FOLLOWING last week’s epic 10-goal thriller at home to AFC Fylde, Ramsbottom’s fantastic FA Trophy run finally ended in Tuesday night’s replay on the coast.

The Rams had hit 16 goals in their previous three outings but could not pull off another heroic step as the National League high-flyers ran out 4-1 winners to book a quarter-final place against Barnet.

Iywrah Gooden was keeping the home defence on their toes right from the off in a frantic opening to the game and Jordan Tunnicliffe saw yellow after being forced to bring him down.

The game started to settle as both teams became more comfortable on the ball and, Rammy, far from fazed or intimidated by their unfamiliar surroundings, forced Fylde into several wayward passes.

When one of these broke to Gooden he was felled for another free kick, which Tom Kennedy could not get on target.

Gooden was proving the visitors’ main threat and he played in Jamie Rother for a shot at goal which was deflected wide for a corner.

Nic Evangelinos swung it in and the unmarked Kieran Lugsden scored to send the 234 away fans into rapture.

Gooden was caught in two minds as he homed in on goal with Ruben Jerome in support, which allowed Neill Byrne to rescue his team.

Ten minutes before half time Fylde were on level terms, as a clever move down the right freed Danny Rowe, and with the offside trap sprung he simply lifted the ball over a stranded Sam Ashton before wheeling away in celebration.

It got even better for the Coasters just before the break as Azerbaijan Under-19 star Serhat Tasdemir’s cross towards the back post was met by Tunniclifffe for a simple finish and a 2-1 lead.

It took just five minutes of the second half for Fylde to virtually make the tie safe, Tasdemir curling a fine finish beyond the outstretched glove of Ashton to give Fylde a two-goal cushion.

The third goal knocked the Rams out of their stride and Fylde began to turn the screw, Tom Crawford showing lovely skill to wrong-foot Jamie Rother and release Tasdemir, though Ashton stood firm and parried his effort behind.

After Evangelinos forced Lynch into making a routine stop, the goalscoring was completed by Fylde.

A searching ball forward put Rowe clear of the Ramsbottom back line, and he made no mistake in crashing in a fourth goal for his team and putting the outcome beyond doubt.

Fylde controlled the possession and the tempo throughout the last 10 minutes, to finally bring down the curtain on a monumental FA Trophy adventure for Ramsbottom United.

The run has taken in 12 games and close to 1,500 miles, with everyone associated with the club proud of what has been achieved and excited at what may be to come for a club on the up.

They did it the hard way too, with replays at every stage apart from the preliminary and first qualifying-round stage.

Rammy return to Evo-StikWest action this Saturday when they host Colwyn Bay.

Kick off at the Riverside Stadium is 3pm.