Following a bye in the last round of the Macron Cup, on Saturday we travel to near-neighbours Ramsbottom United in the second round of the competition.
It’s back-to-back cup matches for Dave McNabb’s side after Tuesday’s league fixture with Pilkington was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
McNabb is taking a full squad up the A56 to take on the Rams, but could look to introduce players from our Under 23s squad who are also available for selection.
Ramsbottom come into the game off the back of an FA Vase win on penalties against Bottesford Town, last Saturday and despite the club proximity, it’s the first time the clubs have faced each other competitively, a number of friendlies have been played down the years at the iconic Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.
The Rams have won three of their last six games, all of those wins have been in cup competitions. Twice in the FA Vase and the other being in the previous round of the Macron Cup in a 3-0 win over Nelson at the HWRS.
Tickets – Pay On The Gate
Adults – £9
Concessions – £5 (U16s & Over 65s)
The Harry Williams Riverside Stadium is a CASH ONLY stadium, so please bring cash for entrance, food drink, programmes etc.
Travel & Parking
Address: Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom, Bury. The club doesn’t have a postcode, nearest being BL0 0BS.
Public Transport: Services 472, 474 and B1 depart from Bury Interchange and offer frequent reliable service. X41 express service runs from Manchester to Accrington, stopping in Ramsbottom.
Nearest train: The East Lancs Railway station is adjacent to the ground, and steam and diesel trains run regularly on Saturdays from Rawtenstall in the north through to Heywood in the south. The main base is in Bury town centre at Bolton Street, where you can also board services. Timetables available HERE.
From South: M66 (North) to J1. Take A56 towards Ramsbottom. After 1 mile, turn left at traffic lights down Bury New Road. Follow road into town centre, and turn left immediately before railway level crossing. Ground at end of road.
From North: Leave the A56 (Edenfield by-pass) at start of M66. Follow signs for Ramsbottom into town centre. Turn left at traffic lights onto Bridge Street. Turn right immediately after railway level crossing. Ground at end of road.
Parking: The car-park will be strictly limited to players, management, match officials & club officials. All spectators will need to park either in the town centre or on neighbouring streets.
Ground Facilities: For those arriving early, the town of Ramsbottom has been described as being one of the best places in the country to live. Within a couple of minutes walk, are numerous independent shops, bars and restaurants.
The cricket club bar is open from 1.30pm on a Saturday, whilst the football club turnstiles open an hour before kick-off.
Inside the stadium is a Tea Bar serving pie and peas, confectionery and hot and cold drinks, with proper mugs!
Cans of Beer, Lager and Cider are also available inside the stadium from opening until the beginning of the second half.
Freedom of movement around the stadium offers standing both open air and under cover, and covered seating, with no restrictions of movement.
Match Coverage & Live Stream
If you are unable to make the game, we’ll have all the live coverage across our media platforms.
Live Stream: For this game, we will have no live stream. Keep up-to-date with all our video content via the club’s YouTube Channel. Click to subscribe and never miss highlights and match reaction across the season.
Audio Commentary: Roch Valley Radio will be providing commentary for this game. Click here ahead of kick-off to listen live. Audio commentary will be provided for every game of the season, so you will never miss a piece of the action.
Social Media: Our team will also bring you in-depth text commentary via the club ‘MatchDay Live‘ Twitter feed, with team news and half time and full time updates available also on Facebook and feel like you are there with our match galleries and imagery available over on Instagram.
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Up the Shakers!