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Non-League round-up: Stockport County, Ashton United, FC United of Manchester and Radcliffe

Here’s your Non-League round-up from last nights action. The action from Stockport County, Ashton United, FC United of Manchester and Radcliffe is explained below.

Stockport County

Last night saw Jim Gannon’s side play a friendly against Trafford FC. The friendly was organised after Stockport’s weekend game was called off.

Gannon wanted to keep his squad fit and give them game time. Devante Rodney put the Hatters 1-0 up after 10 minutes. Adam Hammill then made it 2-0 after scoring from his own half. Czubik then made it 3-0.

Trafford was awarded a penalty in the latter stages of the game and managed to pull one back. However, it wasn’t enough to get past Gannon’s side.

Ashton United

Ashton had an away clash with Witton Albion. Lewis Walters made his debut for Ashton and looks to be an exciting player.

It ended in absolute heartbreak for the Robins. They had kept it 0-0 until the 93rd minute. Witton might have won 1-0 but Ashton has a lot of positives to take from the game.

FC United

FC United was home to Basford United. A win would have taken them further up the league and past Basford.

Tunde Owolabi put FC United 1-0 up after 7 minutes. 26 minutes in and Basford equalised. 61 minutes in and Basford made it 2-1.

This was the second time a corner had proven too much for FC. Due to some bad communication, Basford made it 3-1 in the second half. United still sit at 10th in the league.

Radcliffe

Radcliffe travelled to Lancaster FC. Unfortunately, they managed to go 1-0 down at the end of the first half and couldn’t pull one back.

Tyrese Sinclair came on at half time and he is one player that looks promising. He drove the side forward and looked for chances. Boro’ just couldn’t find the back of the net.

The Football Manc Cave’s Non-League round-up

The Football Manc Cave gives you a Round-Up Of this week’s Non-League action. Stockport County, Curzon Ashton, Ashton United, FC United and Radcliffe’s games are all summarised below.

It was an important weekend for these games as Non-League Day was celebrated. Here’s a round up from the local action…

Stockport County

Unfortunately, Jim Gannon’s side had no game this weekend. They were supposed to be playing Dagenham & Redbridge at home but due to an incident at Milton Keynes, the team couldn’t get to the game on time.

While news on the rearrangement is still being organised, Jim Gannon has organised a friendly to keep his squad fit but also getting them game time. They will play Trafford FC away tomorrow night.

Curzon Ashton

The Nash faced Blyth Spartans at home. Things were looking up as they managed to make it until half time keeping it 0-0. Unfortunately, after 75 minutes, Curzon went 1-0 down.

Despite pressing for an equaliser for the rest of the game, it never arrived. However, it was a good performance and Isaac Sinclair ended up with a well-deserved man of the match.

Ashton United

Ashton travelled to Lancaster City for a Manchester Premier Cup tie. 17 minutes in and Ashton were 1-0 down. Just under 10 minutes in, they, unfortunately, went 2-0 down.

After half time, even though Ashton fought hard to defend and try to get a goal back, they conceded a third. However, manager, Jody Banim apologised to the fans that had travelled to see their side in action. On a positive note, at least they can focus on the league.

FC United

FC United was looking to take some more points from their game this weekend as they have taken 9 from the last 12. They faced Buxton at home.

It only took 12 minutes for FC United to go 1-0 up after a goal from Buckley. A few minutes later, they were awarded a penalty in which Tunde managed to score and put them 2-0 up. He then managed to deliver again after 18 minutes of play and FC were 3-0 up.

The goals just kept on coming and the game ended up 7-0. A fantastic effort from United. This has now taken them up to 9th in the league. Fans will be hoping this great form continues.

Radcliffe

Radcliffe travelled to Nantwich Town for Non-League day. Matt Hughes was forced off the pitch due to injury in the 20th minute. Kingsley Williams had to replace him and got stuck in straight away.

The fight for some points was well and truly on. Both teams were level at half time and the second half was anybody’s game. In the 74th minute, Boro’ gave away a penalty.

Just when they thought they’d be scrambling for an equaliser in the last 10 minutes, Ollie Martin saved the shot and kept it 0-0. The buzz of the penalty save was clearly inspiring as Boro’ went down the other end and the first-half substitution, Kingsley Williams made it 1-0.

After an agonising 5 minutes of injury time, Boro’ managed to keep a clean sheet and took all three points. This has taken them up to 16th in the league.

The Football Manc Cave’s Non-League day preview

As normal, here is your non-league round-up of the teams The Football Manc Cave cover. This week is an extra interesting one as it is Non-League Day this Saturday. You can read more on that here.

Here is what’s been happening and what is to come for our non-league teams. Stockport County, Ashton United, Curzon Ashton, FC United and Radcliffe Borough.

Stockport County

Jim Gannon’s side got off to a good start this season. However, September turned out to be a month that fans want to forget. After a series of losses, the Hatters dropped down in the league.

October is a fresh start for County as they earned a point against Sutton United last week. Ash Palmer and Tom Walker then managed to deliver in a 2-1 win over Hartlepool midweek. These points have now taken them back up to 15th in the National League.

This Saturday will see Gannon’s side take on a 10th placed Dagenham & Redbridge. Stockport will be looking to make these three matches in a row that they can pick up points from. It could be a good chance seeings as Dagenham & Redbridge haven’t been on top of their game either recently.

Ashton United

Ashton will be looking to get some points this weekend. They’ve had their previous two league games postponed and their last match was an FA Cup qualifying game. They, unfortunately, lost 6-2 to Spennymoor Town.

This Saturday will see them take on Lancaster City. Ashton sits down at 16th in the league compared to Lancaster who is currently 6th. It will be a hard battle for some points but a well-rested Ashton side may be hungry for some goals.

Curzon Ashton

The Nash is desperately in need of some points after a series of losses. They lost their last league game 2-1 to Farsley Celtic. However, they did take the lead in this game thanks to a Daniel Trickett-Smith goal.

Curzon is at home this weekend to Blyth Spartans. This is a fixture that fans will be expecting some points from at Blyth are bottom of the league. The Nash just need to make sure they stay tight until the very end of the game.

Against Farsley, they conceded both goals in the 88th minute and the 95th minute. If they can keep going until the final whistle this week, 3 points may be on the cards.

FC United

FC United sit comfortably at 11th in the league. They’re currently on 15 points and could easily make it 18 this weekend. They play Buxton who is currently 21st in the league.

Fans will be expecting a win after United managed to pull a 3-2 win out of the bag against Stalybridge Celtic last weekend. If they do manage to earn all three points, this could potentially take them into the top 10 depending on other results around them. This could be a big week for FC United.

Radcliffe

Radcliffe is a team who have done well when they’ve got a chance to play. A series of games being postponed meant they fell behind in the league. However, things are looking a little better now.

They have moved up to 16th in the league and could go even further up this weekend. Boro’ will face Nantwich Town away. They are 5th in the league which sounds impressive. Although, they did draw their last game.

Radcliffe will be looking to take a point from the game if they can. Rick Smith has been a standout player for goals recently so he is one to look out for.

The Non-League Saturday preview

Once again, The Football Manc Cave is taking a look at how Stockport County, Curzon Ashton, FC United of Manchester, Ashton United and Radcliffe have all been getting on and how they could get on this weekend.

Most have FA Cup Qualifying games to look forward to this weekend. For those who don’t, it’s usual league games to try and secure some points in.

Stockport County:

This weekend will see Jim Gannon’s side go out to try and take three points from Boreham Wood FC. The Hatters have been having a really good league run up until recent weeks when they lost two in a row, so they will be hoping to win this clash.

County currently sits 9th on 17 points. Boreham sits 16th on 12 points. This should hopefully see Jim Gannon preparing his squad to go out and go for goal.

Something to note is that this is the first time these two sides have ever faced one another. A player to take into consideration and keep an eye on is Joe Leesley. He has stolen the show for the Hatters in recent games and will be looking to be consistent in doing it again.

Curzon Ashton:

The Nash currently sit 19th in the league on 9 points and they face a bottom of the league Blyth Spartans this Saturday. However, it’s an FA Cup qualifying game. Even though both teams will be looking to get something from the competition, they could have both done with this being a league clash as they need points in the National League North.

FC United Of Manchester

This Saturday will also see FC United take on Warrington Town in the FA Cup Qualifying stages. When you look at the league, Warrington are 4th on 14 points while FCUM are 16th on 6 points. However, FC United managed a 1-0 win in the first qualifying round against Atherton Collieries.

Paddy Wharton has been a key player in goal and one to watch for the Manchester team. Another thing to consider is that the youth team got knocked out of the FA Cup when their clash this week had to be decided on penalties, so FCUM will be hungry to make sure the first team go further in the competition.

Ashton United:

Ashton are another team in FA Cup action this weekend as they face Pontefract Collieries. Ashton won their first qualifying round 4-2 against Tadcaster Albion. This should be another big scoring game as Ashton are in a higher league than Pontefract who are currently 8th I the Northern North West League.

Radcliffe:

Radcliffe have only had 4 league games go ahead so far this season which has put them at the bottom of the league. If they had have played all their fixtures so far, I think they’d be a lot higher as they have picked up 2 points from 4 games so far. They even managed a draw against a 4th placed Warrington last week. They face Stalybridge Celtic at 3pm on Saturday. They have 7 points from 6 games and sit 13th in the league.

Radcliffe FC, FC United and Ashton United match previews

The Football Manc Cave are looking at the Northern Premier League to see who Radcliffe, FC United of Manchester and Ashton United are facing this weekend and how we think they’ll get on.

Radcliffe

The Boro’ are away to Basford United. I saw their last game against FC United of Manchester in which they drew 1-1 and they looked more promising than before. Elliot Rokka was a stand out performer for me as he was constantly in the right places at the right time, he found a lot of space and in the second half, I decided to go and sit with the FC United fans and even they picked up on how dangerous he looked. They didn’t like how he was finding areas and going unmarked.

Basford has taken 6 points from 4 games and is currently 9th. Radcliffe, on the other hand, have pushed up to 17th after winning their first point but they have only played 2 games so far due to games being shifted around. Their chances don’t look great in this fixture but with a combination of good players like Rick Smith and Ben Wharton, hopefully, Radcliffe will be able to try and win at least a point.

FC United Of Manchester

After watching them play Radcliffe at the weekend, I was impressed mostly by their fans. They were loud, proud and in their numbers. Unfortunately, they sit 19th in the league with only one point from 4.

They face Morpeth Town who are currently 10th in the league with 6 points from 3 games. It’s going to be tough and they obviously aren’t the favourites in this clash. Hopefully fan favourite, Patrick Wharton, their goalkeeper, can keep a clean sheet or at least make some more great saves to keep them in the game.

Ashton United

They face the toughest test this week in the Northern Premier League. They face Matlock who are top of the league after winning all 4 of their games to earn an impressive 12 points.

Ashton lost their last game to Stalybridge Celtic 2-0 and they sit bottom of the league. This game doesn’t look promising at all for Ashton and they’re facing a team who are great at keeping a clean sheet.

Radcliffe, Ashton United & FC United of Manchester all look to get some points on the table this weekend

The football season is underway in all English Leagues now and the Football Manc Cave are looking at the Northern Premier Division to see how Radcliffe, Ashton United and FC United of Manchester could all go on this weekend.

Radcliffe Vs Runcorn – FA Cup

The Boro’ have two games this weekend, FA Cup tie on Saturday and a league game on bank holiday Monday. With this in mind, some second choice players like Lanre Olapade, Elliot Rokka and Riley O’Sullivan May get chances to start to keep some other players rested.

I could be completely wrong but you would think that the league games would be more important to Radcliffe, therefore, some important players should only come on as subs in this game or keep them rested.

Radcliffe and Runcorn have never met before so it should be an interesting game at the Neuven Stadium. Boro reaches the second qualifying round last season and lost 1-0 at home to National League side, Curzon Ashton. Radcliffe’s best run in the FA Cup was in the first round in 2000. They’ll be looking to take something from this game either way.

Bamber Bridge vs Ashton United

Ashton United played South Shields in their last league game and lost 3-0 unfortunately. They had to cope with a last-minute line-up change as Aaron Chalmers had to replace Kyle Harrison. Harrison was on the bench for the game so he could be back in action this week. In this game, United gave away a penalty in the first 5 minutes so will need to try and refrain from those mistakes and be careful at the back.

Ashton is currently 18th in the league with 1 point after 2 games. Bamber Bridge is 20th with 0 points so far so this clash could be close. Ashton will definitely be looking to get 3 points but it will be disappointing if they fail to take away nothing.

FC United vs Scarborough

FC United are currently bottom of the Northern Premier Division with 0 points after 2 games. Scarborough is on 1 point after the 2 games and is currently 19th in the league. However, Scarborough will be on the bounce back after they lost 5-1 to Stalybridge on Tuesday.

The FC United fans are still excited after Paddy Wharton’s double save this week. They may have lost 2-1 to Hyde at home, however, it wasn’t the score sheet that took centre stage, it was Wharton’s penalty save that saw him save the rebound as well. You can watch this yourself here. Regan Linney also scored in the game for FC United so he will be another player on Form this week feeling motivated.

3 players stand out as FC United suffer second defeat to Hyde

FC United suffered their second defeat in the Northern Premier League in a 2-1 defeat at home to Hyde United. Today, The Football Manc Cave will take a look at the key events of the game and what players to keep an eye on for the rest of the season…

A home defeat would leave you thinking that manager Neil Reynolds would be giving the players the hairdryer treatment in the dressing room post-match. However, I was fortunate enough to see a high-quality performance from FC Utd which proved that this side has the potential to challenge in this division.

First Half

The beginning of the game saw FC Utd take total control. The Reds were pinging passes from left to right. James Joyce had acres of space out on the left, where the likes of Tom Dean and Luke Griffiths were picking him out for fun. But FC Utd was unable to capitalise despite dominance.

A mistaken pass in their own half saw Hyde take advantage and Danny O’Brien scores a tap in from a yard out.

In a baffling event, Hyde was awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box, until the referee changed his mind and awarded a penalty. Imminently, the referee became the most disliked man in the stadium. However, goalkeeper Patrick Wharton pulled off a fantastic double save to stop the penalty as well as the rebound. It was one of the most fantastic things I have ever seen in live football.

Despite FC Utd’s control of the game, Hyde was vicious on the odd occasion they had a counter-attack. On one of the very rare occasions that Hyde played some good football was down the left, where they completely undid the FC Utd defence. Liam Tongue slotted it away nicely leaving Hyde Utd 2-0 ahead.

Second half

Hyde Utd started the second half the way FC Utd started the first. Hyde was holding possession and switching play until FC Utd found their groove again.

Niall Rodney and Regan Linney looked to be the two most threatening players for the Reds. Linney regularly cutting inside from the left for the shot or Rodney playing off the last man and attempting to get on the end of some fairly wayward long balls.

FC Utd gained more and more momentum as the clock ticked down. The introduction of Chris Sharp gave the Reds more threat and options, adding to the attack v defence display.

Regan Linney’s favoured technique of cutting inside and shooting finally paid off, as a slight deflection sent the keeper the opposite way.

The remainder of the game saw FC Utd try to prod and pick away at the sturdy and compact Hyde. By the way, Hyde was hoofing the ball up and taking time on dead-ball situations, it was clear the side was holding out for the result they had.

It worked. Despite piling on the pressure in the final stages of the game, FC Utd undeservedly missed the mark on several goal-scoring opportunities.

The game had some fantastic moments and displays of good football. But the highlight has to be manager Neil Reynolds’ yellow card for descent towards the assistant referee over a throw-in awarded to Hyde where the ball hadn’t completely crossed the line. From my position, Reynolds was correct, but he must remain composed and focused in order to set a good example for his team.

Scout report: Who stood out?

Luke Griffiths

Griffiths played in the centre of the park and made everything tick for the Reds. Without him, it’s hard to see how they could dominate possession. His ball control, passing accuracy and footballing IQ set him apart from every other player on the pitch.

Craig Carney

Carney is a joy to watch. Finding acres of space on the right side of the field allowed him to be one of FC Utd’s most dangerous players. His ability to storm down the wing, whether defenders are there to stop him or not, makes him one of the best full-backs to watch live. He found himself in both crossing and shooting opportunities and was unfortunate to not come away with more. For myself, he was Man of the Match.

Patrick Wharton

The FC Utd goalkeeper deserves a special mention for his double save after the Reds conceded a very suspect penalty. He also pulled off the odd good save in a game where he wasn’t entirely busy.

Overall

In my opinion, FC Utd deserved to win this game. They played some amazing football, looked good as a squad and challenged Hyde Utd throughout the 90 minutes. It looks as though they need an imposing striker who can be an aerial threat and well as a hold-up player to slide the ball into the wingers.

Two Stand Out Players For FC United next season

Even though Neil Reynolds’ FC United side were relegated at the end of last season, they still remain hopeful. Today the Football Manc Cave picks out two players you should look out for in the upcoming season.

FC United have been busy recruiting this summer, not only for their first team but their women’s team too. This suggests that the club is determined and motivated to do well as a whole. The first team have managed to put on a good display of football in their pre-season campaign.

Throughout pre-season, they’ve managed to create some good football and goals from set-pieces, showing their training pays off. We’ve picked out to stand out players that should play a big part in FC United’s season.

Charlie Ennis

Also known as, Paul Charlie Ennis. He’s played for Buxton, Stalybridge and Celtic previous to joining FC United. The 29-year-old rose from youth to senior level at Stockport County before he decided to move on. He recently signed for his new club in May from Ashton United and has already made his mark. In the pre-season friendly against Chester, he managed to bag two goals. If pre-season is anything to go by, he should impress in the league.

Jack Lenehan

Another player who joined FC United in May. The midfielder has joined the club with Brian Richardson who is now the clubs assistant manager. He’s joined the club from Prescot Cables and is excited to get started. The comfortable centre midfielder was a part of the squad that beat Chester and will be out to drive the club to wins over the course of the season.

Two players that must start for FC United today as they continue to impress

FC United has two pre-season friendlies left before a big season ahead, where they hope to regain a position in the National League North.

FC United of Manchester achieved promotion to the National League North after a triumphantly winning the Northern Premier League in 2015. In the sixth tier of English Football, FCUM remained for four years, floating around the 15th place position.

Last season was a nightmare, however. FC Utd finished second to last, winning only one home game all season and conceding 82 goals. The relegation survival race was not an intense one. Nuneaton, FC Utd and Ashton were all more than nine from remaining in the division.

However, with signs of both strengths and weaknesses during their current pre-season, an up-to-scratch FC Utd could storm right back into the National League North.

FC United recently played against Chester, a team who are comfortable and strong in the league about. FC United dominated and won 4-1. Despite being a friendly, it still holds true that this FC Utd squad have potential in the league above they currently find themselves in. The club retweeted the following tweet about the game, by in impressed fan:

“Superb recruitment this summer. I can’t wait for the season to start after watching that last night! FC UNITED are back!!!”

Two players stood out in this game and should be involved against Runcorn Linnets in order to maintain fantastic form before a big comeback season…

Charlie Ennis

Apart from bagging a double in the 4-1 win over Chester, Charlie Ennis is the driving force in this team. He is involved in almost every attack and is lethal around the edge of the box. Capable of finding a teammate or having a pop himself, as well as showing how clinical he can be in front of goal, expect a tonne of goals and assists from the number 7 in the upcoming season.

Paddy Wharton

19-year-old Goalkeeper Paddy Wharton is a recent acquisition for FC Utd. Previously of EFL League One Tranmere Rovers, he spent some time on loan in the lower tiers of English football.

Although untested for many minutes, he was successful on the occasions he was called into action, bar the one goal. This shows signs of a very alert goalkeeper. At only 19 years of age and part of a club like Tranmere, FC Utd should allow this keeper to grow during a season that shouldn’t see them concede as many goals as their last.

Round table prediction: Where FC United, Radcliffe Boro and Ashton Utd will finish

Where do we think FC United, Radcliffe and Aston United will finish in the Northern Premier League.

Today, the writers here at Football Manc Cave looked at all the teams we cover and predicted, where we thought they would finish in each of their leagues.

We cover teams that are in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues 1&2 and non-league teams. Which makes it harder to quickly think about this, however, we have an average result based on all of our predictions for Ashton United, FC United and Radcliffe who are all in the Northern Premier League.

Radcliffe Boro’

We had to consider that Radcliffe was promoted at the end of last season to the Northern Premier League, after finishing 2nd in division one west. On average, we have put them as finishing 9th next season. I predicted they would finish lower down but after looking at all our guesses, it seems the majority think they will have a good league campaign.

FC United

This club was relegated from the National League North last season after finishing 21st out of 22nd teams. Even though they were relegated, here at the Manc Cave, we think they’ll have a great season. I predicted they would finish 5th and it seems that we are nearly agreed because collectively, our results came out as FC United finishing 3rd.

Ashton United

Another team that ended up being relegated into the Northern Premier League last season. They managed to finish one place higher than FC United though, 20th out of the 22 teams. This was a factor that made me predict that Ashton would secure 3rd place in their new League campaign and collectively, we all have averaged out at again, placing them 3rd overall next season. So according to all of us, the Northern Premier League will have a battle of the United’s for third place.

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