THE weather could be the winner this weekend. With the region yet to dry out after Storm Doris, more rain is expected overnight and into tomorrow (Saturday).
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC, who are down to face Bradford Park Avenue at Bower Fold, have announced a pitch inspection at 10.45am. Writing on the club’s forum, chairman Rob Gorski said: “Sadly, not only is tomorrow in grave doubt, because the water is not draining away, as the forecast is for more rain over the next four days, Tuesday (Telford) is already in doubt.”
If the game does go ahead there could be a debut for striker James Roberts who has been signed on loan from Oxford United for the rest of the season. Otherwise, manager Steve Burr has a full squad to call on.
Serious knee ligament damage means Matt Flynn can’t feature in CURZON ASHTON’s game at Gainsborough Trinity. Ryan Jennings is also out, having picked up a slight hamstring strain in training, and Iain Howard remains sidelined with a pelvic strain. He is awaiting a scan. Midfielder Ryan Hall has signed a contract.
In the Evo-stik NPL premier division, ASHTON UNITED are hoping to build on last week’s 3-1 win at Coalville as they visit Rushall Olympic.
Jack Dyche comes back into the side after suspension and Matty Chadwick has recovered from injury.
Co-boss Jody Banim said: “We have a full complement available and of course we have signed former Curzon defender Simon Woodford from Glossop.
“Rushall have been in trouble lately. Before beating Stafford on Tuesday they had lost nine out of their ten previous games. I don’t know if that means it was a turning point for them or it just glossed over a poor run. We’ve got an opportunity to win three points and that’s what we’ve got to go for.”
In the first division north, Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison are hoping to add another two faces to the Seel Park squad for MOSSLEY’s game at Trafford. “We’re just waiting on the paperwork,” said Band.
Despite the huge gap in fortunes between the two clubs, the Lilywhites have to be hopeful as Trafford lost to fellow strugglers Prescot in midweek. Nick Bulmer and Jason Hill are both unavailable.
HYDE UNITED should have a great chance to extend their seven-game unbeaten run as they are away to bottom club Burscough.
The Tigers, who have a fully fit squad, have secured the services of Macclesfield winger Chris Sutherland until the end of the season. He could feature tomorrow having recovered from injury.
Midfielder Eddie Moran is again the only absentee for GLOSSOP NORTH END who travel to Colwyn Bay. However, the game is in doubt and there will be a pitch inspection in the morning.
Skipper Domaine Rouse, who has a bruised foot, is the only doubt for DROYLSDEN who are away to Goole.