minute, Ramsbottom took the lead through their striker Ruben Jerome with a wonderful volley from around 20 yrds out leaving Winsford’s stand in goalie Dane Rigby helpless.
Winsford still had chances after a poor backpass would have given Sam Madeley a tap-in if it wasn’t for an excellent recovery by the Ramsbottoms ‘keeper Tom Stewart. On the cusp of half time Ramsbottom found themselves a man down when full back Harry Norris was given a straight red card for very late and dangerous challenge on young Winsford forward Joe Duckworth. It’s fair to say many Winsford United fans were going into the break fairly optimistic as although not the best team, still had some chances on the counter and now the man advantage.
Unfortunately, it didn’t quite turn out how those blues fans would have wanted with Ramsbottom getting plenty of chances. Despite the red card, Ramsbottom were completely on top, and there dominance was rewarded when a long ball led to a mix up between Winsford goalkeeper and defender meaning Ramsbottom striker Jerome could tap in his and Ramsbottoms second of the game on 68 minutes. The game was put to bed on 77 minutes after Jerome got his hat-trick from an excellent header. However, in the dying minutes Winsford United right back Damian Skolorzynski gave the very large crowd something to cheer with an absolute screamer from over 25 yrds.
A frustrating night were, had injuries not taken there toll on the depleted squad, the result may well have been different. However, in front of a crowd of over 350 (the largest for a while) Winsford will be kicking themselves after not making the most of the opportunity of the extra man and just not coming out firing at all in the second half.
Man of the Match: Damian Skolorzynski