SKELMERSDALE UNITED’S league season carried on to the very last kick, but Ramsbottom United wished it hadn’t
Just as the game from which much was expected looked to be fading out into a 0-0 draw that would certainly have suited the visitors from East Lancashire, the large West Lancashire College crowd were treated to a thrilling finale, one that every bit reflected the agony and ecstasy that brings people to football week after week.
Ramsbottom began the day requiring a point to keep their promotion hopes alive with a place in the play-offs.
Skelmersdale required a point to register a hundred in this famous season for them.
It was an even encounter with both teams sharing the few first-half chances.
After the break the game followed a similar pattern but the game completely changed in the 80th minute. Ramsbottom won a free-kick on the right and the ball was lofted to the far-post, Dawson lost his marker and drifted a header over the Skem defenders and inside the opposite post.
Within two minutes Skelmersdale equalised. A Morning corner from the right went to the far post, Dale Wright headed it back across goal and Antony Hickey headed home from about 3 yards out.
In the second minute of added time, Skelmersdale worked the ball down the right-wing, the ball was worked into the centre and it dropped to Hughes some twelve yards from goal, he rifled the ball low into the corner and Skelmersdale’s 110th league goal of the season had brought the 102nd point.