PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, February 17, to 11am on Saturday, February 23.
Mark Lees from Ashton United (dual) to Stalybridge Celtic.
Connor Hughes from Curzon Ashton to Atherton Collieries (loan)
Danny Racchi from Curzon Ashton to Hednesford Town
Franceco Frangillo from FC United to Glossop North End
Eliiot Messam from Radcliffe to Glossop North End
Kyle Harrison from Hyde United to Radcliffe
Luke Porritt from Hyde United to Tadcaster Albion (loan)
Weekend Non-league Football Previews
DO National League North leaders Chorley have a chink in their armour? Recent results suggest they might and Jody Banim is hoping his ASHTON UNITED side can find it when they visit Victory Park tomorrow (Saturday).
At the start of January the Magpies were held 1-1 by Hereford, and they have lost two of the three games they have played this month, including a 2-1 defeat at Alfreton a week ago.
Banim said: “We know it’ll be difficult but we’re going there with the intention of stopping them. Hopefully we can impact on them in the final third.
“In training last night (Thursday) we spent an hour or so on shape. I don’t think they’ll change anything for us and we’re expecting 3-5-2.
“We’ve just got to be disciplined, make sure everyone knows their jobs, and hopefully we can nick something. Alfreton have shown it’s possible to beat them and we’ve got some good players. On Tuesday we scored three goals against Telford who are in the top six.”
Banim has two players out with injury: Liam Martin (knee) and midfielder Connor Dimaio (ankle) who has just been signed from Stockport County. Matty Chadwick has been released and is expected to sign for Altrincham.
Mark Lees, who broke his jaw in a training-ground accident in December, has gone to Stalybridge Celtic to become fully match fit.
Having suffered their first defeat of 2019 last week, when they lost at Brackley, CURZON ASHTON face local rivals Altrincham at the Tameside Stadium as they bid to regain their lost momentum.
Chris Rowney returns to Mark Bradshaw’s squad after being unavailable last weekend. Danny Racchi has joined Hednesford and Connor Hughes has gone to Atherton Collieries in a month’s loan to regain match fitness.
In the Evo-stik NPL premier division, Tom Pratt makes a welcome return for HYDE UNITED who are home to Whitby Town. However, Chib Chilaka remains suspended and Grant Roberts is still injured.
Kyle Harrison has been transferred to Radcliffe. Luke Porritt has joined Tadcaster Albion on a month’s loan.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC are at full strength for the visit of Lancaster City. Mark Lees, who made 70 appearances for the Bridge in the years before 2013, when Jim Harvey was manager, has returned on loan from Ashton United.
In the first division west, DROYLSDEN are without Ryan Hopper and the suspended Michael Brewster for the visit of Clitheroe. GLOSSOP NORTH END, who recorded their first league win of 2019 last weekend, are at full strength for the visit of promotion-chasing Radcliffe, and MOSSLEY have everyone available for their game at Runcorn Linnets.
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, February 10, to 11am on Saturday, February 16.
Stavros Tserpes from Altrincham to Droylsden
Festus Arthur from Oldham Athletic to Glossop North End
Mason Duffy from Mossley to Glossop North End (short-term loan)
Adam Etches from Stockport County to Glossop North End (youth loan)
Gary Gee from Glossop North End to Mossley
Morgan James from Doncaster Rovers to Hyde United
Deane Smalley from Chester to Hyde United
Aaron Dwyer from Mossley to Leek Town
WEEKEND NON-LEAGUE PREVIEWS
HYDE UNITED manager Darren Kelly has acted swiftly to bolster his squad which is badly affected by suspensions and injuries.
Chib Chilaka starts a three-match ban after receiving a straight red against Matlock, and Tom Pratt completes a two-game suspension for accruing too many yellow cards. Grant Roberts is injured.
Morgan James is a 19-year-old former Doncaster Rovers defender who was recently at Stafford Rangers.
Kelly has signed former Oldham striker Deane Smalley – brother of defender Dom – from Chester. Smalley’s career was badly affected by a cruciate ligament injury but he started out on his comeback at Ashton United 12 months ago.
Both should feature in tomorrow (Saturday’s) Evo-stik NPL premier division match in which the Tigers will be hoping to recover after two consecutive home defeats.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC travel to managerless Gainsborough Trinity hoping to bounce back after a below-par performance in the 2-0 home reverse to Witton Albion.
Manager Simon Haworth will be without new signing Nathan Heath but has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from as the Bridge look for their first away win since New Year’s Day.
In National League North, seemingly unstoppable CURZON ASHTON visit promotion hopefuls Brackley.
It’s been a case of one in, two out, this week. Striker George Danaher has come in from Huddersfield while Jack O’Leary has returned to Bolton and Mason Fawns has joined Altrincham.
Mo Ali is ruled out with a small metatarsal fracture, Danny Racchi is back in the squad, and Danny Shaw has resumed full training.
ASHTON UNITED face yet another crunch encounter. They are home to fellow relegation strugglers Hereford. Matty Regan and Matty Chadwick both return to the squad and the only injury is Ryan Crowther.
Victory is vital for the Robins, especially after last week’s defeat at York.
In the Evo-stik first division west, GLOSSOP NORTH END have brought in Mason Duffy on loan from Mossley as they attempt to recover from their 5-0 reverse at Colwyn Bay by winning at Kendal in a drop-zone six-pointer.
Co-bosses Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison are hoping to make more signings in time for the up to Cumbria.
MOSSLEY, who reinstated their play-off credentials by winning at Widnes, host bottom of the table Skelmersdale at Seel Park with a full squad to choose from. Abdul Kadiri and Jes Uchebegulam have been promoted from the under-21s.
New Zealander Jack Pirie, a central defender, and midfielder Stavros Tserpes, and Australian who has played for Clitheroe and Radcliffe, have joined DROYLSDEN who are home to divisional leaders Atherton Collieries.
Steve Rigby returns but Michael Brewster is suspended and Dylan Smith faces a fitness test.
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, February 3, to 11am on Saturday, February 9.
Ismael Camara from Portugal to Droylsden
Elliot Cooke from Stalybridge Celtic to Kendal Town
Raul Correia from Radcliffe to Mossley
Elliot Harrison from Mossley to Trafford
Matty Hughes from Hyde United to Trafford (short-term loan)
Weekend Non-league Football Previews
RYAN JENNINGS and Kallum Mantack come into the ASHTON UNITED squad for tomorrow (Saturday’s) National League North match at Alfreton Town.
Jody Banim says that the two players, signed from Nuneaton and Altrincham respectively, will give him options out wide.
Matty Regan and Matty Chadwick are both close to a comeback but the manager believes they need another week before being ready to return. Chadwick is close to fitness after two weeks out while Regan managed to train last night (Thursday).
Ashton head to Derbyshire hoping to make it three consecutive wins. Having said that it was vital they beat FC United and Nuneaton, Banim now insists his side have to win their next two games, against York and Hereford. And he doesn’t think last week’s postponement will have done anything to disrupt momentum.
“I think the break actually did us a favour because it allowed one or two little injuries to cleat up. If there is a problem, it’s that we need to assimilate new players. We play an 11 v 11 in training to help with that,” explained the boss.
“If we’re going to stay up we have to beat the teams around us, and that’s why our next two games — against York and Hereford — are also must-wins. I watched York lose to Hereford in midweek and I think we’re capable of beating them.
“We have to be positive and tomorrow we’re going to set up to attack because I believe we’ve got a chance. I don’t think they’re are any better than us right now. We’ve got to forget who they are and focus on their results.”
CURZON ASHTON, whose spectacular new-year run now stretches to five wins from six unbeaten league games face Alfreton at the Tameside Stadium.
Mo Ali, who has a bruised foot, is manager Mark Bradshaw’s only concern, and he is largely able to rely on the line-up that has taken the Nash from the relegation zone to the fringes of the play-offs, and reached the final of the Manchester Premier Cup where they will meet Mossley.
As a further boost, Danny Shaw, Connor Hughes and James Baillie are all back in training. Bradshaw is pondering whether to loan out Hughes so that he can regain match fitness after a lengthy lay-off.
In the Evo-stik NPL premier division, James Poole has left HYDE UNITED who are home to Matlock.
The Altrincham midfielder pulled up against Marine two weeks ago with the recurrence of a hamstring injury, and left the field in tears. But he has returned to Moss Lane because his month-long loan has ended.
Centre-back Matty Hughes, who has not featured for many weeks, has gone on loan to Trafford. Tom Pratt starts a two-game ban for yellow cards. Otherwise the Tigers have a full squad.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC are hoping they will be able to welcome Witton Albion for what would be only their second home match of 2019. The Bower Fold pitch is sodden and would struggle to cope with much more rain.
Last week’s enforced break has allowed all of Simon Haworth’s squad to regain fitness as his side look to extend their unbeaten home league run to seven games even though five of the last six have ended all square.
In the first division west, Portuguese midfielder Ishmael Camara has signed for DROYLSDEN ahead of their clash with title-chasing Radcliffe at the Butchers Arms. His team-mates have already nicknamed him Pogba.
Steve Rigby, who is suspended, is the only absentee as the Bloods bid to make it three wins on the bounce.
Can MOSSLEY resume the impressive run that ended at Atherton Collieries two weeks ago? Co-boss Dave Wild is hoping so as they prepare to travel to Widnes.
Their team will feature much-travelled striker Raul Correia who has been signed from Radcliffe.
Godwin Abadaki faces a fitness test on a groin injury.
Jason Hill and Frank Jones return for GLOSSOP NORTH END who are home to Colwyn Bay.
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, January 27, to 11am on Saturday, February 2.
Ousman Cham from Halifax Town to Glossop North End (youth loan)
Jesurun Uchegbulam from Stockport Town to Mossley
Tom Brown from Stalybridge Celtic to Radcliffe
Luke Daly from Droylsden to South Shields