ASHTON flies the flag for Tameside and Glossop in the FA Cup second qualifying round. Out of seven starters, only United and Curzon remain.
The cup might provide a welcome break from league action for CURZON ASHTON who have lost six of their last seven matches and slumped to 19th place in Vanarama North.
Tomorrow (Saturday’s) tie offers some hope to the struggling Nash are they are home to bottom club Blyth Spartans whose form is even worse having failed to win any of their 11 league games.
Olly Thornley and Elliott Cooke return to Mark Bradshaw’s squad. Striker Michael Elstone has been released.
ASHTON UNITED are also home, in their case to Pontefract Collieries. The Yorkshire side have beaten Glossop and Droylsden over the last two weekends and are on a four-match winning run but, even though he has a string of injuries, Robins boss Jody Banim is confident his side can cope with their speed, strength and direct style of play.
Josh Wilson is suspended, Callum Dolan is prevented from playing under the terms of his loan deal from Oldham Athletic, and John Pritchard and Gianluca Havern are injured.
To plug the gap in central defence, Banim signed Nelson Digbeu from Bradford Park Avenue earlier tonight.
Each winning club receives £6,750 in prize money while the losers get £2,250.
In the BetVictor NPL premier division, STALYBRIDGE CELTIC face Radcliffe at Bower Fold hoping to end a run of three consecutive defeats. Manager Simon Haworth has no injuries and has brought back two former players: striker Darius Osei and defender Chris Smalley.
HYDE UNITED have no game tomorrow or Tuesday, something that pleases Dave McGurk.
“The free weekend comes at a good time as we would have been missing three goalkeepers. As it is, Luke Mewin will be fit for next week. James Hodges and Thierry Lewis face a longer time on the sidelines,” the Tigers boss explained.
“Joel Logan and Jamal Crawford could also have been out but they should be fit for next Saturday.
“Fans can expect to see one or two new faces coming in to boost the squad as we look a little light as a result of injuries and Bailey Gooda leaving for Matlock.”
Louis White has signed dual registration forms with Wythenshawe Town.
The Tigers — who played their first league game as Hyde United 100 years ago, on September 20, 1919 — are holding an open training session tomorrow starting at 1pm.
Even though they have won their last two matches, beating top-of-the-table Workington last Saturday, it’s been a turbulent week for MOSSLEY.
Adam Jones and stalwart striker Mike Fish have been released — Jones joining New Mills — and Max Leonard has been placed on the transfer list, causing something of a storm on social media.
Missing for the home clash with Tadcaster are Andrew Keogh, Ste mason and Godwin Abadaki. Astley Mulholland is about ten days from a return.
Liam Caddick is back from suspension for DROYLSDEN who have suffered heavy defeats in their last two outings.
Coming into the squad for the trip to Marske is new signing Ryan Crowther. Alex Frost is available. Shaq Clarke and Lee Neville face late fitness tests.
Andy Langford is facing a ban after being sent off after only two minutes of the Integro Cup tie at Radcliffe for handball on the line.
GLOSSOP NORTH END co-bosses Peter band and Lloyd Morrison have allowed full-back Danny Vinten to join Northwich Victoria on a dual registration. Kayde Coppin is back for the clash with with Lincoln United at Surrey Street.