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PREVIEW This weekend’s local football fixtures
Friday 17th March 2017 @ 15:51 by Adam Higgins
Football Sports

As usual, there is plenty of non-league football across Tameside this weekend to whet your appetite!

In the National League North, Curzon Ashton take on Nuneaton Town on Saturday. Curzon will be looking to build on a 2-2 draw against local rivals Mossley in a friendly on Tuesday night. Nuneaton will have high hopes after coming off the back of a win and a draw in their last two games. They sit two points behind Curzon at the moment but have a game in hand. This game is a real six pointer for the two mid-table clubs and a win for either club could put some distance between them and the bottom five.

Stalybridge Celtic are taking on bottom of the league Altrincham, in what is a must-win game for the club’s survival chances. Steve Burr’s side go into the game very confident after a thrilling 4-3 win over Bradford Park avenue on Tuesday and, if they win again on Saturday, it will help them close in on the teams above them. Altrincham are coming into the game off the back of a 1-0 win over Boston United last weekend. The game will be a relegation six pointer with both teams looking for a win to get them out of the relegation zone.

In the Evo-Stik First Division North, Mossley play Goole away on Saturday at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds. Goole will be in high spirits after beating league leaders Farsley Celtic on Tuesday night, however, Mossley will be equally hopeful as the in-form side are unbeaten in their last four games. Matty Burke got a brace against Curzon midweek and Mossley will be looking to him to inspire them against the relegation-threatened side, who lost 2-0 at Glossop North End last weekend.

Hyde United are travelling to Kendal Town on Tuesday, with the Tigers looking to build on a 3-1 win against Ramsbottom United. Kendal are in 13th place in the league and are three points behind the Tigers, however, they have two games in hand over Hyde. Kendal are coming into the game after a loss to Scarborough and are playing Brighouse Town on Saturday. Darren Kelly’s Hyde are not playing on Saturday and this could work to their advantage.

Ashton United take on Matlock Town on Saturday, with the Robins looking to regain some form after losing to Marine last Saturday, which brought an end to their four-game unbeaten streak. Their opponents Matlock Town are flying high in seventh and are only two points behind Whitby Town. Matlock are coming off the back of a win and a draw going into the game. Ashton pose a better attacking threat than Matlock as they have scored the most goals out of the clubs in the bottom half of the table. However, the Hurst Cross side have conceded 65 in the league and Matlock have only conceded 44.

Elsewhere, there’s a local derby to look forward to at the Butcher’s Arms as Droylsden play host to promotion-chasing Glossop North End. The Bloods managed to get a point in the reverse fixture at Surrey Street, while the Hillmen will be hoping to bounce back from a surprise home defeat against bottom-club Burscough in midweek.

READ MORE: Droylsden v Glossop North End – Preview

 

By Jack Dunkerley