Football Preview
Tuesday 19th April 2016 @ 11:14 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Five of our featured football teams are competing in league action this evening.

In the National League North, Stalybridge Celtic welcome Alfreton Town to Bower Fold following their victory at FC United on Saturday.

The three points subsequently confirmed Celtic’s position in step six football for another season.

Although safe from relegation, Celtic certainly won’t be resting on their laurels this evening.

The squad will be vying for a place in the starting line-up against Mossley in the Manchester Premier Cup Final next Wednesday (27th).

The fixture is taking place at Hyde’s Ewen Fields Stadium.

The pressure is steadily building in the Evo-Stik Premier Division for both our featured sides.

Following a 4-0 defeat to Nantwich Town last night, Hyde United’s status as a step seven outfit looks increasingly under threat.

The Tigers enter their last game of the season against Halesowen Town on Saturday essentially needing a miracle.

Darren Kelly’s side currently occupy the last remaining relegation spot on 40 points, whilst Whitby Town sit one place above them on 43 points.

However, Whitby have a significantly better goal difference and two games in hand, meaning they would need to lose by considerable margins for Hyde to stand a chance.

Simply put, claiming a point in one of their last three games against Barwell, Darlington or Skelmersdale United will condemn Hyde to step eight football.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Ashton United take on Halesowen Town at Hurst Cross tonight.

The Robins playoff ambitions took a hit at the weekend following a 1-0 defeat to Workington.

The victory brought Workington to within one point of Ashton, who sit in the last remaining playoff spot on 81 points.

Despite a nervy end to the season, Paul Philips side do have the opportunity to book their place in a playoff semi-final tonight.

A win for the Robins and a loss for Workington would mathematically seal their third consecutive stint in the playoff scenario.

Our three teams in the Evo-Stik First Division North – Droylsden, Mossley and New Mills – have nothing to play for but pride.

New Mills were relegated to the North West Counties League Premier Division a few weeks ago, whilst Droylsden, 19th, and Mossley, 13th, have endured a topsy turvy campaign.

Mossley will, however, be looking to end their season on a high, especially as they enter the Manchester Premier Cup Final next week as proud holders.

Evo-Stik First Division North Fixtures:

Droylsden v Burscough
Mossley v Scarborough Athletic
New Mills v Kendal Town