Wins for Curzon Ashton and Mossley, Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde Fc, Ashton United and Droylsden all lost.
VANAMARA CONFERENCE NORTH
Hyde FC squandered a two goal lead to go down 3-2 away at Chorley. Tom Bentham scored a brace early in the game to put the Tigers 2-0 up, but by half time Chorley had levelled the score. Hyde played some great footbal throughout the game and were unlucky to be on the losing side after Chorley scored a late winner. Stalybridge Celtic went down 2-0 to Oxford City at Bower Field.
EVOSTIK PREMIER NORTH
Curzon Ashton recorded a 3-0 victory on wet slippery pitch at the Tameside Stadium against Matlock Town as both sides struggled to create any good chances in the first half of this league fixture.
At the start of the second half Curzon created a great chance when a free kick from captain Samuel Walker landed into a crowded box, Ryan Brooke who was one of three players who tried to scrambled the ball over the line but Matlock succeeded in eventually clearing their lines.
On 59 minutes Curzon got their break. Brooke at the second time of asking following his free kick hitting the wall, floated a cross into the box, it was played onto Luke Horrocks at the far post. Horrocks put in a low shot which was parried by keeper Kennedy but only into path of Alex Brown who side footed home at the far post.Curzon doubled their score on 72 minutes when Tom Eckersley on his debut finished from close range after Kennedy saved directly from a Walker corner. Matlock struggling to break down a stubborn Curzon defence went further behind on 86 minutes after sub Cameron Darkwah was brought down inside the box after some good pressure from Curzon. Captain Walker made sure with the penalty sending Kennedy the wrong way.
Ashton suffered a disastrous 5 -2 defeat against Witton Albion, the team starting the day bottom of the league
Witton Albion threatened with just 5 minutes gone as Luke Clark burst clear through midfield and his clever chip over Phillips needed Jack Higgins to clear off the line and Ashton themselves went close on 20 minutes when Connor Roberts-Nurse’s cross rebounded to Lee Rick whose header gave Brad Robinson a clear sight of goal which he put wide from 6 yards out. The best chance of the half fell to Martin Pilkington, put clean through on Porter by Ashley Young but he saw his effort saved by the home keeper who also denied Robinson from the rebound.
Less than ten minutes of the second period had elapsed when Witton moved ahead as Titchener won a free kick outside the area which Andrews curled around the wall and into the net despite Phillips getting a touch and within 4 minutes Andrews had scored his second as Henders’ flick sent him running into the area where he provided a fine finish in off the post. To complete a disastrous 8 minute period for the Robins, Clarke picked out Corbett’s overlapping run and the third goal hit the back of the net to leave Ashton absolutely reeling.
United immediately reduced the deficit as Kayde Coppin’s cross was laid back by Scott Harries for fellow sub Chris Baguley to place a fine side foot effort home and nerves were jangling in the home crowd as Dale Johnson further reduced the deficit on 74 minutes converting Richard Bennett’s flick. However within 4 minutes the good work was undone as an inside pass found Andrews being brought down by Rick for a clear penalty which was confidently converted by the winger.
With 5 minutes left on the clock a long ball was cleared by Phillips resulting in a clash with Henders, the keeper seemingly incensed by the forward’s reaction to the challenge resulting in a red card and the scoring was completed as a quick break saw Gardner find Andrews who put the ball in the net.
EVOSTIK FIRST DIVISION NORTH
Droylsden went down 3-2 away at Spennymoor Town, had not been for their poor first half defending, they may have come away from the Brewers’ Field with something to show for their efforts. Spennymoor went into man early 2-0 lead and went into half time with a 2-0 lead. Two minutes after the re-start Ben Deegan was tripped in the box, and Kilheeney scored from the spot for the Bloods.
However, with more poor defending, Droylsden gifted the ball back to Spennymoor Town, who curled a beautiful effort from just outside the box to restore the hosts’ two goal cushion.
It looked as though Droylsden had reduced the arrears when a spell of pressure saw the ball loop up to Alex Frost at the far post, but he somehow headed into the side netting when it seemed easier to score.
However, Droylsden did pull one back following a neat shot on the turn from Deegan, and once McHugh had blocked from Dale Wright, the hosts hung on to take all three points, leaving The Bloods in third position, but with many around them having games in hand.
Mossley got back to winning ways on as they came away with a 2-1 victory at Prescot Cables.
The Lilywhites had to come from behind though following a whirlwind opening that saw Prescot take the lead just 43 seconds into the game.Mossley were being forced to play on the counter attack and equalised on 27 minutes. Good work by Keogh and Matthews saw Sam Robinson get around the back of the Prescott defence and Lewis Nuttall was on hand to score his first Mossley goal in his first start from close range. Mossley had to absorb more home pressure before the break but fortune was on the Lilywhites side as, despite a few shaky moments, the defence held firm. The Lilywhites began the second half in similar fashion and Matthews played in Sam Robinson who’s angled shot found the far corner just 53 seconds after the restart. Prescot’s play became more desperate as the half wore on and they ran out of both steam and ideas as Mossley comfortably contained the increasingly rare dangerous Prescot raids. The Lilywhites were able to put recent disappointments behind them and move a place back up the table to 9th.