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Preview Droylsden v Rambsottom United
Tuesday 10th January 2017 @ 15:38 by Mark Phillip

Tuesday evening marks the second game in the space of 72 hours for Droylsden FC – weather permitting, of course!

The Bloods’ invite Ramsbottom United to the Butchers Arms for an Evo-Stik Division One North fixture.

Droylsden enter the clash on the back of a much-needed 2-1 victory over Ossett Albion, while Ramsbottom, who boast former Audenshaw School pupil Josh Askew, claimed a surprising 1-1 draw at promotion chasing Ossett Town on Saturday.

The victory gives Dave Pace’s side an eight point cushion above the relegation zone, while Ramsbottom sit three places and one point above the Bloods’ in 13th.

Both sides have struggled to find form this season and find themselves in a somewhat compromising position. Despite the numerical gap between themselves and the relegation zone, things could potentially change – positively or negatively – within the space of a few games.

A good return over the next couple of games would really ease the relegation fears, while a poor set of results could spell real danger of plummeting towards the danger zone.

Nevertheless, both sides will feel confident that they can avoid the latter scenario quite comfortably – and why shouldn’t they?

Ramsbottom boast no less than prolific non-league striker Gareth Seddon – who found fame on the BBC’s ‘Class of 92’ documentary last year – while Droylsden have just recruited the services of experienced Football League defender, Clayton Mcdonald, on a dual registration from Altrincham.

Should the 28-year-old play to the best of his abilities, Droylsden’s questionable defensive record could well be rectified.

When the two sides previously met in September, it was Ramsbottom that claimed the points in a 3-2 win.

Steve Lewis, who returned to Welsh Premier League side Rhyl in December, notched both goals for Droylsden.

The strikers departure has left a big hole in the Droylsden attacking department. Lewis notched 12 times during his fairly brief stint with the club which made him one of the leagues most potent strikers.

So, with this in mind, you have to feel that if Droylsden want a comfortable end to the season, they’ll need to replace his services sharpish.

Tonight’s kick-off is scheduled for 7.45pm.