RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Robinson goal counts for nothing as Rams finish with nine men

SENT FLYING Rams new boy Osebi Abadaki takes a tumble against Nantwich Pictures by Rob Moss

SENT FLYING Rams new boy Osebi Abadaki takes a tumble against Nantwich Pictures by Rob Moss

First published in Ramsbottom United

A disastrous second half ruined the good work of a Rams side fresh from their first win of the season at Rushall Olympic.

Jordan Hulme laid on Monday’s opening goal on 21 minutes as his perfect cross from the right allowed Jon Robinson to net the simplest of headers.

Osebi Abadaki came close to opening his account for the club with a fierce drive from 25 yards which keeper Terry Smith did well to smother, and then from close range when his effort sailed inches wide.

Despite the constant threat of lanky Nantwich winger Vinney Mukendi, the Rams dominated most of the half but Nantwich came out refreshed after the break and equalised on 52 minutes as Mukendi slipped the ball neatly to Alex Meaney who finished from close range.

On 59 minutes, Mukendi poked the ball home between two dithering defenders from almost on the goal-line and barely had the Dabbers fans stopped celebrating than they were cheering a third with Mark Winslade scoring from 10 yards out.

The Rams went down to 10 men in the 65th minute when Robinson head-butted an opponent and two minutes from time Max Harrop’s run into the box on was unceremoniously ended by diving keeper Grant Shenton, who was booked before Adam Shenton made it 4-1. There was still time for a second red card as Hulme went for a second bookable offence.

The Rams broke their duck at the third time of asking on Saturday with a convincing 4-2 victory in the Midlands. Phil Dean gave them a fifth-minute lead and Hulme doubled the advantage on 28 minutes.

Josh Craddock grabbed a double for Rushall Olympic either side of a Robinson penalty and a goal from Dean.

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