PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, December 24, to 11am on Saturday, December 30.
Mike Norton from Glossop North End to Ashton United
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THE weather will be the key factor in tomorrow (Saturday’s) games. Constant snow and rain have created a huge element of doubt and svereal pitch inspections have already been arranged.
There will be one at 10am at Shaw Lane, ahead of the game with Stalybridge Celtic, at 10.30am at Ramsbottom where Hyde United will be the visitors, and also at Hurst Cross.
In the Evo-stik NPL premier division STALYBRIDGE CELTIC boss Steve Burr again has a fully fit squad to choose from, with influential midfielder Greg Wilkinson having recovered from an ankle injury he picked up in training.
With bad weather placing the game very much in the balance it is likely Celtic’s long wait for a Saturday away win will stretch to at least 63 weeks.
ASHTON UNITED have striker problems as they await the visit of bottom club Sutton Coldfield. Matty Chadwick and Jack Dyche are injured but manager Jody Banim insists the club will manage.
Lanre Olapede and Jack Pritchard are both back in contention, and Josh Granite is running again and should be available for selection at the start of January.
In the first division north, DROYLSDEN are effectively at full strength to take on Ossett Town at the Butchers Arms. Their only absentee is Alex Frost who could be missing until February.
GLOSSOP NORTH END play Skelmersdale at Surrey Street without Alex Pearce who has returned to Bolton Wanderers. There is still no sign of a return for Jay Gorton.
Luke Porritt returns to the HYDE UNITED squad for the visit to Ramsbottom. Karl Jones remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Rio Ahmadi features for MOSSLEY at Trafford after missing the Boxing Day defeat at Glossop.
On Monday (New Year’s Day) Paul Marshall returns to CURZON ASHTON for their home clash with Bradford Park Avenue in National League North, having finally recovered from a heel problem.
However, Oliver Thornley is doubtful because of a virus and Joe Guest is 50/50 with a toe injury.
PLAYER movements registered with the Evo-stik Northern Premier League from Sunday, December 17, to 11am on Saturday, December 23.
Lamin Baldeh from Radcliffe Borough to Glossop North End
Matthew Crothers from Curzon Ashton to Mossley (loan)
Declan Evans from Chorley to Mossley
Christopher Gallagher from Shrewsbury Town to Stalybridge Celtic (loan)
Marcus Marshall from Alfreton Town to Hyde United (loan)
Bradley Roscoe from Ramsbottom United to Glossop North End
Samuel Sheridan from Altrincham to Stalybridge Celtic (loan)
Ryan White from Bolton Wanderers to Glossop North End (work experience)
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THE so-called 330 derby rolls into Ashton-under-Lyne tomorrow (Saturday) when Stockport County visit CURZON ASHTON for a Christmas National League North clash.
Chris Rowney returns to the squad having completed his one-match ban in midweek when the Nash won 1-0 at North Ferriby. However, fellow midfielder Luke Clark picked up a slight hip injury in the same match and is only 50/50 to face County.
Tyrell Biggs, who has been suffering with a thigh injury for more than a month, has suffered a setback and is now not expected to make his comeback until mid-January. Another long-term struggler, Paul Marshall, has resumed training and should be available at the start of the new year.
In the Evo-stik NPL premier division, STALYBRIDGE CELTIC play their first home game in six weeks when they face Rushall Olympic at Bower Fold. During that time they have fallen to second-bottom of the table so a victory is of major importance.
The Bridge could field as many as three debutants, with loanees Chris Gallagher and Sam Sheridan featuring in a new-look midfield and Jake Turner replacing Joe Slinn in goal.
ASHTON UNITED have striker problems as they prepare to set off for Grantham. Matty Chadwick and Jack Dyche are injured but manager Jody Banim insists the club will manage.
Lanre Olapede and Jack Pritchard are both back in contention, and Josh Granite is running again and should be available for selection in the next fortnight.
In the first division north, new signing Aaron Fleming goes straight into the DROYLSDEN squad for the match at Radcliffe Borough. A midfielder with an eye for goal, Fleming was previously at Colne.
Otherwise the Bloods are very close to full strength. Jack Rudge is the only player still on the treatment table.
At MOSSLEY, who are home to Kendal Town, co-bosses Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison have been strengthening the squad. They have brought in young central defender Declan Evans from Chorley and are hoping to get midfielder Matty Crothers on a month’s loan from Curzon.
Rio Ahmadi is available to play, which means the suspended James-McLean Oppong is the only absentee.
For GLOSSOP NORTH END, who are away to Clitheroe, there may finally be a glimpse of light at the end of the injury tunnel.
Adam Jones is fit and Callum Chippendale may make it on to the subs’ bench.
Joint-managers Paul Phillips and Steve Halford have also signed a clutch of new faces. Defender Brad Roscoe comes in from Ramsbottom and Gambian attacking midfielder Lamin Baldeh from Mossley. Luke White joins on loan from Bolton Wanderers. Lee Rick has been released.
HYDE UNITED face Scarborough at Ewen Fields in a match that could have a major impact on the play-off places. Both clubs have 36 points from 17 games but the Tigers — who are unbeaten at home in the league — have a much better goal difference.
Striker Karl Jones misses the match with a damaged hamstring and midfielder Jack Stockdill is also injured. Chris Sutherland trained on Thursday and there is a chance he might feature.
The Christmas period could be more crucial than usual for Hyde as it’s understood the success of Darren Kelly’s young squad has started to attract the interest of Football League clubs.
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AFTER four league games without a win, CURZON ASHTON are hopeful of taking all three points when they head to North Ferriby in Vanarama North tomorrow (Saturday).
The Yorkshire side, who have lost their last four league matches, are virtual certs for relegation, lying 12 points adrift at the bottom of the table.
Curzon head to Hull without Chris Rowney who is suspended. Paul Marshall, who has been suffering from a heel injury for several weeks, is back in light training and may be available for the Christmas programme.
Manager John Flanagan says thigh-strain victim Tyrell McKenzie is likely to return to training next week.
For almost the first time this season, ASHTON UNITED should be virtually at full strength for the visit of Halesowen Town in the Evo-stik NPL premier division.
Lanre Olapede and Jack Pritchard are both back in contention, and Josh Granite is running again and should be available for selection in the new year. The only person still on the treatment table is knee victim Cavell Coo.
Manager Jody Banim said: “We’ll go fourth if we can beat Halesowen, so that’s a massive carrot for us. We’re not looking too shabby now in terms of players but we’re always on the look-out for more.”
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC travel to Nantwich Town still searching for that elusive first away win of the season, but manager Steve Burr does at least have the luxury of choosing from a fully fit squad.
New additions to the squad are goalkeeper Jake Turner (on loan from Bolton Wanderers) and midfielder Chris Gallagher (on loan from Shrewsbury Town). Both are in line to make their debuts as Celtic look for only their second away victory of 2017.
In the first division north, HYDE UNITED visit Prescot Cables for a clash of the titans. The Tigers have scored 11 goals in their last two matches while Prescot are unbeaten in their last six having won five of them.
Chris Sutherland (calf) is again Hyde’s only absentee. Winger Luke Porritt had some treatment at last night’s training session but is fit to play.
Tom Pratt, who has been attracting approaches from other clubs, has committed his future to Ewen Fields by signing a contract.
DROYLSDEN, home to Clitheroe, are effectively at full strength with John Shaw having recovered from a back spasm. Jack Rudge has returned to light training.
Matty Russell will miss the rest of the season for GLOSSOP NORTH END who face bottom club Goole at Surrey Street. The left-back has torn his quadriceps muscle from his thigh bone.
On the plus side, Michael Connor and Lewis Lacy are back in contention. Co-bosses Paul Phillips and Steve Halford are also hoping so sign a centre-half.
MOSSLEY have a full squad for their journey to Colne. Striker Ashley Leather has been signed from Cheshire League Wythenshawe Town.
Manager Darren Kelly's post-match comments