Late Drama Denies United
Ramsbottom United 2-1 Ossett United
Pitching In Northern Premierl League First Division N/West
Ossett United suffered 95th minute heartbreak as Ramsbottom struck a late winner.
For much of the game a draw looked to be on the cards with both sides playing very different strategies.
In the early stages Connolly was released down the right following good football, his cut back, intended for Haswell was cut out by the keeper.
Ramsbottom’s game plan was clear to see, get the ball forward to Sefton Gonzales and play from theirs. Aided by a number of soft free kicks throughout they were able to put Burke and Clark under a lot of pressure.
It may not be pretty but it is effective and only three excellent saves by Max Dearnley kept the score at 0-0
O’Brien had the next chance for Ramsbottom latching into a ball over the top, he homed in on Dearnley who was untroubled as the ball fired wide.
Ossett United continued to attack with purpose as Green played the ball to Haswell, he turned his defender inside out before firing home the opening goal from a tight angle.
A scrappy period ensued with Ramsbottom trying to influence the referee as much as they could but it was Ossett who should have doubled their lead. Normanton and Connolly combined but the shot went over.
As half time approached Ramsbottom got their equaliser and it was a painful blow for Ossett. A shirt back pass forced Dearnley out of his goal, under pressure from Gonzales his clearance had little distance and with the defence unable to help Donaldson lifted the ball into the net.
All square at half time was a fair score, but winning with 44 minutes on the clock was tough to take.
Ossett had claims for a penalty in the second half turned down, Normanton, clear through was pursued by a Ramsbottom player who stumbled, fell and knocked over Normanton as he was about to shoot.
Normanton again went close as Ossett looked to take the game to Ramsbottom but just couldn’t get that telling touch.
Ossett United where furious when Kyle Harrison was only cautioned for a poor tackle on Haswell and even more frustrated minutes later when he escaped a second caution for a tackle identical to one Hogg picked up a yellow card for.
Ramsbottom were indebted to their keeper, as Ossett were to Dearnley in the first half, as first an excellent stop prevented Harrison from scoring and the Burke saw a header tipped wide.
Ramsbottom caused problems as the game drew to a close Gonzales at the centre of everything then as the clock ticked passed the three added minutes a Ramsbottom corner was partially cleared, the shot fired back in took a deflection and fell to Osi-Efa to stab the ball home.
“If you wrote a script for a side at the wrong end of the table this is how it would play out” said a Ramsbottom official after the game.
1. Max Dearnley, Harry Gagen, 3. Ross Hardaker, 4. Luke Hogg, 5. Jimmy Burke, 6. Cameron Clark, 7. Nash Connolly, 8. Jack Stockdill (c), 9. Jack Normanton (14. Nick Guest), 10. George Green (12. Elliot Harrison), 11. Aaron Haswell (Goal) (15. Tom Bamford) | GK Jake Teale