George Mannion from West Torrens Birkalla SC (Australia) to Glossop North End
Jaheim Headley from Huddersfield Town to Hyde United
Nathan Valentine from Stalybridge Celtic to Matlock Town
Sam Kilner from Buxton to Mossley
Ethan Beckford from Curzon Ashton to Nantwich Town
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IF STALYBRIDGE CELTIC are serious about making the BetVictor NPL premier division play-offs, they have to take something from tomorrow (Saturday’s) home match with third-placed Basford United.
After closing 2019 with an impressive run, the Bridge have taken only two points from nine in the new year, culminating in last week’s 3-0 defeat at Atherton Collieries which left them in sixth place and having played more games than the clubs around them.
A sequence of four consecutive home matches offers them the chance to reignite their promotion push although they face difficult opposition including league leaders South Shields.
This weekend, they will be without striker Craig Hobson who has a broken foot. On-loan Manchester United defender Max Taylor prepares to make his full debut after coming on as substitute at the Skuna Stadium.
Nathan Valentine has joined Matlock Town on loan until the end of the season.
Teenage utility man Jaheim Headley should figure for HYDE UNITED at Nantwich where the Tigers will be hoping to erase the memory of three consecutive home defeats.
The 18-year-old, who is on loan from Huddersfield Town, moves to Ewen Fields just as another loanee, Connor Hughes, returns to Ashton United.
Manager Dave McGurk has problems up front, so there could be another signing before the match. Dan Turner (knee and foot) and Chris Sharp (neck and back) are both struggling. Jack Dyche is suspended.
Harry Benns and James Hodges should be back in contention by the end of the month.
Connor Hughes returns to Hurst Cross in time for ASHTON UNITED’s trip to Morpeth. They ought to be in good mood having beaten Stafford last week to record Mike Clegg’s first win as Robins manager.
Clegg has a fully fit squad but Chester midfielder Craig Mahon is set to play his last match before completing his loan spell.
In the first division south east, Moussa Samassa will be missing for GLOSSOP NORTH END who’ll be looking to make it four games unbeaten when they visit Sutton Coldfield.
Co-bosses Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison have signed left-back George Mannion who has been playing for Australian club West Torrens Birkalla. The 23-year-old was previously with Chester, Northwich Victoria, Colwyn Bay and Prescot Cables.
Striker Jamie Rainford has left MOSSLEY and signed for Widnes. Manager Dave Wild said: “He has a young family and the travelling was causing issues. But he goes with my best wishes. I have nothing but good things to say about him.”
Otherwise the Lilywhites have a full squad for their match with Marine at Seel Park.
Droylsden have no game this weekend. They are back in action on Saturday, January 25, when they visit City of Liverpool.
New striker Owen Watkinson — signed on loan from Blackpool — should figure for CURZON ASHTON at home to Farsley Celtic in National League North. Midfielder Andy Halls remains suspended.
Louis Almond from Chorley to Ashton United
Nialle Rodney from Ramsbottom United to Ashton United
Christopher Thompson from Droylsden to Clitheroe
Ellis Allen from Oldham Athletic to Droylsden
Ashley Young from FC United of Manchester to Hyde United
Max Taylor from Manchester United to Stalybridge Celtic
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MIKE CLEGG has continued his rebuilding process by bringing in another three players ahead of ASHTON UNITED’sBetVictor NPL premier division home clash with Stafford Rangers tomorrow (Saturday).
Former Hyde United striker Louis Almond joins from Chorley, forward Nialle Rodney has been signed from Lancaster City and ex-Stalybridge and Curzon Ashton defender Joel Bembo-Leta moves from Ramsbottom United.
Stafford, who are bottom of the table with only two wins to their credit, must surely offer the Robins their best chance of a first victory since the start of November when Jody Banim was still in charge.
Their only doubt is defender Gianluca Havern.
STALYBRIDGE CELTICnow have two Manchester United players in the ranks. Central defender Max Taylor has been signed on a season-long loan and goalkeeper Alex Fojticek has had his loan period extended.
Manager Simon Haworth has a fully fit squad to choose from as the Bridge prepare to travel to Atherton Collieries. Jonathan Ustabasi returns after a one-match ban.
Dave McGurk has strengthened the HYDE UNITEDmidfield by bringing in former Buxton man Ashley Young from FC United. Jamal Crawford has left the club in search of regular first-team starts.
The Tigers welcome Whitby Town with three possible absentees in the ranks. Tom Pratt, Paddy Lane and Connor Hughes all missed midweek training but McGurk is confident at least two of them will start.
In the first division north west, DROYLSDENshould have a new goalkeeper in the side at Prescot Cables to replace Chris Thompson who has joined Clitheroe.
Danny Wilkins and Tom Moore face fitness tests but the only serious doubt is Andrea Bianga.
Defender Keil O’Brien, newly returned on loan from Trafford, will appear in the MOSSLEY team taking on Clitheroe at Seel Park.
Jamie Rainford needs a fitness test but Ste Mason is available having come back from Australia. Jack Grundy’s loan from Oldham Athletic has been extended.
Devon Matthews is available for GLOSSOP NORTH ENDfor their visit to Worksop Town. Prince Ekpolo has joined Guiseley and Luke Merrill has gone back to Curzon Ashton having completed his loan.
Co-boss Peter Band said: “I’d like to thank Nash manager Mark Bradshaw for his help.”
Buoyed by their midweek draw at Boston, CURZON ASHTONought to be in confident mood as they set off on the long trip to face fellow strugglers Blyth Spartans but the club has suffered a series of setbacks.
Sean Miller is expected to be out for six weeks with a broken bone in his foot, Andy Halls is suspended and Liam Davis had a scan earlier today. On the plus side, Olly Thornley could be back at the start of February.
Wide man Tunde Bayode has moved to the Tameside Stadium on loan from Burnley.
Ryan Rogers from Gretna 2008 to Glossop North End
Jon Worsnop from Ashton United to Grantham Town
Toby Savin from Accrington Stanley to Stalybridge Celtic
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IF CURZON ASHTON are to resume the winning streak they enjoyed at the start of December, they’ll have to do so without two of the three loan players who made such a difference.
Stockport County have agreed to allow Connor Dimaio to stay at the Tameside Stadium for a further month, but fellow midfielder Lewis Doyle and striker Charlie Jolley have been recalled by their parent clubs, Accrington and Wigan Athletic.
While seeing it as a blow, manager Mark Bradshaw was philosophical, saying: “We’d hoped to keep them but that’s loans.”
The match presents the Nash with what looks like a great chance to pull away from the National League North relegation places. Alfreton, who are tomorrow (Saturday’s) visitors are only four points ahead in the table and have not won a game since mid-November.
Isaac Sinclair and Nicky Wroe have recovered from illness/injury and are back in contention.
Neighbours ASHTON UNITED, who are still looking for their first victory under manager Mike Clegg, have received some welcome good news.
Earlier today (Friday) their appeal against the red card shown to defender Stephen Rigby against FC United was upheld, which means he is free to feature in the clash with BetVictor NPL premier division leaders South Shields at Hurst Cross.
The Robins have an injury-free squad. Striker Jordan Slew has been allowed to join EFL league two strugglers Morecambe.
HYDE UNITED boss Dave McGurk chooses from the same 16 that won on New Year’s Day as he prepares to face FC United. The Tigers are hoping the attendance will match the 1,502 who were at Ashton United on December 28.
Jack Dyche starts a five-match ban in a week’s time after being sent off at the Silverlands in his first game back after a suspension for accumulating yellow cards.
Jonathan Ustabasi is the only absentee for STALYBRIDGE CELTIC who visit Scarborough. He serves a one-match ban for his dismissal in the Boxing Day derby at Ewen Fields.
Fresh from their 2-1 win over Stocksbridge, GLOSSOP NORTH END are hoping to pick up another three points at home to relegation-haunted Newcastle Town in the first division south east.
Moussa Samassa, Devon Matthews and Prince Ekpolo all return after missing out on New Year’s Day. They are in contention alongside two new signings: Spanish midfielder Victor Pons-Guerra, who was at Radcliffe pre-season, and forward Ryan Rogers from Gretna of the Scottish Lowland League.
Pons-Guerra previously played at Spanish segunda division outfit Las Palmas and for Czech first league club SK Sigma Olomouc.
In the first division north west, DROYLSDEN have a string of injuries for the visit of Widnes — Andreas Bianga, Reece Webb Foster, Rhys Clooney and Danny Wilkins. Assistant-manager Aeon Lattie puts them down to too many games in a short space of time over Christmas.
MOSSLEY boss Dave Wild picks from the same 16 that beat Droylsden for the trip to Runcorn Linnets. “They showed me and the club they know what it means to play for Mossley,” he commented.