Friday, April 06, 2007

Brighter at the Riverside

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Meanwhile things are brighter at the Riverside and it will be an Easter Saturday like no other at Ramsbottom United tomorrow (Sat).

More than 1,000 FC United football supporters will swamp the town to see the recently formed Reds take on the Rams.

The crowd limit is 1,750 and less than 500 tickets remained unsold this week.

They will be on sale today (3.30-4.30pm) and tomorrow morning and could soon be snapped up with FC United regularly attracting between 2,000 and 4,000 fans to their home games at Bury’s Gigg Lane.

Some FC United supporters will enjoy a day’s outing to the match on East Lancashire Railway’s Rammy Rattler and intend to travel through to Rawtenstall from Bury before returning to Ramsbottom for the game.

The match will considerably boost the coffers of the Riverside outfit, who feel they owe the opposition one after conceding a 2-0 lead in the final 20 minutes in the reverse fixture at Gigg Lane and eventually losing 3-2.

Ramsbottom will have an 25 extra stewards in attendance with a number enlisted from Leeds United.

The ground will be tightly packed and that should create a unique atmosphere.

Ramsbottom boss Lee Sculpher is looking forward to the clash.

Lee Sculpher said: ‘It sticks in the craw a bit that we were 2-0 up with 20 minutes to go and we normally would do a bit better than that.

‘It will obviously be different to the normal crowd. There will be less than 2,000 but they will only be a metre or two from the pitch so it will feel like 3,000.

‘The way we have played recently I am more than hopeful that we have enough about us to get something out of the game.’

Lee Cryer is struggling with a hamstring injury and is rated 50/50 but Matt Houldsworth should recover from a foot injury.

FC United fans then intend to watch the Portsmouth v Manchester United match in Ramsbottom pubs after the NWCL game.