Hot-shot strikers allow Ramsbottom United to make flying start to Evo-Stik campaign

By Ross McLean

The goals have flowed for Ramsbottom United’s dynamic strike pairing of Lee Gaskell and Jon Robinson this season, with joint-manager Anthony Johnson purring over the duo’s form.

The prolific forwards fired ‘Rammy’ to the North West Counties Premier Division title last season and have started like a house on fire this time around in the Evo-Stik league.

Gaskell took his tally for the season to ten last Tuesday as United hit struggling GarforthTown for six.

Robinson, who missed the first few games of the campaign, scored two that night to take his own tab to six so far this term.

“They’ve got 16 between them already, which is the best start they’ve had in three seasons together,” Johnson told the Ramsbottom United website.

“And I’m not surprised – I’m pleased, but I’m not surprised. They usually score 20 goals per season, I knew they could do it again and they’ve hit the ground running.

“It’s good to have Robbo back fully fit and firing on all cylinders again and it’s good for Lee too.

“They’ve scored goals at this level before but this is the first time they’ve done it together – and it’s great to see them doing it in a Rammy shirt.

“They’re linking up really well and they’ve both been scoring in every game too, not just one of them, which is a real bonus for any team. It takes the pressure off others to score.”

The deadly strike partners have now scored 115 goals for Ramsbottom and will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing Harrogate Railway Athletic on Tuesday.

Rammy won their fourth match on the spin at Wakefield on Saturdayand for the first time in those four games neither Gaskell nor Robinson found the net. 

Having been starved of goals, United’s goal-hungry attackers will be the last thing the Yorkshiremen need, having conceded six as Burscough ran riot at Station View on Saturday.

Untied currently lie seventh in Evo-Stik League Division (One) North after a positive start to life at this level of football, although Johnson is refusing to get carried away.

“We’re on a good run and we’ve got ourselves in a good position,” he added. “But we’ll keep our feet on the ground.

“We won’t be making any statements, we’ll just try to keep doing the right things and see where it takes us.”

Picture credit: Rob Moss

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