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.