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Non-League Round-Up: FC United, Radcliffe, Ashton Utd, Curzon Ashton & Stockport County

The Football Manc Cave is looking at how FC United, Radcliffe FC, Ashton United, Curzon Ashton and Stockport have been getting on recently.

FC United

After a 2-0 Tuesday night league loss to South Shields. FC United went out on Saturday with the intentions of winning some points and that’s exactly what they managed to do.

They beat Stalybridge Celtic 3-2. This takes them up to 11th in the league on 15 points. Charlie Ennis was one stand out player as he returned from injury to find the back of the net twice and get one assist. This was also a win for him against his former club.

United also managed to excite fans and keep them on their toes as the winner came in the last minute. This is 4 wins out 11 played now for the club.

Radcliffe FC

A 3-0 win over Hyde United takes Radcliffe up to 16th in the league with 8 points. It only took 17 minutes for Liam Ellis to score his first goal for the side and Tyrese Sinclair bagged a penalty. Ollie Martin managed to produce a great save at the end of the game to keep the clean sheet and Rick Smith perfectly timed a header to give Boro’ their third goal.

Boro’s season starts now. They’ve had games postponed for a number of different reasons but when they get chance to play, they can produce.

Ashton United

Ashton faced Spennymoor Town in the FA Cup third Qualifying Round. In the first half, fans were satisfied with their team’s performance as they managed to turn things around. After going 1-0 down, they ended up 2-1 up. Casian Anghel grabbed both goals but unfortunately, Ashton was hit with what fans are calling a reality check in the second half as they ended up losing 6-2.

Curzon Ashton

The Nash didn’t have a game this weekend because they are in action this evening against Wythenshawe Town in the Manchester FA Premier Cup at 7.45 pm. Curzon needs to be more focused on the league as they currently sit 19th on 9 points and their last home game ended in a 2-1 defeat to Farsley Celtic. Maybe this game will give some other players some time.

Stockport County

Stockport managed their first point in 5 games on Saturday as they drew with Sutton United 0-0. They’ve had a disappointing month as Jim Gannon’s side were doing quite well up until a few weeks ago, which has seen them slip down the league to 17th.

Fans are calling for the club to just put September behind them and move on because it was a bad month for the Hatters. Hopefully, this is the start of a month that will see them turn it around and come out on top.

These 2 new signings have to start for Radcliffe in the season opener

Radcliffe starts their season in the Northern Premier League this Saturday against South Shields. The Football Manc Cave is giving a glimpse into how Radcliffe could line up and more.

Pre-Season

Radcliffe have had a pretty interesting pre-season campaign and I got to see two of the games. They lost against Bury 3-1. They also managed a draw with Leicester’s youngsters, 1-1. The Bury game showed some good first-half football form the Boro’ lads, and a goal from Ben Wharton was what saw them look like they might have a chance. Only the second half stood in their way when Bury produced some quality football. There was a little scuffle in the first half involving Rick Smith which made me keep an eye on him in their next game.

The Leicester friendly was certainly not very friendly as a Leicester player apparently spat in a Radcliffe player’s face. This resulted in him and Danny Mitchley being sent off. This was only in the first couple of minutes and it resulted in a huge delay as managers called the referee over to explain his decisions. Shortly after, the ref was calling his linesmen to follow him in walking off the pitch as he didn’t want to take control of the game. It was fans that convinced the officials to rethink and Rick Smith has a quick and quiet word that saw the game go on. Smith also was rewarded with a goal and there was some good football from Boro.

Players

With Dan Mitchley getting a red card in the last friendly, he will certainly be one to watch throughout the season. He’s a great player, just needs to stay out of trouble. Rick Smith and Scott Metcalfe are two other players that can be a bit mouthy with referees so they need to keep quiet and play on. Ben Wharton is a key goal scorer for Radcliffe only you can see him getting tired at times throughout games so he gets taken off early from time to time giving someone else a chance.

Line Up

Going off friendly games, this is how Radcliffe could line up…

The ultimate decisions will obviously come down to Jon Macken. Harry Winter is a new player who is looking for a chance. Rick Smith has also dropped to a defensive position during the pre-season friendlies which is a change from his usual midfield position. He has done a brilliant job though and even managed to score in games.

Smith is loud at the back and directs the rest of the team too. Ben Wharton could get replaced with Matthew Wolfenden in the second half of the game if he’s looking tired. Finally, new signing, Olapade may be given a chance as the defence has been left open to speculation as it hasn’t been the same in any of the friendlies.