PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, September 16, to 11am on Saturday, September 22.
Callum Spooner from Glossop North End to Atherton Collieries
Jake Charles from Stalybridge Celtic to Ossett United
James Caton from Darlington FC to Stalybridge Celtic (long-term loan)
George Hughes from Shrewsbury to Stalybridge Celtic (youth loan)
Joshua Solomon-Davies from Tranmere Rovers to Stalybridge Celtic
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DAVE WILD is hoping a combination of home advantage and a lively crowd will roar MOSSLEY through to an FA Cup victory tomorrow (Saturday) and a £9,000 prize payment.
The Seel Park co-boss, whose side have made an impressive start to the season, believes the Lilywhites have what it takes to reach the third qualifying round of the competition for the first time since 2010.
He commented: “We’re up against Kidsgrove who play in the same division as ourselves and have a very similar record. We won’t be underestimating them but it’s a really good opportunity to make it into the next round. Fingers-crossed we can seize that chance and kick on.”
Striker Mike Fish (shoulder) is the only definite Mossley absentee. Godwin Abadaki faces a fitness test.
CURZON ASHTON will come up against an old face at Radcliffe. Striker Nathan Wharton, who was released during the summer, has scored eight goals in nine appearances for the Neuven Stadium side who top the Evo-stik NPL first division west and beat Stalybridge in the last round.
Nash manager John Flanagan said: “Even though we play two levels higher than Radcliffe it’s anybody’s game for me.
“Radcliffe have started extremely well and they’ll be very hungry. I expect Ben Wharton to be a real handful.”
Curzon’s own star striker, Adam Morgan, misses the tie after picking up a hamstring injury in training. Oliver Crankshaw is also out, having an injured a foot against Brackley last week.
On the plus side, Danny Shaw has improved faster than expected and could be available if he passes a morning fitness test. Cameron McJannett is also in contention having recovered from a calf strain.
Jody Banim is likely to pick an unchanged side when ASHTON UNITED face Trafford at Hurst Cross.
In the Evo-stik premier division, STALYBRIDGE CELTIC will attempt to put their disappointing midweek Integro Cup performance at Hyde behind them when they take on struggling Matlock Town at Bower Fold.
Midfielders Tom Brown (hamstring) and Greg Wilkinson (hip) will again be missing through injury, but winger James Caton, who has arrived on loan from Darlington, will start as manager Simon Haworth looks to freshen things up.
Luke Porritt should return for HYDE UNITED who are away to Whitby Town. Janni Lipka, who was substituted as a precaution early in Tuesday’s derby with Stalybridge, should also be fit to play.
Chris Sutherland could be back to fitness by early October.
In the first division west, GLOSSOP NORTH END face DROYLSDEN in a derby clash at Surrey Street.
The Hillmen, who recorded their first win in midweek when they beat Grantham 6-0 in the Integro Cup, have no injuries. Their squad will be the same except for the inclusion of former Mossley midfielder Jack Tuohy.
Droylsden could feature two new players — both of them ex-Manchester United forwards.
Phil Marsh was acquired from Rhyl at the start of the week, after a long wait for international clearance.
Febian Brandy, who was at Ebbsfleet last season, was a very popular Old Trafford reserve-team player ten years ago and scored the goal that beat Juventus in the Champions Youth Cup final in 2007. Small, fast and exciting, he was seen by some as having the potential to be a red Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Dave Pace’s only injury doubt is Domaine Rouse. Midfielder Ian Bennett has been released.
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MISFIRING HYDE UNITED travel to Grantham in the Evo-stik premier division tomorrow (Saturday) looking to rediscover the bite that has been missing so far this season.
The Tigers, who barely lost a game for 18 months, are out of the FA Cup and have won only once in the league so far, and that was on the first day of the campaign. They have struggled to score, too, finding the net only five times in six NPL matches.
Manager Darren Kelly has complete confidence in his squad’s talent and character but he may have to head to Lincolnshire without the highly-rated Luke Porritt who needs a fitness test. The wideman missed the 2-0 midweek defeat by Warrington after suffering a succession of very heavy challenges at Colne last Saturday.
Centre-back John McCombe’s knee problem looks to have cleared up and he should return. Ross Daly is also available but has a three-match ban looming after getting a straight red on Tuesday.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC will be without three key players as they bid to end a run of four consecutive defeats.
Midfielders Tom Brown (hamstring) and Greg Wilkinson (hip) will be absent when the Bridge take on newly-promoted and unbeaten Bamber Bridge at Bower Fold.
Goalkeeper James Aspinall will make his home debut after arriving on loan from Bolton Wanderers to replaced Jake Taylor who has a broken wrist.
Adam Morgan, the hat-trick hero of CURZON ASHTON’s FA Cup second-round tie against Wimbledon in 2016, is back at the Tameside Stadium and should play in tomorrow’s home game with Brackley Town in National League North.
Morgan, a proven goalscorer and an England international at under-17 and under-19 level, gave the Nash a 3-0 lead against the Dons only for the EFL side to spoil the fairytale with four goals in the last ten minutes. He then spent two years at Halifax before joining League of Ireland club Sligo Rovers.
Curzon’s only absentee is Cameron McJannett who has a calf strain. Defender Danny Shaw is doubtful with knee ligament damage.
ASHTON UNITED are away to Hereford. The Bulls sacked their boss, Peter Beadle, earlier this week but Robins manager Jody Banim rejects any suggestion that will make the game easier for his team.
“It won’t help because it’ll make Hereford unpredictable. We’ve been planning for the previous manager and the way he sets teams up. Now we don’t know what their approach will be,” said Banim.
Three players are out of contention: Kyle Jacobs, Nicky Platt and Mathias Bakare. Striker John McAtee has returned to Shrewsbury Town.
In the Evo-stik NPL first division west, GLOSSOP NORTH END will have another new face in the side at Widnes. Joel Bembo Leta has been signed from Bangor City and should go into the team alongside former Stoke City youngster Theo Brierley who made his debut against Skelmersdale last week.
DROYLSDEN, who ended Colne’s 100 per cent start to the season in midweek, entertain Chasetown, but will do so with five players missing. Callum Bagshaw, Michael Brewster, Ryan Jennings and Alex Frost are all injured. Sam Madeley is unavailable due to work commitments.
There is good and bad news for MOSSLEY who slipped to their first defeat of the season on Tuesday when Trafford beat them with an injury-time goal.
Adam Jones and Dieter Downey are both banned, but Mike Fish’s shoulder injury is not as bad as first thought, and he could feature. Andy Keogh returns and there is a chance Godwin Abadaki could be back.
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CHORLEY might be the unbeaten leaders of National League North but that won’t stop ASHTON UNITED setting out to win when the two sides meet at Hurst Cross tomorrow (Saturday).
Robins manager Jody Banim sees no reason why his team can’t spring a surprise even though the Magpies have won seven of their eight league matches and have only conceded three goals while scoring 15.
“I think we can do something, most definitely. I don’t see why not,” said Banim. “We got into every game looking to win.
“Chorley are a difficult team to predict because they can play a few different ways. They can sit deep or they can press high. We’ll have to see what sort of team they pick and then assess a plan.”
Banim has brought in two defenders to shore up a back line which has conceded 19 goals. Luke Ashworth comes in from FC United and Jak Hickman has been signed on loan from Stockport County.
“We need to be more solid as a defensive unit. When you’re letting in as many goals as we are you have to try something different,” added Banim.
John Flanagan has two injury doubts as he tries to rally his CURZON ASHTON side after last week’s disappointing home defeat at the hands of bottom club Nuneaton.
The Nash head to Altrincham with Danny Shaw (knee) and Alex Samizadeh (hip) rated 50/50.
In the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, STALYBRIDGE CELTIC must visit unbeaten Radcliffe without the services of Jake Turner.
The goalkeeper, who has impressed since joining the Bridge on a season-long loan from Bolton Wanderers, broke a wrist during the warm-up for Tuesday’s defeat by South Shields. He played the full 90 minutes before finding out he had sustained a fracture. He is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.
Manager Simon Haworth has moved quickly to plug the gap, taking Bolton youngster James Aspinall on a work-experience loan.
Celtic’s only other absentee is influential midfielder Greg Wilkinson who has a damaged hip.
MOSSLEY, who beat Ossett United on penalties in midweek, travel to Clitheroe. Dieter Downey is suspended after being controversially sent off against Ramsbottom last Saturday. Steve Mason is eligible to play and Logan Jeffs returns to the squad.
Astley Mulholland misses HYDE UNITED’s game as his loan agreement from Barrow does not allow him to play in the FA Cup. Otherwise, the Tigers have a full squad for what will be a tough tie at Colne who are joint top of the Evo-stik NPL first division west with maximum points from four matches.
In the NPL, GLOSSOP NORTH END face Skelmersdale at Surrey Street still looking for their first win of the season.
Co-bosses Mark Canning and Andy Bishop were looking to make two loan signings in time for the game. Canning said: “We need to strengthen in certain areas.” The Hillmen have no injury worries.
DROYLSDEN, who have no game tomorrow, have signed 29-year-old midfielder Javan Vidal from Bradford Park Avenue. The former England under-19 and under-20 international began his career at Manchester City, and has had spells with Stockport County, Rochdale and Tamworth.
Defender Jacques Kpohomouh has moved to the south coast to join up with his family.