PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, September 24, to 11am on Saturday, September 30.
Richard Smith from Ashton United to Atherton Collieries
Daniel Byrnes from Mossley to Clitheroe
John Shaw from Warrington Town to Droylsden
Daniel Ventre from Warrington Town to Droylsden
Modou Cham from Blackburn Rovers to Droylsden
Gary Gee from Stalybridge Celtic to Glossop North End
Kisimba Kisimba from Marine to Glossop North End
Edmilson Neves de Ceita from Bobadelense (Portugal) to Stalybridge Celtic
EVEN though manager Darren Kelly refuses to accept the term, HYDE UNITED head to Boston Town for tomorrow (Saturday’s) FA Cup clash as firm favourites.
The stats suggest they are within touching distance of the fourth qualifying round for the first time since 2013 in what was their second and final season in the former Conference National Division.
Hyde play at a level higher than the Poachers, who are midtable in the United Counties League premier division, and are unbeaten in 21 games.
The Tigers are also enjoying their longest FA Cup run for around a dozen years, and since then-manager Steve Waywell famously declared he had absolutely no interest in cups. In the ensuing period they have barely won a tie.
But Kelly urged caution, insisting the match is much tougher than it looks. He said: “I really don’t buy that tag of favourites.
“Warrington went into the game against us as favourites and we dominated them. Boston have beaten three clubs from higher levels including Hednesford Town from the Evo-stik premier division.
“All I can say is that the players will be professional in their attitude. They’ll bring the necessary effort to the table and hopefully — I say again hopefully — they’ll be able to win.”
Town have proved themselves able to rise to the occasion in the FA Cup and have steadily built up momentum. They are keen to win the £7,500 prize money and reach the fourth qualifying round for the first time since 1980.
Kelly watched them in midweek, but it remains to be seen how true an impression of their abilities he was able to glean. Boston went down 5-0 at Eynesbury Rovers, losing their unbeaten away record in the process, but rested a number of players. They had to play the last 30 minutes with ten men after defender Jason Field received a straight red.
Jack Stockdill and Luke Porritt will again miss out for Hyde, but midfielder Chris Churchman came through training last night and could make his first appearance tomorrow when he is likely to be among the substitutes.
In the day’s lone National League North fixture, CURZON ASHTON are home to Darlington and manager John Flanagan has three players out with hamstring problems: Danny Shaw, Sam Madeley and Jordan Wright.
Also unavailable are Niall Cummins — suspended after being sent off at Brackley — and Oliver Thornley who picked up an injury in training. Jonathan Hunt is 50/50 with a groin strain.
On the plus side, Paul Marshall has recovered from a hamstring strain.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC face Altrincham in an Evo-stik premier division game they have been forced to stage by the league. The NPL insisted on the fixture being brought forward from its original date of December 16 — a move that has cost the Bower Fold club thousands in lost sponsorship.
There is a new addition to the Bridge squad in the shape of striker Edmilson Neves De Celta, who has been training with the reserves after moving to England from Portugal where he was with Lisbon-based lower-league club Bobadelense.
Boss Steve Burr will be without long-term injury victims Matty Wolfenden and Joe Garvin. Skipper Danny Morton serves the second instalment of his three-game suspension after his straight red card in the 4-1 defeat at Witton.
Liam Tomsett returns for ASHTON UNITED who welcome struggling Hednesford to Hurst Cross.
In what manager Jody Banim calls a massive blow, the midfielder missed Tuesday’s home defeat by Workington through suspension.
Banim said: “We really missed Liam’s energy because it was a game where our shortage of players became apparent. We looked a little bit tired.
“Even so, I was disappointed to lose, especially after our win at Nantwich set us up so nicely. But Workington came to stop us and hit us on the counter-attack. We conceded a poor goal and never looked like scoring after that.”
Rick Smith has joined Atherton LR for a month to gain match fitness. The midfielder missed a large portion of pre-season and has been injured for most of the season-proper.
Speaking of tomorrow’s opponents, Hednesford, Banim commented: “They’re not where I thought they would be after the first game of the season. They’ve taken some heavy defeats and it looks a winnable match for us if we play to our potential.”
DROYLSDEN have named a couple of new signings and are hoping to secure another two as they prepare to take on Tadcaster Albion at the Butchers Arms in the Evo-stik NPL first division north.
Modou Cham is a former Blackburn Rovers and Clitheroe winger, and centre-half John Shaw comes in from Marine.
Luke Daly and Danny Hall are suspended following their red cards against Glossop, and Liam Caddick and Callum Bagshaw are doubtful.
Jamie Frost and Steve Hall both return to the squad as the Bloods look to win again after two consecutive defeats.
GLOSSOP NORTH END travel to Atherton Collieries hoping to make it six victories on the bounce.
Dale Johnson (back) and Matty Russell (hamstring) are both unable to play and Lewis Lacy is at a family wedding. Ben Deegan is 50/50. Gary Gee is seeing a specialist in the morning but is likely to be on the subs’ bench.
Simon Lenighan and Billy Hasler-Cregg have been released.
Caldon Henson returns for MOSSLEY, away to Clitheroe, after missing Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Ossett Town which was decided by a 90th-minute penalty.
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, September 17, to 11am on Saturday, September 23.
Max Povey from Fylde to Ashton United
Lewis Lacy from FC United to Glossop North End
Simon Lenighan from Shaw Lane to Glossop North End
Cedric Krou from FC United to Mossley
Paul Ennis from Curzon Ashton to Shaw Lane
Oliver Crowley from New Orleans (USA) to Stalybridge Celtic
Craig Ellison from Witton Albion to Stalybridge Celtic
Ross Killock from Chester FC to Stalybridge Celtic
Jack Walton from Barnsley to Stalybridge Celtic (youth loan)
CUP kings HYDE UNITED will be looking to extend their record-breaking unbeaten run when they take on Ossett Town at Ewen Fields tomorrow (Saturday) in the Evo-stik NPL first division north.
The Tigers, whose unbeaten sequence stretches back 20 games to their Cheshire Senior Cup reverse at the hands of Crewe on March 7, have only one absentee. Luke Porritt is unable to play after hobbling out of Tuesday’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over premier division high-fliers Warrington Town.
Fortunately the injury is nowhere as bad as it first looked. A challenge left the influential left-winger writhing in agony but examinations at Tameside Hospital revealed that his ligaments were fine. However, he does have a deep gash which has been stitched and needs time to heal. Porritt could possibly be back for the third qualifying round tie at Boston Town next week.
Jack Stockdill faces another fortnight on the sidelines with his hamstring injury. Long-time deadleg victim Chris Churchman has started training.
Five days after their epic 3-2 victory at the Butchers Arms, GLOSSOP NORTH END face Colne at Surrey Street hoping to make it five wins in succession.
Dale Johnson (back) and Matty Russell (hamstring) are both injured. Jude Oyibo remains unavailable, but Chris Baguley returns. Gary Gee and Lewis Lacey come into the squad after moving from Stalybridge Celtic and FC United respectively.
New signing Cedric Krou could figure for MOSSLEY who are home to Atherton Collieries. Krou, who can play in midfield or central defence, comes in from FC United. Co-boss Peter Band is talking about the possibility of three more signings over the coming days.
Defender Caldon Henson is available for selection after completing a ban.
For tomorrow at least, when DROYLSDEN visit Trafford, their only concern is Jamie Frost who faces a late fitness test. The suspensions incurred by Luke Daly and Danny Hall, for being sent off in midweek, will not come into effect for another seven days.
In the premier division, bottom of the table STALYBRIDGE CELTIC take their quest for an away win to high-flying Coalville Town.
Beleaguered Bridge suffered their eighth consecutive away reverse at leaders Witton Albion on Tuesday, and they have won only once on their travels in the whole of 2017.
Under-fire boss Steve Burr will be without striker Matty Wolfenden (hamstring), defender Joe Garvin (knee) and keeper Joe Slinn (foot), although Slinn could return in time for Tuesday’s home clash with Halesowen. Craig Ellison will deputise between the sticks.
New signing Ross Killock is in contention for a start in defence as Burr looks to arrest the slide that has seen his team lose 15 of their last 18 games.
Manager Jody Banim says ASHTON UNITED are full of confidence for their trip to Nantwich Town and will be looking to win.
He commented: “I always thought of Marine as our bogey side but we’ve done them twice now. In terms of possession I think Tuesday was the best performance I’ve seen in my time at the club.
“It was a really controlled display. We were incisive, sharper to every ball, created a lot of opportunities, and it was good to watch. It’s really raised our spirits.”
Left-back Dominic Smalley came back at College Road and fellow defender Josh Stachini is ready to return pending a scan. The rest of the players on the Robins’ long injury list are at least two to three weeks away from fitness.
Paul Marshall joins Jordan Wright on the CURZON ASHTON sick list after picking up a hamstring strain at Stockport County last week.
However, Max Leonard has recovered from knee ligament strain and Richard Baker enters the squad for the first time for the game at third-placed Brackley in National League North.
Luke Clarke continues to train but manager John Flanagan does not consider him ready for inclusion yet. Rory Fallon has joined Runcorn Linnets on a dual registration to get some game time and will return to the Tameside Stadium after six to eight matches.
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, September 10, to 11am on Saturday, September 16.
Josh Samberg from Ashton United to Altrincham
Simon Lenighan from Shaw Lane to Glossop North End
Marko Basic from Halifax Town to Mossley (youth loan)
John Cofie from Chorley to Stalybridge Celtic