Manchester Premier Cup First Round Fixtures
Tuesday 4th October 2016 @ 09:54 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Our local football teams begin their pursuit of the Manchester Premier Cup this evening.

Having won the competition for two consecutive years, cup holders Mossley begin their title defence at near neighbours Hyde United.

Mossley enter the clash having gained a creditable 1-1 draw at Brighouse Town on Saturday, while Hyde enter the tie on the back of a 2-2 draw with Trafford.

An 87th minute equaliser denied Hyde their second win in the space of four days.

Droylsden and Stalybridge Celtic will battle it out for the second time in the space of three months after the two sides met during pre-season.

It’s fair to say that both sides are struggling this season, with Droylsden occupying 19th spot in the Evo-Stik First Division North, and Celtic remain in the National League North relegation zone for the fourth consecutive week.

Droylsden salvaged a point against Scarborough Athletic in a 2-2 draw on Saturday, but Celtic were eliminated from the FA Cup after a 2-1 defeat to FC Halifax Town.

Ashton United and Curzon Ashton will lock horns for the first time competitively since their Evo-Stik Premier play-off semi-final in 2015.

On that occasion, Curzon won on a round of penalties and secured their place in the final against Ilkeston.

The Nash subsequently won the final and gained promotion to the National League North.

On the other hand, Ashton brushed off their play-off hangover with relative ease and made a charge into the play-offs for the third consecutive season in 2015.

The sides enter tonight’s fixture having both won on Saturday.

Ashton met Coalville Town for the first time in their history and claimed a 3-0 victory in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, while Curzon beat Bedworth United 4-0 in the FA Cup third qualifying round.

John Flanagan’s side have been rewarded with a fourth qualifying round tie against National League outift, York City.

Glossop are back at Surrey Street for the second time in 72 hours.

The Hillmen take on North West Counties League Premier League outfit, Maine Road.

Chris Willcock’s men secured a 2-1 victory over Ramsbottom United on Saturday which pushed them to eighth in the table and one point outside the play-off zone.

Maine Road fell to a 1-0 defeat at Atherton Collieries in a league fixture.

FIXTURES:

Hyde United v Mossley

Droylsden v Stalybridge Celtic

Ashton United v Curzon Ashton

Glossop v Maine Road