PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, August 25, to 11am Saturday, August 31.
Callum Dolan from Oldham Athletic to Ashton United (short-term loan)
Curtis Obeng from Nuneaton Borough to Ashton United (short-term loan)
Moussa Samassa from Ramsbottom United to Glossop North End
Matt Hughes from Hyde United to Radcliffe
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“WE’RE down at the minute but not out,” is ASHTON UNITED manager Jody Banim’s defiant message ahead of tomorrow (Saturday’s) home match against BetVictor NPL premier division leaders Matlock Town.
On paper, the Robins stand no chance. While they are bottom of the pile with only one point from four games, their visitors top of the table with a maximum return.
However, Banim is undaunted. He commented: “As soon as we get that first win we’ll have that monkey off our back and then we can really kick on. We’re a good squad with goals up top and experience at the back.”
The goals could be more important than ever tomorrow as Matlock have conceded only once in their four victories.
Two new players will feature for Ashton. Midfielder Callum Dolan has been signed on a month’s loan from Oldham Athletic and former Manchester City and Swansea defender Curt Obeng joins from Nuneaton.
In what Banim describes as the shortest signing in history, defender Dom Smalley has rejected a return to Hurst Cross and decided to stay at Wythenshawe Town. Two so far unnamed players have been told their future lies away from Ashton and Banim is hoping to sign a midfielder.
HYDE UNITED, the season’s surprise package so far, have a fully-fit squad to face Stafford Rangers at Ewen Fields as they bid to win their fourth consecutive game.
Reserve goalkeeper James Hodges broke a wrist during the warm-up on Monday and is likely to be out for at least two months. He will be undergoing surgery next week.
A victory at Buxton would mean STALYBRIDGE CELTIC recording three league wins in a row for the first time since March of last year. Manager Simon Haworth has no injury worries.
Their lively start to the National League North season at an end, CURZON ASHTON visit Guiseley having failed to win any of their last three matches. They make the trip to Yorkshire without Mo Ali, who is on World Cup duty with Somalia, but 18-year-old wing-back Elliot Cooke, who made his debut against Spennymoor, retains his place in the squad.
GLOSSOP NORTH END, unbeaten in three, go to Belper Town in BetVictor South East.
French defender Moussa Samassa, signed from Ramsbottom — and on a dual registration with Curzon — is expected to go straight into the team.
Tom Rose has left Surrey Street. Kyle Wych has returned to Oldham.
In the north-west division, a home victory over Kendal would go a long way to helping MOSSLEY erase memories of last weekend when they surrendered a 2-0 lead over Widnes to draw in the FA Cup and then lost 2-1 to Droylsden.
Craig Roddan (work), Josh Ollerenshaw (army service) and Ryan Brooke (gash) come back into the reckoning and Jes Uchebegulam has been recalled from Stockport Town. Dieter Downey, Gary Gee and Paul Marshall are all unavailable.
Diego Lattie and Andy Langford are both doubtful for DROYLSDEN, at Brighouse, after suffering head injuries on Monday. Mike Brewster and Shaq Clarke face fitness tests and Lee Neville is sidelined with a damaged ankle.
PLAYER movements registered with the BetVictor Northern Premier League from Sunday, August 18, to 11am Saturday, August 24.
Ryan Jennings from Ashton United to Buxton
Kayde Coppin from Trafford to Glossop North End
Jeremy Seosolo from Senart Moissy (France) to Glossop North End
Mohammed Sheriff from Flint Town to Glossop North End
Luke Mewitt from Huddersfield Town to Hyde United
Lewis Hatch from Stalybridge Celtic to Mossley
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IT’S been several years since STALYBRIDGE CELTIC’s supporters have has reason to feel so good at the start of a season.
After Tuesday’s impressive 5-1 demolition of fancied Scarborough, the question is whether they can continue their explosive form in the FA Cup.
Bridge feature in the competition’s preliminary round for the first time in 32 years when they face unbeaten North West Counties League first division south club West Didsbury and Chorlton at Bower Fold tomorrow (Saturday).
Manager Simon Haworth has a fully-fit squad to choose from as his side set off in search of a lucrative cup run. Each winning side picks up £2,890 while the losers get £960.
Another club on a high are GLOSSOP NORTH END who won 2-0 at Newcastle Town in midweek. They cross the Pennines to face Eccleshill United from the Northern Counties East League premier division, but will have to do so without Szymon Czubik who is unable to play in the FA Cup under the terms of his loan deal from Stockport County.
Midfielder Kayde Coppin joined the Hillmen this morning and they are looking to bring in a defender.
DROYLSDEN also travel to face NCEL opposition, in their case Liversedge who are among the premier division frontrunners. Shaquille Clarke and Michael Brewster are the only doubts.
Manager Dave Wild has more than his fair share of injuries to ponder as MOSSLEY — another club to win in midweek — head to Widnes.
The list reads Dieter Downey (knee), Craig Roddan (ankle) and Ryan Brooke (deep cut). Andy Keogh is suspended and Steve Mason and Gary Gee are both unavailable.
Midfielder Lewis Hatch, who was signed in midweek, goes straight into the squad.
In the BetVictor NPL premier division, ASHTON UNITED boss Jody Banim is hoping they can record their first win of the season at Bamber Bridge.
Having drawn with Atherton Collieries last weekend, they lost 2-0 at title favourites South Shields on Tuesday, but Banim believes the result did not truly reflect the game.
He said: “We didn’t start well but we ended up with 55 per cent of the play. I know that because their data analysts broke it down for us. We had more in the final-third, more corners, and we hit the post twice.
“I don’t think anybody else will go to South Shields and dominate the ball like we did.
“Pretty soon someone’s going to get a hiding. I know that performance is coming. Hopefully it’ll be this weekend but we’ve got to cut out the errors.”
Tom Field, who was sent off against Atherton and faces a three-game ban, has bruised ribs and will be out for at least a month.
It remains to be seen if HYDE UNITED can match Ashton’s possession statistics when they go to South Shields.
The Tigers gave an impressive display to win 2-1 at FC United in midweek but have to make the journey up to Co Durham without Martyn Woolford (ankle), Paddy Lane (hip) and John McCombe (back) in the squad.
Liam Tongue and Jack Dyche face fitness tests but Harry Benns is back from injury.
A piece of good news for CURZON ASHTON, who suffered their first National League North defeat of the season last Saturday, is that Matt Regan is available for their match at third-placed Kings Lynn.
Mo Ali has been called up by Somalia to play in the World Cup qualifiers and will miss four games.
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Monday, July 1, to 11am on Saturday, August 17.
Dave Carnell from FC United to Ashton United
Nicky Clee from Bradford Park Avenue to Ashton United
Ryan Crowther from Hyde United to Ashton United
Thomas Field from Bangor City FC to Ashton United
Kyle Harrison from Radcliffe FC to Ashton United
Gianluca Havern from Bradford Park Avenue to Ashton United
James Hooper from Chorley to Ashton United
John Pritchard from Chester to Ashton United
Steve Tames from Bala Town to Ashton United
Josh Wilson from Chorley to Ashton United
Jon Worsnop from Bradford Park Avenue to Ashton United
Kieran Nolan from Mossley FC to Atherton Collieries
Clive Smith from Droylsden to Atherton Collieries
Daniel Pilkington from Ashton United to Bamber Bridge
Kane Hickman from Glossop North End to Buxton
Ryan Jennings from Ashton United to Buxton
Martin Pilkington from Ashton United to Buxton
Sefton Gonzales from Droylsden to Colne
Theo Brierley from FC United to Droylsden
Adam Bruce from Burnley to Droylsden
Aaron Burns from Radcliffe to Droylsden
Jack Dorney from Trafford to Droylsden
Steven Howson from Chester to Droylsden
Andrew Langford from Trafford to Droylsden
Diego Lattie from Wolves to Droylsden
Lee Neville from Radcliffe to Droylsden
George West from Clitheroe to Droylsden
Daniel Wilkins from Trafford to Droylsden
Oliver Crowley from Ashton United to FC United
Paul Ennis from Ashton United to FC United
Ryan Shenton from Curzon Ashton to FC United
Mason Walker from Stalybridge Celtic to FC United
Bevan Burey from Clitheroe to Glossop North End
Bakari Coulibaly from France to Glossop North End
Szymon Czubik from Stockport County to Glossop North End (youth loan)
Alfred Hammond from FC United to Glossop North End
Will Holt from Stockport County to Glossop North End
Roberto Hoshieh from Stockport County to Glossop North End
Dale Latham from Ramsbottom United to Glossop North End
Henry Limpishi from FC United to Glossop North End
Mason Livesey from Oldham Athletic to Glossop North End
Joel Mills from FC United to Glossop North End
Josh Stachini from Ashton United to Glossop North End
Mark West from FC United to Glossop North End
Lee Wilshaw from Leek Town to Glossop North End
Kyle Wych from Oldham Athletic to Glossop North End (work experience)
Harry Benns from Port Vale to Hyde United
Jamal Crawford from Chester to Hyde United
Jack Dyche from Guiseley to Hyde United
Bailey Gooda from Scarborough Athletic to Hyde United
Jack Hardacre from USA to Hyde United
Thierry Lewis from Oldham Athletic to Hyde United
Joel Logan from FC United to Hyde United
Cain Noble from Chester to Hyde United (youth loan)
Thomas Pratt from Trafford to Hyde United
Oran Thompson from Huddersfield Town to Hyde United (youth loan)
Daniel Turner from Port Vale to Hyde United
Louis White from Rochdale to Hyde United
Martyn Woolford from Grimsby Town to Hyde United
Josh Solomon-Davies from Stalybridge Celtic to Marine
Chib Chilaka from Hyde United to Mickleover Sports
Dylan Forth from Runcorn Linnets to Mossley
Simon Lenighan from Halifax Town to Mossley
Paul Marshall from Buxton to Mossley
Astley Mulholland from Colwyn Bay to Mossley
Nicky Platt from Hyde United to Mossley
Luke Porritt from Hyde United to Ossett United
Gavin Rothery from Hyde United to Pontefract Collieries
Matty Wolfenden from Stalybridge Celtic to Radcliffe
Alex Fojticek from Manchester United to Stalybridge Celtic (long-term loan)
Adam Freeland from Buxton to Stalybridge Celtic
Craig Hobson from Ashton United to Stalybridge Celtic
Ross Killock from Scarborough Athletic to Stalybridge Celtic
Mark Lees from Ashton United to Stalybridge Celtic
Kallum Mantack from Curzon Ashton to Stalybridge Celtic
Cameron Moore from Bolton Wanderers to Stalybridge Celtic
Stephen O’Halloran from FC United to Stalybridge Celtic
Jack O’Leary from Curzon Ashton to Stalybridge Celtic
Nathan Valentine from Scarborough Athletic to Stalybridge Celtic
Declan Walker from Wales to Stalybridge Celtic
Keenan Quansah from Glossop North End to Widnes
Casian Anghel from Ashton United to Wythenshawe Town (short-term loan)
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JODY BANIM has shrugged off ASHTON UNITED’s newly-acquired status as big spenders. As far as he’s concerned, he and the club are approaching the new BetVictor NPL premier division season in the same way as any other.
“Do I feel any pressure? I soon will do considering the number of people who keep asking me that question,” said the Robins boss.
“I’m under no more pressure than I would normally put myself as a player or a manager. Whether we have £10 in the bank or £1,000, there’s no difference. We still want promotion just as we did when we had half the wage bill we have now. The ambition’s exactly the same.”
Ahead of tomorrow (Saturday’s) home game with Atherton Collieries, Banim has signed midfielder James Hooper from Chorley. Casian Anghel has gone to Wythenshawe Town on a month’s loan.
Striker Steve Tames remains injured but has started on what Banim says is a slow and steady road to recovery.
HYDE UNITED could have to start their campaign at home to fancied Basford Town without Tom Pratt who has bruised ribs. Harry Benns (ankle) and Cain Noble (thigh) are definitely out.
Only five of last season’s players remain at STALYBRIDGE CELTIC as manager Simon Haworth looks to avoid another relegation battle
He has added three names to his squad as he completes his preparations for the visit to Mickleover Sports. Defender Jack O’Leary joins on dual registration, while Curzon and Celtic academy graduates Khalid Kharufa and Joe Mensah are promoted to the first team squad.
High-profile arrivals include Manchester United loanee Alex Fojticek, Aberystwyth Town skipper Declan Walker, and Nathan Valentine who has made the switch from Scarborough who visit Bower Fold on Tuesday.
It’s a similar picture in the south-east division where Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison have retained only three men from last season’s GLOSSOP NORTH END squad.
The Hillmen are home to Stamford and Band said: “We’ve had mixed results in the friendlies but a lot of questions have been answered. We’re ready for tomorrow’s game and looking forward to the new campaign.”
A horsefly bite rules Dieter Downey out of MOSSLEY’S trip to Ossett United in the north-west division. The sting has become infected causing Downey’s knee to swell up badly.
Andy Keogh starts a three-game suspension and Astley Mulholland could be out until late October with a broken shin.
DROYLSDEN take on Colne at the Butchers Arms. Assistant-boss Aeon Lattie commented: “I’m excited as it’s the start of a new season.
“We have a few injuries, which isn’t ideal, but I’m not complaining. We also have one or two players who are unavailable.”
CURZON ASHTON, will be looking to make it five games unbeaten when they meet Kidderminster Harriers at the Tameside Stadium in National League North.
Manager Mark Bradshaw will be picking from the same squad that faced Darlington on Monday.
Matt Regan and James Baillie are going out on loan to gain much-needed match fitness.