MANAGER John Flanagan has several players unavailable as CURZON ASHTON prepare for their first Vanarama North game of the new season — at home to Kidderminster Harriers tomorrow (Saturday).
Matt Flynn is at a wedding and will also miss Wednesday’s match at Bradford Park Avenue. Simon Woodford is suffering from a recurring knee injury and Connor Hughes has a torn calf muscle.
Danny Hall is 50/50 with a dislocated big toe picked up in the friendly at Ashton United and Benito Lowe is understood to have signed for Skelmersdale United.
On the plus side, goalkeeper Hakan Burton has recovered from the neck injury which led to him missing several of the pre-season games. He played 75 minutes against Sheffield United with no reaction and is expected to start tomorrow.
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC manager Liam Watson takes his new-look squad to Boston United sweating on the fitness of one of his old guard and one of his new.
Club skipper Matty Hughes faces a late fitness test on the knee he injured in the warm-up for last weekend’s friendly victory over Barrow, and new boy Callum Bagshaw, one of 12 summer signings, is a doubt after picking up an ankle injury.
Fellow newbie Paul Foy is suspended for the first three games pf the season after being sent off in his final game for previous club Cammell Laird.