Ramsbottom United vs 1874 Northwich | 1874 Northwich F.C.

Ramsbottom United vs 1874 Northwich



1874 lose out to Ramsbottom United at The Harry Williams Stadium.
By Jack Owen
Wayne Goodison and Paul Bowyer made five changes from the team which drew 2-2 against City of Liverpool on Saturday with Hare, Knight, Gardner, Fenton and club captain Matt Woolley all coming into the starting 11. Ramsbottom had three familiar faces in their matchday squad, with two starting, Edward Cooper and James Ormrod started while Jason Carey had a place on the bench.
Ramsbottom opted for kick off and chose to kick down the slope in the first half and an even start between the two sides was to be expected with only 3 points separating the two before kick-off.
The first meaningful shot in the game lead to the first goal. A neatly crafted move saw Domaine Rouse play a perfectly weighted ball inbetween Fenton and Kennerley to find John Murphy who struck a sweet strike on the half volley from 20 yards which whistled over Aghayere and into the top left corner.
Ramsbottom had their tails up now an​d 74 looked shaken. Murphy again for the hosts isolated Kennerley at the back post as a deep cross found its way onto the head of the forward who sent a header against the post and was cleared away by the 74 stand in full back
Just past the half-hour mark saw 74’s first attempt and attempt on target in the game, Lee Knight combined well down the left with Jamie Reed, the former cut inside and looked to guide a low effort into the far-right corner of the goal however Tom Stewart in the Rammy’ goal was equal getting down smartly to palm the ball behind for a corner
As the half ticked on, the game became more open with both sides looking to shift the ball down a heavy surface, three extremely quick chances were all blocked, twice by former 74 man James Ormrod who was having a tidy personal performance against his former team mates
Ramsbottom had the final chances of the first half with Domaine Rouse having both of them, his first headed effort was met with Aghayere catching smartly and his second was a thumped effort which rose over the crossbar and behind, a lot further than the home support behind Tony’s goal would have had you believe
1874 made two changes at the break, Jack Irlam and Joe Woolley came on to replace Mackenzie O’Neill and Lee Knight as 74 made a tactical shuffle and changed their shape.
The changes initially made a difference, Jack Irlam’s willingness to pick up the ball and carry through a packed midfield led to a chance early in the half with Kennerley finding space down the left and getting a shot away however the linesman’s flag was raised which brought an end to a potential corner
1874 we’re forced into their final change only ten minutes into the second half, influential defender Mark Jones put himself on the line to block a shot from Murphy and as a result picked up and injury, he was replaced by Scott McGowan which saw another shift in shape with Jack Irlam having to drop into the back 4 and Scott joining Jamie Reed upfront
Unfortunately for us, these changes didn’t have the desired effect and we struggled to adapt leading to Ramsbottom getting a tighter grip of the game while already holding a lead
John Murphy was played in behind and he opened himself up to finish however Aghayere was down brilliantly to save 1on1 which drew a round of applause from the 261 in attendance
The benefits of playing two upfront were being shown in glimpses with McGowan and Reed finding more space but unfortunately was met with stout resistance from the Rammy’ back line who stifled any chance before they could amount to something
McGowan found room in the channel, he cut back to Gardner who was stretching but met the cross with an effort that went wide of the goal
Aghayere was called into action once again, another quality save down low to deny Rouse from the edge of the area allowed 74 to still only within a goal of getting something from the game
Jamie Reed forced Stewart into a fine save hitting a powerful effort towards the roof of the net which the Rammy’ stopper tipped over acrobatically
Ramsbottom got their second of the night and put the result beyond any doubt with the substitute Aaron Flemming showing great composure to cut inside Fenton and round Aghayere to finish smartly
A bad night all round for 1874, who were comfortably beaten by their hosts. Lots to ponder with a run of very difficult away games to come.
Ramsbottom: Stewart, Collinge, Kennedy, Barlow, Bamba, Cooper, Hasler-Cregg (Carey 77′), Ormrod (Rother 83′), Murphy, Rouse, Abadaki (Flemming 69′).
Subs not used: Osi-Efa, Grimshaw


Date Time League Season Attendance
Tue 1 Mar 2022 7:45 pm NPL Div One West 2021/22 261


The Harry Williams Stadium
Railway Street, Nuttall, Ramsbottom, Bury, Greater Manchester, North West England, England, BL0 9AB, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Ramsbottom United112
1874 Northwich000


RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Jordan CrossleyMatthew EdwardsAdam Watson

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