STRIKER Dan Cockerline comes into the CURZON ASHTON squad for tomorrow (Saturday’s) Vanarama North game at Hednesford Town.
The Blues returned to form last weekend with a victory at Nuneaton and a home draw with Stalybridge. But goals have been difficult to come by since the turn of the year and the Sheffield United man may offer a solution.
Cockerline, who is 19, has been signed on loan until the end of the season. He spent time with Grantham in the Evo-stik NPL premier division last year.
Liam Tomsett misses the trip to Keys Park after damaging ankle ligaments in the Nuneaton match and could be out for a fortnight. Matty Warburton is 50/50 after a dead leg.
Also in the squad is defender Benito Lowe, son of Hyde United boss Gary Lowe, who made his debut against Stalybridge on Monday. Curzon manager John Flanagan said: “He did very, very well. His first challenge was really robust.”
Midfielder Matty Crothers is back at National Park after a loan spell at Ramsbottom.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC make the long trek to Lowestoft still looking for their first win of 2016.
Manager Liam Watson is sweating on the fitness of first-choice goalkeeper Tony McMillan (ankle) but has an able deputy in Barnsley youth keeper Jack Watson. The youngster made his debut at Curzon and delivered Celtic’s first clean sheet in 16 games.
Otherwise Watson has a full squad to choose from for a game his side can ill-afford to lose.
ASHTON UNITED continue their Evo-stik NPL premier division promotion push at home to Matlock Town. Cavell Coo and Matt Chadwick face fitness tests.
A badly bruised foot makes Reece Gray a major doubt for HYDE UNITED who go to high-flying Stourbridge still looking for their first league win since October 26. Striker Scott Spencer remains sidelined.
In the first division north, DROYLSDEN entertain Ossett Albion without hamstring injury victim James Hampson. Jacob Wood will have a late fitness test.
MOSSLEY travel to Prescot Cables without Mike Fish who injured his shoulder when tackled by Kendal keeper Will Kitchen last week — an incident which led to the striker getting a yellow card. Godwin Abadaki needs a fitness test.
Stuttering GLOSSOP NORTH END have a full squad for their home match with Lancaster City.