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).
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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
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HYDE UNITED fans can look forward to seeing no fewer than five new recruits make their home debuts tomorrow (Saturday) when the Tigers take on Gainsborough Trinity in the Evo-stik NPL premier division.
Chief among them is Connor Simpson who comes in on loan from Preston North End. The 6ft 5in striker, who has been likened to Andy Carroll, drew interest from Premier League clubs Everton, West Ham and Newcastle before leaving Hartlepool over the summer.
Simpson is joined by three midfielders: Osebi Abadaki from Stafford Rangers, Nicky Plat from Ashton United and Aussie James Georgaklis who has been playing for Larne in the NIFL Championship.
Jack McConville — a former Hyde defender — completes the group by returning from Skelmersdale.
The quintet represent an attempt by manager Darren Kelly to pep up a side that has performed respectably rather than impressively this season. Goals have been hard to come by with only eight scored in 11 games.
Kelly could have problems in central defence tomorrow as John McCombe (back) and Matty Hughes (ill) are both doubtful. There are also question marks over Kyle Harrison and Ross Daly.
However, Grant Roberts has regained fitness. Long-term injury Chris Sutherland is expected to return to training over the next week.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC make their first-0ever trip to Basford United boosted by the return to fitness of three players who had to sit out Tuesday’s bruising encounter with league leaders Scarborough.
Midfielders Tom Brown and Glenn Rule, plus striker Chris Sharp, all return to Simon’s Haworth’s squad. But winger James Caton is still missing with a hamstring injury and St Lucia defender Josh Solomon-Davies is on international duty.
In National League North, CURZON ASHTON must go to Leamington without defender Danny Morton. He tore a hamstring against Southport last week and will be unavailable for at least a month.
Fellow defender Mo Ali comes back into contention after missing Monday’s Manchester Premier Cup victory over Hyde with an ankle knock, and goalkeeper Cameron Mason has recovered from an ankle strain.
Olly Crankshaw bruised a hip in training and will undergo a late fitness test.
Jan Budtz will play in goal for ASHTON UNITED at Spennymoor as Luke Pilling will be on duty with Wales.
Manager Jody Banim has brought in right-back Harrison Holgate on loan from Fleetwood to fill the gap left by Jak Hickman who has been recalled by Coventry.
Matty Chadwick has a bug and may have to miss out.
Co-bosses Mark Canning and Andy Bishop have signed striker Matty Chapman ahead of GLOSSOP NORTH END’s Evo-stik first division west clash with Widnes at Surrey Street.
Striker Darrhyl Mason continues to be troubled by a sore ankle. Jason Hill comes back after missing out in midweek and Ian Bennett returns after concussion. Adam Cooper, who hobbled off on Tuesday with a damaged calf, is fit to play.
MOSSLEY have a clean bill of health for their visit to Market Drayton. Danny McLaughlin, has been allowed to join West Didsbury and Chorlton in the North West Counties League on a dual registration.
Kyle McGonigle, who has just returned from a long-term injury, has gone to Winsford to regain match fitness.
DROYLSDEN welcome Tadcaster to the Butchers Arms in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy with £3,000 in prize money at stake.
Manager Dave Pace, who has no injuries or suspensions to contend with, has signed former Stalybridge striker Liam Dickinson from FC United.
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JODY BANIM takes a changed ASHTON UNITED squad down to Kings Lynn Town tomorrow (Saturday) in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.
Striker Craig Hobson has joined Alfreton Town, midfielder Scott Sephton has been sold to Buxton for an undisclosed fee, and frontman Jak Hickman has been recalled by Coventry City.
“We’ve won our last three games, and it would be nice to have that continuity in the squad, but we can’t deny players the opportunity to move on,” Banim explained.
“Craig did very well for us but money talks. Alfreton were offering him more than double what we were paying.
“I’m a little bit disappointed about Jak Hickman because we’d agreed to extend his loan and then he was called back without any real explanation.”
Banim expects a very hard game at the Walks Stadium. Although Kings Lynn are only just above the relegation places in the Evo-stik League South premier division central, their form has improved markedly since Rob Back and Neil Fryatt replaced manager Simon Clark a month ago. They have gone six games unbeaten since the duo took charge.
The Ashton boss added: “They’re a bit like us. They play a 4-3-2-1 formation with a high tempo. They press and like to play the ball from the back whenever they can.
“I’m expecting a really tough game but they have a beautiful pitch so there’s a chance for us to get the ball down and play as we like to.”
Neighbours CURZON ASHTON are home to Southport and manager John Flanagan has the luxury of a full squad to call on.
The Sandgrounders, who are second-bottom of National League North, are managed by former Stalybridge boss Liam Watson who came out of retirement to take the reins at Haig Avenue.
During his time at Bower Fold, Watson was unable to revive Celtic’s fortunes and he left declaring he would never be seen in a dug-out again. However, he did lead Stalybridge to the first round of the FA Cup in 2015 where they lost at Doncaster Rovers.
Each winning side will received £15,000 in prize money.
HYDE UNITED boss Darren Kelly has turned down the chance to take over at FC United.
The struggling Manarama North club have been without a manager since Tom Greaves quit at the end of August and moved to Ewen Fields. Hyde informed Kelly of the approach and he did speak to FC United officials but decided his future lies with the Tigers.
In the past, Kelly has made no secret of his affection for Hyde United where he was given a chance to prove himself after his difficult times in charge at Oldham Athletic and Halifax Town.
A few weeks ago, when he was linked with the job at York City, he commented: “I love absolutely everything about this club (Hyde United) — the people and everything and everybody involved with it. I just love it at Hyde. I love the club and the supporters.
“I live two hours’ drive away, so it’s a great thing to be able to look forward to coming into work irrespective of the long trip.”
Tomorrow, the Tigers visit Matlock Town in the Evo-stik NPL premier division with three midfielders needing fitness tests: Janni Lipka, Ross Daly and Grant Roberts.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC travel to struggling North Ferriby Town looking for their first away win of the campaign.
Tom Brown (hamstring) is still missing but manager Simon Haworth is bolstered by the return of Greg Wilkinson and skipper Glenn Rule as the Bridge look to stretch their unbeaten run to five games.
In the first division west, GLOSSOP NORTH END co-bosses Mark Canning and Andy Bishop have signed three new players ahead of the match at Newcastle Town — midfielder Ian Bennett and striker Sam Madeley from Droylsden, and Hyde United striker Pete Boyle.
Danny Pemberton misses out with a hamstring injury, and Ollie Thornley and Ollie Turner have a virus. Darrhyl Mason faces a fitness test for a rolled ankle.
Dieter Downey and Godwin Abadaki both return for MOSSLEY who face Colwyn Bay at Seel Park. Attacking midfielder Aaron Dwyer has returned to the club from New Mills.
DROYLSDEN have no match. Defender Ben Barber has been transferred to Colne for an undisclosed fee.