RAMSBOTTOM United completed their league campaign on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 win at Glossop North End.

The Rams had lost 3-2 at Atherton Collieries two days earlier, and conceded an early goal to their hosts but fought back to end the season with a victory.

Glossop made the ideal start to the contest with a second-minute goal, former Bury striker Andy Bishop keeping his composure to make the most of a one-on-one showdown with Rammy keeper Sam Ashton.

The Rams reacted positively to the setback and Sam Madeley headed wide from a Jerome Wright free kick before Wright himself burst through but sent his shot the wrong side of the post.

Rammy spurned the perfect chance to equalise when Greg Daniels was upended in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

After converting three penalties in the last three matches, Daniels took the responsibility but Saunders palmed away his attempt.

The visitors continued to create more chances with Tom Brooks and Madeley having efforts that did not trouble Saunders.

Glossop almost doubled their lead with half an hour played when Courtney Meppen-Walter sent Lewis Lacy surging towards goal but the striker’s shot was comfortably saved by Ashton, who also denied Liam Turner late in the half.

Injury ended Harry Foulds’ afternoon minutes before the interval, Lee Gaskell replacing him.

During the break another replacement had to be made as the referee had sustained an injury, an assistant referee taking over after a plea had been made over the PA system for a volunteer to run the line.

The second period began with the away side on the front foot and the Rams grabbed a deserved equaliser as a corner was cleared as far as Phil Dean who passed it to Wright and he evaded two challenges before sending a low shot into the bottom corner of the goal.

With confidence buoyed by the goal Ramsbottom continued to look an attacking threat and almost took the lead when a free kick was flicked on by Gaskell and the ball fell to Ryan Ellison in front of goal but the defender’s shot flew over the crossbar.

With 10 minutes of the second half played the Rams edged in front when a move down the left resulted in a clever flick from Gaskell which set Jerome Wright on a powerful run to the byline before pulling the ball back to Madeley whose confident first-time finish found the corner of the goal for his third goal in two games.

The encounter continued with both sides putting on a very watchable match and chances continually created.

Madeley sent a free kick fractionally wide and, at the other end, Lacy fired over when well placed.

As the clock ticked towards full time and the Rams supporters nervously checked their watches the final goal sealed victory for the visitors.

A poor clearance from Sam Parkinson fell to Wright and he capped a fine display by surging into the Glossop area and sending a low drive past Saunders to register his 18th goal of the season.

The victory meant Ramsbottom United could celebrate a final-day victory that secured the same finishing position, 14th, as they achieved last season.