PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, October 21, to 11am on Saturday, October 27.
Ramirez Howarth from Ashton United to Colne
Jamie McLellan from Mossley to Glossop North End
Jerome Wright from Ramsbottom United to Hyde United
Gavin Rothery from Hyde United to Pontefract Collieries (short-term loan)
Christopher Smalley from Stockport County to Stalybridge Celtic (short-term loan)
Oliver Roberts from Stalybridge Celtic to Buxton
Weekend Non-league Football Previews
THERE’S no time for anyone to feel sorry for themselves at Hurst Cross. Seven days after the heartbreak of losing to Southport, ASHTON UNITED have to lift themselves for a National League North game at Altrincham.
And if last week’s FA Cup encounter was a clash of opposing styles, tomorrow (Saturday’s) match is one between two similar philosophies, Robins boss Jody Banim believes.
“It’s a big game and we’re under no illusions about tomorrow afternoon. We know we’re in for a tough time,” he commented.
“Alty are a very good team and have some very good players. I’ve spoken to a lot of managers this year and they all say Altrincham played them off the park but didn’t manage to win.
“We know what they’re about. They have a similar shape and style to us, both of us came up last season and there’s only a couple of points between us. We even have the same nickname, the Robins.”
Banim was loth to disclose any team news but it seems likely he could largely stick to the side that lost at Haig Avenue but with the inclusion of midfielder Scott Kay who has been signed from FC United.
CURZON ASHTON head up to Spennymoor, a club that beat their neighbours from Hurst Cross 5-0 a fortnight ago.
Ryan Brooke and Paul Marshall are both unavailable, the latter because of a virus. Jack O’Leary has suffered a recurrence of a calf strain and is rated 50/50
Danny Morton’s hamstring is improving and he should be back by mid-November.
Luke Porritt is the only doubt for HYDE UNITED who are home to Bamber Bridge in the first round of FA Trophy where a victory would scoop £3,250 in prize money.
However, Kyle Harrison and Ross Daley have recovered from knocks and will be available for selection alongside new midfielder/defender Jerome Wright who has been signed from Ramsbottom.
Transfer-listed Gavin Rothery has joined Pontefract Collieries on loan until the end of the season.
Stockport County centre-half Chris Smalley goes straight into the STALYBRIDGE CELTIC team for their Trophy tie against Nantwich Town at Bower Fold.
Manager Simon Haworth is looking for a big response from his fully-fit squad after they slid to defeat at NPL premier division bottom club Lancaster in midweek.
Bridge take on Nantwich seeking their first cup-tie win of Haworth’s tenure and their first victory in five games.
Fresh from their DROYLSDEN travel to picturesque Pickering Town. Domaine Rouse is suspended and Shaq Clarke needs a fitness check on a sore foot.
Andy Hollins’s loan spell from Southport has been extended until January 6. Levi Philips is back at the Butchers Arms on loan from Carlshalton Athletic until January 26 with permission to play in FA Trophy and Manchester Premier Cup ties.
MOSSLEY and GLOSSOP NORTH END do not have games. At the start of the week the Hillmen signed former Seel Park centre-half Jamie McClellan from West Didsbury and Chorlton.
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, October 14, to 11am on Saturday, September 20.
Mitchell Bryant from Runcorn Linnets to Glossop North End
Sam Howell from Colne to Glossop North End
Curtis Jones from Ramsbottom United to Glossop North End
Tom Scott from Kendal Town to Glossop North End
Josh Stachini from Ashton United to Glossop North End
Darren Thornton from Ashton United to Glossop North End
Paddy Wharton from Tranmere Rovers to Stalybridge Celtic (youth loan).
Weekend Non-league Football Previews
CONTRASTING styles and levels of experience will come into sharp focus tomorrow (Saturday) when ASHTON UNITED travel to Haig Avenue in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The Robins are led by Jody Banim, an up-and-coming young coach committed to stylish football and keen to add further success to a brief managerial career that already includes a promotion.
Southport boss Liam Watson, who takes a more pragmatic approach, has been there, done that, and is no stranger to the first round proper.
With both clubs in the bottom six in National League North it’s anybody’s game, as the managers are willing to admit.
Banim believes his team are good enough to win, providing they eliminate the mistakes that have led to defeat too often this season.
“If we can cut out the errors tomorrow, I think we’ve got the tools to hurt Southport and win the match. But if we play like we did at Spennymoor, and make mistakes, it’ll be a long afternoon,” said the Ashton boss.
“It’ll be tough at Haig Avenue because they’ve got a big budget, experienced players, a manager who’s been there and done it, and they’ll have a big crowd behind them while, at the end of the day, we’re just Ashton United.
“People will fancy Southport, but if we go there and play to our potential we can win. It’s a game both teams can win and that’s what you want. It’s not like we’re going to Salford.
“We know what Southport are about. They’re a big strong team who play for set-pieces and long throws, and are dangerous out wide. We’ll need to keep Dion Charles quiet.”
Banim declined to divulge any team news although it’s known right-back Harrison Holgate is cup-tied. However, Southport manager Liam Watson was happy to say he’ll be fielding the same side that won at Curzon Ashton in the previous round.
He commented: “This is a road I’ve been down a lot and fourth qualifying round ties are always tight.
“Ashton have some experience in there and it’ll be a tough match. The first goal will be really important, and especially so against them because if they get in front they’ll be happy to sit in and try to hit us on the counter. If we score they’ll have to come out a bit.
“I know there’s a lot of anticipation among the fans but it’ll count for nothing if we don’t turn up and do the business.”
The last time Ashton reached the first round of the FA Cup was in 1955 when they played Southport at Haig Avenue. Banim will be fervently hoping for a better result than on that November afternoon 63 years ago — a 6-1 defeat.
A cheque for £25,000 awaits the winners of tomorrow’s encounter.
Defender Mo Ali continues to suffer with an ankle knock and could miss CURZON ASHTON’s home encounter with Telford United in National League North.
Midfielder Paul Marshall is ruled out by an ongoing foot problem. Danny Morton’s hamstring problem is progressing and he has resumed light training.
Manager John Flanagan will be hoping last week’s victory at Leamington has provided his squad with the impetus to beat a Telford side lying fifth in the table.
In the Evo-stik NPL premier division, Luke Porritt is a doubt for HYDE UNITED who are away to Stafford Rangers. The wide man, who takes more than his fair share of heavy tackles, had to be substituted in midweek.
Midfielder Gavin Rothery has been placed on the transfer list.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC will have a new goalkeeper when they take on Farsley Celtic at Bower Fold.
James Aspinall has been recalled by his parent club, Bolton Wanderers, and manager Simon Haworth has signed 18-year-old Paddy Wharton from Tranmere Rovers, initially on a month’s loan.
Otherwise Haworth has a full-strength squad to choose from as his team look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats.
In the first division west, GLOSSOP NORTH END’s new managerial pairing, Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison, have made a raft of signings ahead of their game at Ramsbottom United.
The list is striker Mitchell Bryant (Runcorn Linnets), midfielder Sam Howell (Colne), defender Darren Thornton (Ashton United), defender Curtis Jones (Ashton United), defender Josh Stachini (Ashton United) and goalkeeper Tom Scott (Kendal).
Band said: “Since we got the job last Sunday it’s been like having phones stapled to my head but I’d be lying if I said I haven’t missed it. It’s good to be back. Lloyd and me are recharged and ready to go.
“We had more than 20 at training on Tuesday and Thursday and the attitude of the lads was brilliant. Afterwards they were all chatting and smiling.
“At Ramsbottom we’ll come up against an old Glossop boss, Chris Willcock, but that means nothing. Tomorrow’s game is about Glossop and Ramsbottom playing, not personalities. We’ll be doing our best to win.”
MOSSLEY will be at virtually full strength when Radcliffe visit Seel Park. Mason Duffy (hamstring) is the only absentee. It’s a similar story for DROYLSDEN, who are home to Widnes. At the time of writing the Bloods were trying to confirm if Dylan Smith would be suspended.
AFTER a whirlwind weekend, Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison have been appointed joint-managers of Glossop North End.
The duo, who had been out of work since losing the Mossley job in March, submitted their application to the Surrey Street board on Saturday after hearing that Mark Canning and Andy Bishop had “parted company” with the Hillmen.
“We were interviewed at 1pm on Sunday and spent nearly two hours there.” Band explained. “Then, before you know it, I got a call saying they would like to offer us the position.”
After several months of spending their evenings and weekends as spectators, the two men are delighted to be back in the game and are very keen to get back to work. However, both acknowledge the size of task they face to get Glossop out of the relegation zone in the Evo-stik NPL first division west.
Band said: “There’s clearly a reason why the team are second-bottom of the table and haven’t won a home match so far this season. Lloyd and I have got to work that out, get some confidence in the team and get them playing with a smile on their face.
“We’ve got to make them harder to beat and at the same time, if they go a goal down, we’ve got to get them believing that they can come back. It’s quite clear there’s ability in the squad because they’ve won away at Radcliffe, they should have beaten FC United, and they were twice in the lead against Widnes.
“Our task is to get the side up towards midtable and I think it’s significant that Lloyd has never been relegated and I was never relegated at Mossley.
“We’ve both watched Glossop this season and we know some of the players like Cav Coo, Jack Tuohy, Russ Saunders, Sam Madeley and Darrhyl Mason. We’re going up there tomorrow (Tuesday) to meet the squad.
“The club needs to stay in this division, especially as it took them something like 34 years to get back to this level. And at the end of the day it’s still early doors. It’s quite tight at the bottom of the table and there’s still 27 league games to play.
“Glossop is a club that’s been in two FA Vase finals in the last few years, won the NWCL championship and been in the NPL play-offs. We know that if we can get things going we can get crowds of three or four hundred. That’s what we’re setting out to do.”
Band added that he and Morrison have been overwhelmed by the good wishes that have been heaped on them since it was announced that they had got the Glossop job. They are a popular and hard-working partnership and the general feeling is that they will fit in well at Surrey Street.”
According to Band, it’s all a matter of attitude. He said: “When I was at Hyde United, Gerry Clowes used to tell me never to make enemies in football because anyone you upset would refuse to help you down the line. I’ve always tried to remember that.”
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, September 30, to 11am on Saturday, September 13.
Nic Evangelinos from Ashton United to Ramsbottom United
Scott Sephton from Ashton United to Buxton
Liam Dickinson from FC United of Manchester to Droylsden
Ben Barber from Droylsden to Colne
Matthew Chapman from Chorley to Glossop North End
Ian Bennett from Ramsbottom united to Glossop North End
Peter Boyle from Hyde United to Glossop North End
Sam Madeley from Curzon Ashton to Glossop North End
Osebi Abadaki from Stafford Rangers to Hyde United
Connor Simpson from Preston North End to Hyde United (Loan)
Liam Ellis from Mossley to Trafford
Matty Crothers from Curzon Ashton to Radcliffe FC
Jake Charles from Stalybridge Celtic to Stafford Rangers
Darren McKnight from Stalybridge Celtic to Bamber Bridge