None of Tameside's teams got full points with defeats for Curzon Ashton, Ashton United and Droylsden and draws for Hyde FC and Mossley.
VANAMARA CONFERENCE NORTH
Hyde FC made it two draws in a row at home with a good performance against Leamington.
The Tigers took the lead when the ball dropped in front of Connor Hughes whose shot sailed past Leamingtons Mats Morch into the far corner. Connor Hughes almost got his second in the space of two minutes when he beat the offside trap to go clean through, but his shot from 6 yards out flew miles. Leamington equalised seconds into the second half after Giverin handled in the area and Leamington converted the penalty
Hyde nearly got a winner near the end after sub Joe Conchie took the ball past Morch and the ball fell kindly to Tom Bentham with an open net but the striker dragged his shot wide. Both teams had to be content with a 2-2 draw.
EVOSTIK PREMIER NORTH
Curzon ashton surprisingly lost 2-0 to the league strugglers Belper Town at Christchurch Meadow,in the first ever league meeting between the sides,it was a fully deserved victory for the Derbyshire side. Ashton United also lost 2-0 at home to Ilkeston.
EVOSTIK FIRST DIVISION NORTH
Droylsden lost by the odd goal in seven to Harrogate Railway Athletic in a game that could have gone either way.
The match then sprung in to life when Kevin Leadbetter cushioned Ben Deegan’s long pass into the path of skipper Ciaran Kilheeney, whose first time left footed effort beat the keeper from 20 yards.Harrogate struck back within a minute.Chances then came and went at both ends.Just before the half hour mark Harrogate went into the lead when Alex Frost could only turn another cross by the problematic Youhill into his own goal, but Droylsden struck level nine minutes later when Deegan converted Alli Brown’s cross at the far post.
The Bloods re-took the lead just before the break when a powerful run into the box by Ben McNamara was stopped by a foul, and Kilheeney beat Dean from the spot.Twenty minutes from the end, Harrogate struck level when Youhill once again got the better of stand-in left-back McNamara to cross low for Cartman to beat Saunders from close range.The game could then have gone either way, but a lapse of concentration from Peter Dogun saw Harrogate take advantage and score leaving Dave Pace’s men losing ground in the chase for promotion after another defeat.
Mossley got a creditable draw away at Salford City.