RAMSBOTTOM United face 10 games in 22 days to end their season in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, and kick off the daunting run by taking on league leaders FC United tomorrow.

The fixture pile up caused by bad weather means Jon Robinson’s men still have eyes on a top half finish despite currently sitting five points above the relegation zone.


And the backlog for the Rams could get worse should they win Wednesday night’s Doodson Sport Cup semi-final with lower division Farsley AFC and book a final date with Warrington Town.

“I don’t know when that will be played,” admits Robinson.

“We don’t have any free dates for fixtures now so hopefully we will get all of ours played.

“We will have to use the squad we have. We have got 23 players signed on and we will need to use them over the next month.”

Robinson’s Rams could have picked an easier start to their run than leaders FC United, Only Conference National side Torquay United, in the FA Trophy, have beaten the Manchester men in their past 25 games and they seem certain to earn promotion to the Conference North come the end of the season.

And Robinson is relishing the clash, which is expected to attract a four figure crowd.

“It’s a big game for us, the Rams boss added.

“It’s always good when FC United come to town. they bring a lot of fans and create a really good atmosphere.

“We know it will be a tough game but we have to play the game and not the occasion., “They are top of the table and going well but we are a good side and hopefully we can get a good result.

“It’s a massive month for us now.”

And Robinson, whose side has been re-jigged since the mid-season departures of joint managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley, believes the Rams have turned a corner in the past few months after sliding dangerously close to the relegation zone.

“We knew we were going to take some hits along the way,” Robinson added.

“It was going to take time for the players to get to know each other and understand each other’s games. I think we have that now. We just had to keep everyone’s spirits up but we are going in the right direction now.”

Ramsbottom are urging supporters to get to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium in plenty of time.

The club had attempted to change match day prices to £10 for adults and £5 for concessions to help save time on the turnstiles but that involved a £1 price rise which was met by a backlash on social media from the visiting United fans.

Prices have now been confirmed as £9 for adult and £4 for concessions.