Tuesday night football previews
Tuesday 5th September 2017 @ 10:54 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Our local football teams return to league and cup action tonight.

Following Saturday’s dramatic 2-2 draw with 1874 Northwich in the FA Cup first qualifying round, Mossley make the return leg to the Barton Stadium this evening.

The winner of the tie will host North Ferriby United of the National League North in the next round.

In the National League North, Curzon Ashton make the long journey to Kidderminster Harriers for their ninth game of the season.

John Flanagan’s side managed to arrest a worrying decline against Salford City on Saturday, which had seen them suffer losses to Tamworth, Blyth Spartans and Alfreton Town in the three games previous.

Of those three losses, Curzon conceded 11 goals and scored just one, so it was encouraging to see the Nash record a 1-1 draw against title favourites Salford on Saturday.

As for Kidderminster, John Eustace’s side were beaten in the playoffs last season, and judging by current form it looks as if they’re struggling to shake the hangover off.

They currently lie 10th in the table, having won three, drawn two and lost three.

However, results could improve rapidly if new singing Dan Bradley, who joined from AFC Fylde for £70,000, rediscovers his scoring form.

Elsewhere this evening, Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton United are competing in Evo-Stik Premier Division action.

Celtic make the journey to Farsley Celtic, having beaten the same side 2-1 in the FA Cup at Bower Fold on Saturday, while Ashton head to the east coast to take on Whitby Town.

Steve Burr’s side are in desperate need of three points in league competition, as they are currently marooned at the foot of the table having lost five consecutive fixtures.

Their only win this season came on the opening day in a 1-0 win over Nantwich Town. Since then, Celtic have suffered defeats to Whitby Town, Rushall Olympic, Marine, Shaw Lane and Lancaster City.

As for Farsley, Adam Lakeland’s side appear to have taken momentum from last season’s promotion into the new campaign.

They currently sit fifth in the table, having won three, drawn two and lost one, with prolific striker James Walshaw netting five in the process.

The prolific striker became Farsley’s – and the Evo-Stik First Division North’s – leading scorer last season, netting 32 times in 42 games. He also netted in Farsley’s 2-1 loss at Celtic on Saturday.

Looking at Ashton United, Jody Banim’s side have made a terrific start to their league campaign and find themselves in sixth spot, having won three, drawn two and lost one.

What’s more impressive is the fact that of those six games, Banim has yet to field a fully strengthened starting XI.

The Robins have suffered a string of serious injury setbacks since the season began – most notably Ryan Crowther, who sustained a serious knee injury in the pre-season friendly at Radcliffe Borough, which has ruled him out for the whole season.

Ashton have also been the subject of misfortune in the goalkeeper department. In the 4-1 loss to Buxton on Bank Holiday Monday, the injured Dave Carnell was replaced prior to the game by Jon Diba Musing, however the former Rochdale keeper was also carried off after a first half injury, leaving defender Aaron Chalmers to take responsibility between the sticks.

In a bid to combat the problem, Banim signed Ashley Frith ahead of the FA Cup tie at Marine on Saturday. The shot stopper played in the fixture, meaning he has become the twelfth player to wear the Ashton goalkeeper’s jersey in a competitive match in 365 days.

Whitby just missed out on the playoffs last season, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to see them struggling this season. They are currently in 21st position, having won one, drawn one and lost four. Ashton will be hoping to take advantage of Whitby’s recent misfortune, as the Seasiders conceded a last minute goal at Penistone Church which knocked them out of the FA Cup.

In the Evo-Stik First Division North, Droylsden are enjoying their best start to the season for a good number of years, and currently find themselves handily placed in fourth spot.

Dave Pace’s side enjoyed a 4-3 victory over Colwyn Bay in the FA Cup on Saturday, thanks to goals from Alex Frost, Dom Smith, Ciaran Kilheeney and Jamie Frost.

The Bloods have been rewarded with a tie in the next round at Lancaster City, who they beat twice last season in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

Tonight’s visitors to the Butchers Arms, Skelmersdale United, were relegated from the Premier Division last season and currently lie 16th in the table.

Alan Rogers’ side surrendered a one goal lead against Wandsworth Paramore in the FA Cup on Saturday and fell to a 2-1 loss.

Droylsden will be hoping to inflict more misery on the Blueboys this evening in what will mark the Bloods third home league fixture this season.

Hyde United welcome Radcliffe Borough to Ewen Fields this evening in what will currently be viewed as a winnable game for the Tigers.

Radcliffe are yet to pick up a single point from their opening four fixtures this season, so Darren Kelly’s side will be optimistic of taking advantage of their misfortune and extending their unbeaten run to five games.

Glossop North End have endured an in differed start to the season and return to league action this evening, at home, to Brighouse Town.

The Glossop Chronicle’s Adam Higgins has an in-depth preview here: https://glossopchronicle.co.uk/2017/09/preview-glossop-north-end-v-brighouse-town/