Neil Marshall column: Ramsbottom game is a six-pointer

Neil Marshall looks on as a late Lancaster City chance at Salford goes begging. Picture: Gareth Lyons
Neil Marshall looks on as a late Lancaster City chance at Salford goes begging. Picture: Gareth Lyons
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This Saturday is a really big game for us against Ramsbottom United at Giant Axe.

Like us, their aim is to make the play-offs come the end of the season and they’re just one place behind us in seventh.

We don’t like to lose any game and especially not against a direct rival who would go above us with a win.

I know it’s a phrase that’s used far too often in football, but for us, it is a bit of a six pointer.

There’s also the added incentive of avenging the drubbing we had a their place (a 6-0 loss back in October).

It was our worst performance of the season and we know we’ve got to play far better this time around.

It’s the kind of game all players want to play in, so it’s really pleasing to be fit again.

It was good to get back into the side on Saturday at Salford after missing nine or 10 weeks with injury.

It was great to put the kit back on and be in amongst the lads, but obviously it wasn’t the right result.

We went 1-0 up early on but they got back level with a penalty that we felt pretty aggrieved about.

The referee was only 10 yards away and didn’t have anyone in his way and originally said no.

But the linesman put his flag up and after a chat the referee decided his assistant had had a better view and pointed to the spot.

At half-time though we were still confident of getting the win and then they had a player sent off.

We were pushing for a second goal when the next red card came but in the end it might all have worked against us.

They simply put nine men behind the ball and we couldn’t get through or around them to create the chances we needed to.

But there’s no excuses, we should be winning games like that.

Our best chance saw the ball ricochet around the box before they cleared and went up the other end and got the winner with what was their only real chance of the second half as far as I can remember.