RAMSBOTTOM United won their FA Cup preliminary-round replay at Winsford on Monday, Ruben Jerome netting all three in a 3-1 win.

After sharing six goals in an action-packed first encounter it was an even opening to the return match, with Mason Fawns firing Rammy’s first chance on goal over.

Jerome struck his first goal on 24 minutes, a low shot from distance that caught out Winsford keeper Dane Rigby and fizzed inside the near post.

With the half time whistle seconds away Rams youngster Harry Norris was surprised to be shown a red card for a challenge in the midfield, meaning his side would have to play the second half with 10 men.

But the Rams were in the ascendancy after the restart, and doubled their lead midway through the half, Jerome capitalising on a collision between Rigby and a defender to tap the ball into an empty net.

Rammy almost cemented their place in the next round but Fawns’ shot was parried and Irywah Gooden put the loose ball wide.

Victory was sealed when Eddie Moran’s cross was glanced in by the head of Jerome to complete his hat-trick 13 minutes from time.

Though full-back Damian Skolorzynski scored a 25-yarder for Winsford it was only a consolation as Rammy booked their place at Maltby Main in the second qualifying round on Saturday.

Kick off at Muglet Lane is 3pm.

Two days earlier Chris Willcock’s side had fallen to a 2-0 defeat at Pontefract Collieries in a BetVictor League North West Division clash.

Jerome scuffed a chance wide and Nic Evangelinos was thwarted by a diving block from keeper Sebastian Mackowski.

And their early misses came back to haunt Rammy as Jameel Ible headed Pontefract’s first goal after half an hour and their lead was doubled five minutes into the second half, Vaughan Redford slotting in from close range after Michael Dunn had dribbled his way to the byline.

Colls should have made it 3-0 but Joe Lumsden blazed his shot over from close range. They had, however, done enough to collect the three points.