Michael Fish from Mossley to Rushden and Diamonds
Jack Dyche from Scunthorpe United to Ashton United
Luke Pilling from Tranmere Rovers to Ashton United
Benjamin Deegan from Warrington Town to Droylsden
William Hasler-Cregg from Buxton to Droylsden
Scott Metcalfe from Warrington Town to Droylsden
Luke Trimble from Hyde United to Kidsgrove Athletic
Cameron Mason from Curzon Ashton to Mossley
Keenan Quansah from Burscough to Mossley
William Smart from Droylsden to Warrington Town
A WEEK after beating seemingly unstoppable leaders Fylde, CURZON ASHTON face another promotion-chasing club in National League North tomorrow (Saturday).
They visit fifth-placed Darlington with only one injury. Midfielder Joe Guest has a knee ligament strain and is likely to be out for two weeks.
The FA have told John Flanagan they will be taking no further action following the red card he received at Tamworth on January 7. The Curzon boss commented: “I always knew it was scandalous.”
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC take on Telford United at Bower Fold desperate for a win to help them close the gap at the bottom of National League North. Last weekend’s 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Gainsborough has left them 12 points from safety.
Bridge will be without midfielders Kristian Platt (groin) and Gary Gee (ribs), but skipper Matty Hughes has recovered from the ankle injury that caused him to miss Tuesday’s Cheshire Senior Cup extra-time defeat at Crewe and will start.
Also expected to be in the starting line up is new man Sefton Gonzales. The striker, signed this week from Colne, has been brought in to bolster the lowest scoring attack in the league.
On the debit side, long-term injury victim Jay Gorton is expected to miss the rest of the season after his cartilage operation had to be cancelled because he had contracted an infection.
Curzon and Stalybridge meet at the Tameside Stadium on Monday evening.
In the Evo-stik NPL premier division, ASHTON UNITED head east to take part in a clash of two in-form teams. The Robins have won four games on the bounce while hosts Grantham are unbeaten in 12 matches, of which they have won ten.
Two new faces will feature in the Hurst Cross squad: striker Jack Dyche, who is back until the end of the season after having been recalled by parent club Scunthorpe United, and goalkeeper Luke Pilling who has signed on a month’s loan from Tranmere Rovers.
Co-boss Jody Banim commented: “I went to watch Tranmere play at Warrington in the Cheshire Senior Cup and Luke was exceptional. His kicking was unbelievable and his distribution was impressive too.
“It’s a massive plus to have Jack back because not only did he score three goals in four games when he was with us before Christmas, but he complements Ryan Crowther and Matt Chadwick. We’ve got pace throughout the side now and its scaring opponents.
“There were three areas Will (Haining) and I wanted to improve — a third striker, a centre-back and a goalkeeper, and we’ve got two out of three. We’re so nearly there. If we can get the third player and stay free of injuries I believe we can make a very strong finish.
“We’re full of confidence at the moment and I’m really looking forward to the game at Grantham.”
Wide player Johnny Gorman has been allowed to return to Curzon Ashton.
In the first division north, DROYLSDEN will be looking to stretch their unbeaten start to 2017 to seven games. It’s a remarkable run that has taken them into the top half of the table and within sight of the play-off places.
However, tomorrow’s game at Kendal is in doubt and there will be a pitch inspection at Parkside Road at 9.30am.
Wide man Billy Hasler Cregg has returned to the Butchers Arms and was on the bench for Tuesday’s draw with Farsley. Striker Tom Peers has recovered from a bug. Clayton McDonald faces a fitness test.
MOSSLEY have a full squad for the visit of Tameside neighbours HYDE UNITED, but striker Mike Fish has signed for Brighouse Town.
The Tigers have two injury concerns — winger Ryan White and striker Chris Sutherland. It’s thought the starting line-up could be the same as the one for Tuesday’s match at Ramsbottom which could not go ahead because of floodlight problems.
Eddie Moran and Nicky Platt are again the only absentees for GLOSSOP NORTH END who travel to Ossett Town.
DEFENDER Fraser Horsfall could make a surprise return for STALYBRIDGE CELTIC when they visit fellow strugglers Gainsborough Trinity for a six-point relegation clash in National League North tomorrow (Saturday).
The Huddersfield Town loanee was expected to be out for up to a month after picking up an ankle injury in the win over Halifax Town two weeks ago, but he may feature in a back line that kept its first Bower Fold clean sheet in 15 league games.
New boy Chris Baguley could make his first start in midfield as Bridge look to narrow the nine-point gap on Bradford Park Avenue at the bottom of the table.
Celtic face a spell of four games in nine days with a trip to Crewe Alexandra in the Cheshire Senior Cup on Tuesday, followed by a visit from Telford United before their crunch derby at the Tameside Stadium a week on Monday (January 30).
The shake-up John Flanagan unveiled at CURZON ASHTON on Monday has continued throughout the week.
Immediately after the 1-1 draw with Gloucester City, the Nash boss held meetings with Simon Woodford and Salford City striker Matt Warburton. Woodford was released, while it was believed Curzon’s hopes of signing Warburton had been dashed by his wage demands.
If this was true, the problems must have been resolved the following day. Warburton joined Curzon in midweek and the club are relying on him to take over the scoring mantle relinquished by Adam Morgan when he moved to Halifax just before Christmas.
Woodford, brother of Nash chief executive Natalie Atkinson, has joined Glossop who beat Ashton United to his signature. Fellow defender Andy Watson, who has recently regained fitness after a long injury lay-off, has moved to FC United.
Flanagan said: “I would like to thank both players for their major contribution to Curzon Ashton’s progress over the last five years. They are both still desperate to play on a regular basis and unfortunately I was unable to guarantee that.”
Tomorrow the Nash are home to seemingly invincible table-toppers Fylde.
In the Evo-stik NPL permit division, ASHTON UNITED face Halesowen at Hurst Cross on the back of a three-game winning run, their best spell of the season so far.
Fans were generally in agreement that the Robins’ second-half performance against Northwich Victoria in the Integro Cup on Tuesday was their most impressive of the campaign and Jody Banim wouldn’t disagree.
“Will (Haining) and I let loose on the lads a bit at half time and we got the response we needed. Vics had come at us like a train in the first few minutes but then they started to run out of steam. We ended up creating so many chances we could have scored seven or eight,” said the co-boss.
Striker Nico Collins was in the squad and retains his place tomorrow. However, Curzon have recalled central defender Danny Shaw.
Banim added: “It’s a massive blow to lose Danny and I have to say I’m a bit disappointed about it because when we signed him, Curzon said they wouldn’t just take him back. Just when it looked like we were getting a squad together to push on it’s been ripped apart again. It’s very frustrating but I suppose that’s the way it goes at this level.”
In the first division north, Bolton winger Ryan White has returned to HYDE UNITED who take on Prescot Cables at Ewen Fields. Recent signings Lawrence Hunter, Paddy Miller and Chris Sutherland could all make their home debuts, and hotshot striker Matt Beadle is fit again.
Midfielder Laurie Bell is unlikely to play as he is dual registered with Macclesfield Town and has been turning out for them. After several weeks on the injury list, striker Ayrton Bevins could get a place on the bench.
The Tigers have announced they will host Altrincham in the Cheshire Senior Cup on Tuesday, February 14.
Jordan Bove, Danny Byrnes and Darrhyl Mason could all be back for MOSSLEY at Ossett Albion. Returning striker Dougie Carroll has joined Wythenshawe Town to get some match practice.
New signing Simon Woodford is set to feature for GLOSSOP NORTH END who are home to Tadcaster Albion. Eddie Moran and Nicky Platt remain injured.
DROYLSDEN should be confident of extending their unbeaten start to 2017 as their visitors tomorrow are bottom of the table Burscough. Defender Clayton McDonald misses out with a quad strain and Adam Farrell has a damaged hamstring. Shaq Clarke and Phil Clarke are long-term absentees.
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, January 8, to 11am on Saturday, January 14.
Clayton McDonald from Altrincham to Droylsden
William Smart from Burscough to Droylsden
Lawrence Hunter from Bamber Bridge to Hyde United
Paddy Miller from Farsley Celtic to Hyde United