PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, January 20, to 11am on Saturday, January 26.
Matthew Russell from Radcliffe to Glossop North End
Nathan Heath from Canada to Stalybridge Celtic
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WHAT a difference a win makes. Victory over FC United last week, and a vast improvement in the injury situation, have palpably lifted the mood at ASHTON UNITED.
If the Robins can repeat that win at bottom club Nuneaton Borough tomorrow (Saturday) manager Jody Banim believes his side will have dramatically improved their chances of National League North survival.
“By beating FC United we gave ourselves half a chance,” he commented. “But now that I’ve got most of my injured players back, and we’ve got new faces coming in, I believe we can strengthen our hand before the run-in.
“We’ve got Craig Hobson back and virtually a clean bill of health. So we’re up for the challenge. We’re playing the clubs around us and I believe we’ve got a good chance.”
Banim has already brought in two players on loan from Oldham Athletic. Sonhy Sefil is a centre-back from Martinique, and Javid Swaby-Neavin is a 17-year-old left-back.
More signings should follow next week but one of Banim’s targets, Fleetwood defender Lewis Baines, has joined Stockport County.
The only player injured in addition to broken-jaw victim Mark Lees is Remy Howarth, who has a damaged hamstring.
CURZON ASHTON, who are looking to make it five straight league wins in 2019, face Darlington at the Tameside Stadium.
Manager Mark Bradshaw said: “I’ll be picking from the same group of players as last week. Danny Shaw is close to a return to training and I’d say that Connor Hughes and Adam Morgan are three to four weeks away.
“We’ve let Jack O’Leary go to Glossop North End on a dual registration so that he can get some minutes in.”
In the Evo-stik NPL premier division, STALYBRIDGE CELTIC travel to Buxton buoyed by the news that defender Josh Solomon-Davies returns to the squad. That leaves only Elliot Cooke (ankle ligaments) on the injury list.
Manager Simon Haworth has added to his squad this week by snapping up left-sided defender Nathan Heath on his return from a scholarship in America. Heath made 26 appearances for Celtic in the 2014-15 season after joining from Cambridge United.
HYDE UNITED are as good as at full-strength for their home clash with Marine who feature on-loan Curzon striker Niall Cummins up front. The only absentee is Chris Sutherland who continues to struggle with a long-term Achilles tendon injury.
After beating Witton with a late goal last week the Tigers will be hoping for another win to take them closer to the play-off places.
Having beaten first division west leaders Radcliffe last week, MOSSLEY find themselves at home to their replacements, Atherton Collieries, tomorrow.
They go into the match on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run in which they have won seven times, but they may have to do without 100-goal striker Michael Fish who faces a fitness test on a knee. Defender Steve Mason completes a suspension.
Co-bosses Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison have ripped up the template at GLOSSOP NORTH END after last week’s 5-0 defeat at Ramsbottom.
As well as Curzon defender Jack O’Leary, they have signed former Oldham and Radcliffe defender Callum Scullion, Sandbach keeper Matty Green (dual registration), midfielder Steve Yarwood from Wythenshawe Town, and Matty Russell returns from Runcorn Linnets.
Jack Tuohy returns after two weeks out but Frank Jones, Ross Murphy and Paul Marshall are all injured and unavailable. Devon Golden has been sent to Abbey Hey to get some match fitness.
DROYLSDEN are home to Newcastle Town. Assistant-manager Aeon Lattie said: “We have no injury worries. We’re just hoping for good weather and to get the game on.”
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, January 13, to 11am on Saturday, January 19.
Declan Baldwin from Oldham Athletic to Glossop North End (work experience)
Niall Cummins from Curzon Ashton to Marine (long-term loan)
Andrew Scott from Accrington Stanley to Stalybridge Celtic (youth loan)
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THE moment of truth has arrived in ASHTON UNITED’s season. Manager Jody Banim believes they have to win their next two games if they are to have a realistic hope of avoiding relegation from National League North.
Both matches are against fellow strugglers from the drop zone. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Robins are home to FC United. In a week’s time they visit Nuneaton.
“We have to win the next two to have any chance of staying up. I’m not saying we’d definitely go down if we lost but it’d be very difficult so stay up,” Banim commented.
Two new faces will feature in the squad. Striker Jamie Reed has come in from Newtown and goalkeeper George McMahon has signed on loan from Burnley. But on the debit side, Josh Askew and James Jones have been recalled by Salford City. Sam Sheridan and Remy Howarth will also miss out.
Banim said: “I’ve got 16 players, but you only need 11. We’re confident. One place where we have a lot of options is up front where we have Matty Chadwick, Craig Hobson, Jamie Reed and Liam Martin.”
Despite Banim’s upbeat tone, Ashton face a difficult ordeal tomorrow. They have won only once in their last ten games while FC United won 3-2 at the Horsfall Stadium last week to knock Bradford Park Avenue off the top of the table.
CURZON ASHTON visit Chester, a club who outclassed them at the Tameside Stadium at the start of the season, winning 3-0.
Manager Mark Bradshaw picks from the same squad that has won all three of its matches in 2019.
Expectations that the Nash would release striker Niall Cummins have proved unfounded. His loan spell at Marine has been extended.
In the Northern Premier League hardly anyone has any injury worries.
HYDE UNITED have a clean bill of health for their premier division home clash with Witton Albion. They will be hoping to bounce right back after their surprise 5-2 defeat at Bamber Bridge but Witton have a strong away record and won 5-0 on the 3G pitch at Buxton in November.
Only long-term injury victims John Solomon-Davies (abductor) and Elliott Cooke (ankle ligaments) will be missing when STALYBRIDGE CELTIC travel to in-form Marine.
Manager Simon Haworth will be looking for his team to build on last week’s win over Hednesford, which was Celtic’s first in seven attempts at Bower Fold.
In the first division west, GLOSSOP NORTH END welcome 18-year-old Declan Baldwin on loan from Oldham Athletic. He can play wide or in central midfield.
Frank Jones returns for the Hillmen who are home to Ramsbottom, midweek victors at Weymouth in an FA Trophy replay.
MOSSLEY, hoping to extend their impressive winning run at top of the table Radcliffe, have no injuries although Steve Mason is suspended. Striker Mike Fish needs one goal to reach his 100 for the club.
DROYLSDEN head for Widnes with a full-strength squad.
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, January 6, to 11am on Saturday, January 12.
Reece Webb-Foster from Buxton to Droylsden
Deven Golden from Atherton Collieries to Glossop North End
Keenan Quansah from Mossley to Glossop North End
James Poole from Altrincham to Hyde United (short-term loan)
Jorome Slew from Ashton United to Ramsbottom United
Mitchell Bryant from Glossop North End to Runcorn Linnets
Danny Cockerline from Southport to Stalybridge Celtic (long-term loan)
Michael Howard from Preston North End to Stalybridge Celtic (short-term loan)
Douglas Nyaupembe from Bury to Stalybridge Celtic (short-term loan)
Chris Smalley from Stockport County to Stalybridge Celtic
Paddy Wharton from Marine to Stalybridge Celtic (youth loan)
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UNLIKELY as it seems, STALYBRIDGE CELTIC will be looking for their first home league win since September when they take on Hednesford Town at Bower Fold tomorrow (Saturday) in the Evo-stik NPL premier division.
They will be without defenders Liam Tongue (hamstring), Josh Solomon-Davies (abductor) and Elliott Cooke (ankle). Tom Brown has also left the club this week.
Brighter news for boss Simon Haworth is the permanent signing of central defender Chris Smalley, after a successful spell on loan from Stockport County, and the arrival on loan from Preston North End of striker Michael Howard.
Howard’s deal lasts until the end of the season and he is set to make his Bridge debut tomorrow against the club he was previously loaned to.
Altrincham striker James Poole should figure in the HYDE UNITED squad which travels to Bamber Bridge.
Poole, who has also been at Hartlepool, Bury and Salford, has been signed on a month’s loan and replaces recalled Preston forward Connor Simpson who has moved to Carlisle for the rest of the season.
Otherwise, manager Darren Kelly has the rare luxury of a fully fit squad apart from long-term absentee Chris Sutherland.
The Tigers go into the game unbeaten in four matches and following last week’s stunning 8-3 victory at highly-fancied Basford Town.
In the first division west, MOSSLEY are at full strength for their home clash with Market Drayton. The Lilywhites have won four of their last five games and are looking to cement their claim to a play-off place.
The Butchers Arms is the scene for a derby clash between DROYLSDEN and GLOSSOP NORTH END.
Michael Brewster is again the only doubt for the Bloods who will not be renewing the expired loan deals for Lewis Doyle and Andy Hollins.
Dominic Marie and Keenan Quansah return for the Hillmen. Ross Murphy, a defender signed from Runcorn Town, should make his debut.
In National League North, manager Mark Bradshaw is hoping to bring in a new signing ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Nuneaton when CURZON ASHTON will be hoping to make it three wins on the run.
Striker Niall Cummins remains on loan at Marine and a decision about his future should be made over the next week.
Striker Adam Morgan had a double hernia operation on Monday and is hoping to be fit by the end of February. Danny Shaw (calf) and Connor Hughes (knee) are both out.
Because of the FA Trophy, ASHTON UNITED have no match. Striker Craig Hobson has returned to Hurst Cross after being released by Alfreton Town.