Danny Grainger’s side has been involved in a number of ‘match of the day’ encounters in recent weeks but it is fair to say that Saturday’s contest at Ramsbottom United is a bit more than just ‘another game’.
Second placed Rammy could dislodge Reds from top spot if they win the eagerly awaited BetVictor North West tussle with the league’s top scorers keen to bounce back after Tuesday’s defeat at Dunston.
A draw would keep Workington at the top of the table for another week at least and such an outcome would probably suit the chasing pack – Marine, Pontefract Collieries, Tadcaster Albion and Marske United – too!
Rammy and Reds have registered fourteen league wins so far with both winning nine on home soil and five on the road. They are currently separated by just one point with Ramsbottom having the best attack (60 goals scored, compared to Reds’ 50) but Workington possessing the better defensive record (19 goals conceded, compared to Rammy’s 35).
The West Cumbrians were knocked out of the FA Trophy at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, well beaten in fact, thirteen months ago and have never tasted victory at the picturesque ground on the banks of the Irwell.
They drew (0-0) there during our one season stay in the North West Counties League (’98-99) whilst both previous NPL encounters (’14-15 and ’15-16) finished as 1-1 draws.
Reds will be up against North West Division’s top scorer, Nic Evangelinos, with the Rammy front-man on 16 league goals so far. He scored against Reds last season in the Trophy reverse.
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