The August bank holiday football fixtures saw the eargerly awaited Ashton derby, the first competitive match between Curzon Ashton and Ashton United for 17 years.
The match did not dissapoint Curzon narrowly beat United in a thrilling game. Droylsden's early season form carried on with another emphatic victory. Hyde FC remained pointless after both bank holiday games. Stalybridge Celtic had a good home victory over Stockport County, Mossley FC won away at Padiham but lost at home to Salford City.
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Hyde FC lost both bank holiday games losing 4-2 to Colwyn Bay at home and 3-2 away at Bradford Park Avenue to remain without a point so far this season.
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Stalybridge Celtic beat Stockport County 3-2 in front of a bumper crowd of 1,616 at Bower Fold on the Saturday. The game started at a furious pace with Celtic 3 - 0 up by half time with goals from Aidan Chippendale, Ben McKenna, and Paul Ennis. Stockport came back in the second half and pulled back two goals, a tense last few minutes saw bookings on both sides and Stockports Jamie Milligan was sent off as Celtic held on for three points. Celtic's form was not carried into the monday fixture as they went down 2- 0 away at Chorley.
Curzon Ashton and Ashton United drew both Saturday games 1-1 as they looked forward to Mondays Ashton derby. Ashton United drew with Buxton at Hurst Cross, Jay Robins scoring for the Robins with Buxton equalising in the dying minutes to deny United victory. Curzon Ashton shared the points with Grantham Town away with Samuel Walker scoring for Curzon. on the monday the much anticipated derby was a thriller played against the backdrop of a swirling wind. Curzon won the game 3-2 with an own goal from United's captain Jack Higgins making the difference, Jonathan Hunt and Ryan Watson scored the other two Curzon goals with Martin Pilkington scoring the two Ashton united goals.
Droylsden produced another stunning display of attacking football beating Harrogate Railway Athletic at the Butcher's Arms, following on from their 7-1 victory of the previous week. Kevin leadbetter and Ben Reegan scored two apiece with Ciaran Kilkeeny and Fernando Moke adding to the bloods scoreline to make the final score 6-1.
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Mossley went down 3-1 at home to Salford City with Douggie Carroll scoring from the penalty spot for the Lilywhites on Bank Holiday Saturday. They got their first win of the season on Bank Holiday Monday with a 2-1 win at Padiham with goals from Tom Pratt and Mitchell Bryant, the close result did not reflect Mossley's dominance.