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Local Clubs Midweek Fixtures and Preview
Tuesday 27th September 2016 @ 12:52 by Adam Higgins
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National League North

FC United of Manchester v Curzon Ashton

Evo-Stik Northern Premier

Whitby Town v Ashton United


Northern Premier Division One North

Burscough v Droylsden

Mossley v Ossett Albion

Prescot Cables v Hyde United

Tadcaster Albion v Glossop North End



Tonight, Curzon Ashton make the short trip across to Moston to take on FC United of Manchester in the National League North. Despite it only being September, the game can already be labelled as a six-pointer, with both sides struggling, and lie just outside the relegation places.

A victory for Curzon will see them rise two places to seventeenth, and they will move up one place if they avoid defeat. However, recording a victory against their former tenants has been difficult to achieve for the Nash, with FC United unbeaten in the ten meetings between the two sides. The last three meetings however have all ended with draws: the game at Broadhurst Park last season was a thriller with FC coming from 2-0 and 3-1 behind to salvage a 3-3 draw. The most was less thrilling as both sides battled to a 0-0 draw at the Tameside Stadium.

The Nash are looking to get back to winning ways after a disappointing derby defeat to Stockport County at the weekend. Curzon having lost their last four league games since a 4-2 victory at Altrincham. Curzon’s only win in the last six games was their win in the FA Cup replay against Consett Town. Curzon have been decent on their travels though, having lost just one of their five away league games so far.

The Rebels have also been showing some indifferent form, with two wins and two defeats in their last five matches. They have won just once in five home matches, albeit against County, and do have the advantage of having won all but two home games against their former landlords. Karl Marginson’s side came away from Birmingham with a credible 1-1 draw against Tamworth last time out following their impressive 7-1 FA Cup victory the week before.

Team News
Manager John Flanagan remains without the injured Danny Shaw, whilst Matt Flynn faces a late fitness test. Simon Woodford has returned from loan and is available for selection. Curzon have also secured the signing of defender Jamie Stott on a one-month loan from Oldham Athletic and he has signed in time so is available for selection at Broadhurst Park.

Betting odds
FC United win: 10/11
Draw: 13/5
Curzon win: 14/5

Betting odds courtesy of Bet365

Match information

FC United of Manchester vs Curzon Ashton at Broadhurst Park, Moston, M40 OFJ
Tuesday 27th September 2016, Kick-off at 19:45 (BST)
Admission Prices are £9 for adults, £5 for concessions and students and under-18’s is £2.
Venue: Broadhurst Park, Moston, M40 0FJ

Follow live updates on twitter, @CurzonLive
Elsewhere, there is a full programme of fixtures in the Northern League Premier and Northern Premier Division One North. Curzon’s neighbours Ashton United – with the league’s best away record – put that on the line as they make the trip to the North East Coast to face Whitby Town who hold the best home record. The Robins currently sit sixth, one place outside the play-offs, and two points and two places below tonight’s opponents.

In Division One North, mid-table Glossop North End travel to newly-promoted Tadcaster Albion who are just above the Hillmen in ninth, with only goal difference separating the sides. Mossley entertain struggling Ossett Albion, with the Lilywhites looking for their first home win of the season. Our other two clubs, Droylsden and Hyde United, are both off to Merseyside to face Burscough and Prescot Cables respectively. Hyde will be looking for their first away point of the season, and can move out of the relegation zone if they better Droylsden’s result away at second-bottom Burscough, who haven’t picked up a victory in their opening seven league games.


By Alex Byrom