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

Here’s this weekend’s action from Stockport, Ashton, Curzon Ashton, FC United and Radcliffe…

Stockport County

Jim Gannon’s side played York City in the fourth FA Cup qualifying round.

Unfortunately, the Hatters lost 2-0 and will not go any further in the competition. However, it does give them a chance to focus on the league and getting some points.

Stockport’s fixture against Dagenham and Redbridge was postponed earlier this month. This has now been rearranged for Saturday the 9th of November.

Curzon Ashton

The Nash didn’t have a game this weekend due to the FA Cup qualifying rounds. They were supposed to face Gateshead.

However, they had a cup tie which left Curzon without a game. This has been rearranged for Tuesday the 5th of November at 7.45.

Ashton United

Ashton faced Gainsborough Trinity football club in the Northern Premier League.

Just before half time, Ashton went 1-0 up from a Havern header. As they came out for the second half, Wilson headed another one home. Jordan’s Slew then made it 3-0 to the Robins.

Gainsborough was awarded with a penalty in the 73rd minute and scored. However, it wasn’t enough and Curzon took all 3 points.

FC United of Manchester

FC United travelled to Atherton Collieries and after 4 minutes, they went 1-0 down.

After 30 minutes, FC United’s Tunde Owolabi manages to get the equaliser. Eight minutes later and Michael Potts put them 2-1 up.

Just before half time, Atherton unfortunately equalised. Regan Linney soon came and saved the day for FC United in the second half. He managed to make it 3-2 and FC took all 3 points.

Radcliffe

It was a busy weekend at the Neuven Stadium.

Liam Ellis managed to score against Matlock Town for Radcliffe and this allowed Boro’ to take all 3 points.

The stadium then hosted the Bury XI Legends game this weekend. The game finished 6-6 with a sell-out crowd.

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.

Stockport fans start to plan following point – ‘Keep going Jim you’ll get this right. New faces required right now. Cover for Ash Palmer, attacking midfielder, and a pacey forward and I think we’ve cracked it’

Jim Gannon’s Stockport side have been hunting for some points throughout the whole of September and now The Football Manc Cave is looking at your reactions to their weekend draw with Sutton United.

The Hatters managed a 0-0 draw with Sutton that saw them take their first point in 5 games. They’ve had a poor month but managed to keep a clean sheet and put a better performance on at the weekend. Maybe this is the month they will turn it around.

It’s been really disappointing, as Gannon had done a brilliant job in the opening weeks of the season and County were climbing the league. They now sit at 17th on 18 points. Sutton is one place below them too. While fans were relieved with the point on Saturday, the Twitter account for Stockport has been advertising things like ‘Goal of the Month’ and ‘Player of the Month,’ which has had fans asking if ‘September could just be forgotten about.’

Here are your reactions to the draw…

‘Easy easy easy!!!’ Stockport County taking to life in the National league with ease

Stockport County managed to beat Fylde last night 2-1 at Edgeley Park. Making it 3 wins on the bounce for the Hatters.

They managed to beat Fylde for the first time at Edgeley Park last night and earn 3 points. That makes it 5 wins in 6 for County and fans are ecstatic.

The game was that good for fans that the club asked who they thought the man of the match should have been because there were so many options with such a great performance. Jim Gannon couldn’t help but keep praising his team and the belief they have to do well. The fans couldn’t help but praise their manager.

Here are your reactions…

Photo Credit: Stockport County

This versatile player is the key to a Stockport County win today

Stockport County could be challenging for a high position this season if they can continue their winning streak against Harrogate at Wetherby Road.

The Hatters started their season in a disappointing manner, losing to Maidenhead Utd on the bounce of winning the league and getting promoted the National League. However, in the four games since, Stockport have not lost one. They have drawn twice, though, against the experienced and well-versed opponents Notts County and Yeovil Town.

One or two successive wins for Stockport could see them in the top five of the table. Harrogate and Chesterfield stand in their way, being their next two features. With both sides around the bottom end of the table, Stockport would be naive to consider themselves underdogs in the fixtures.

After Stockport stormed their way into a higher division many wondered if they could they follow suit of their neighbours Salford City, whether the comparison is fair or not. With the results gained so far and the football being played on the pitch, it may not be such a long shot.

Fellow recently promoted Chorley, have not had the same sort of start to the season. Sitting second to last on 3 points, the difference in quality between themselves and Stockport indicate that County will survive this season comfortably. But it looks as though The Hatters will be disappointed with the campaign should they finish in the bottom half of the table.

Player to watch

Most Stockport County fans will agree that one name springs to mind when thinking about who is one to watch in their ever-improving squad. Adam Thomas has 7 goals and 4 assists in his last 13 appearances. In those games, he has featured at right-back, right-wing back, right-wing and centre forward.

This line up will see Stockport County earn 3 points over Eastleigh, agree?

Jim Gannon’s side is trying their best to gain points in the National League and their next chance comes this Saturday against Eastleigh. The Football Manc Cave is looking at the possible line up, both teams last few games and players to look out for.

First 4 Games:

Stockport have done pretty well since they only got promoted last season.

Stockport 0-1 Maidenhead

Notts County 1-1 Stockport

Yeovil Town 1-1 Stockport

Stockport 3-2 Barrow

They’ll be looking to take another three points this weekend, however, they’ll have a hard task with Eastleigh in their sixth season in the National League. They got to the playoffs last season, so if Stockport wants to take anything from this game, they’ll have to work hard.

Eastleigh Form

Eastleigh so far has won against Notts County, 1-0, lost 1-0 to Yeovil, lost again to Barrow, 2-0 and drawn 1-1 with Sutton United. If the Hatters can play at the same standard they did against Barrow, they’ll be in with a chance. Jim Gannon’s side managed to win 3-2 from being 1-0 down.

Line-Up

Frank Mulhern received Man of the Match against Barrow so he will surely be in the line up on Saturday. Jordan Keane found the back of the net so he’ll be guaranteed his position. Adam Thomas also netted the other two goals and will be one to watch for Stockport.

The Hatters will be fighting for three points but even a draw will be an accomplishment from this tough side. Hopefully, Jim Gannon’s side can take the buzz they got from their 3-2 win and take motivation from it.

‘First 3 points, fans were electric we go again Saturday’ Stockport County expect more of the same after the first win

The Football Manc cave is looking at Stockport County fans’ reactions to their first win this season in the National League.

Jim Gannon’s team have been great at holding out for draws, however, fans really wanted to see a win so that it would secure them a few more points. They have managed to win 3-2 against Barrow.

Jim Gannon is glad that his team has started to gel together and now that he’s found a set of players that work well together, fans should expect that same squad to be expected on Saturday. However, we are looking at your opinions towards the first three points that the Hatters have grabbed…

Stockport County needs to start these two players, agree?

Jim Gannon’s Stockport County side has got underway in the National League. Now that fans have an idea of how their team are performing, the Football Manc Cave take a look at 2 players who will make the biggest impact going forward.

The Hatters got an idea of the standard required in the National League as they lost their opening game against Maidenhead United, 1-0. They then managed to grab a draw against Notts County in the week. Before they play Yeovil Town on Saturday, we are picking out two players who should be the key players for Stockport through they season as they are given the chance…

Elliot Osborne

The 23-year-old midfielder had a loan spell with the Hatters in 2017 after Fleetwood sent him out for experience. In 2018, he signed for Southport who also sent him out on loan back to Stockport. He has now signed a two year deal with Jim Gannon’s side.

Osborne has impressed fans, the team and the manager. This has earned him starts this season and I imagine he will be a great influence to assists, goals and the team pushing forward to produce chances.

Jake Kirby

Another player who started his journey with the Hatters after appearing in a loan spell from Tranmere Rovers. He joined the club permanently in 2018 and has been successful ever since. The midfielder started Stockport’s last game along side Osborne and Jim Gannon’s side managed a draw in their new league campaign.

Gannon explores the possibilities of all his players and plays to their advantages while teaching his players to exploit their opponents. We hope Stockport can perform even better on Saturday with these two players in the mix.

Stockport County’s Gannon will have noticed two stand out points from pre-season

With pre-season drawing to a close, The Football Manc Cave is looking at what Stockport County have given us an insight to for the upcoming season.

Their promotion to the National League was an achievement in itself and now Jim Gannon’s side has put on a great display of football in their pre-season campaign. They managed to beat Cheadle Heath 8-0, Stockport Town, 10-0, Curzon Ashton 2-0, draw with Guiseley 2-2, beat Altrincham 2-1 and Oldham Athletic 2-0.

These friendly games often see unexpected results, high scoring games and a series of new players get a chance to shine. The season ahead may be more challenging for the Hatters, however, here are two things that have stood out for Gannon’s side in the summer games.

Goals

They’ve obviously had some high scoring games here and managed to keep clean sheets. If they can try to keep that same form and standard up in the National League, it could determine their place in the table as goal difference will play a huge part.

Some County fans are still trying to get their club to invest in new signings. As the game against Guiseley saw them go 2-0 up only to end up with some sloppy defending that resulted in a draw. Not giving away goals so easy when they’re leading is something Jim Gannon will probably have them working on before the start of the season.

Jake Kirby

The 25-year-old striker has scored quite a few in these friendlies and for that reason, he’s surely one to watch. He’s even got himself the title for the Hatters pre-season leading goal-scorer throughout these friendlies. Kirby was loaned to Stockport in 2015 from Tranmere Rovers. In 11 appearances he managed to bag 4 goals for the Hatters, and when he signed officially in 2018 he found the back of the net 3 times in 20 appearances. Clearly, the striker has blossomed since and I bet he’ll wind up this season as a lead goal-scoring contender.

2 Stockport County players that should play against Guiseley

Stockport County has been out to prove themselves in pre-season friendlies and their game against Guiseley will be no different. The Football Manc Cave looks at two players who should get a look in on Saturday.

Their pre-season games have shown nothing but one-sided wins. They won 8-0 against Cheadle, 10-0 against Stockport Town and 2-0 against Curzon Ashton. Ahead of their Saturday fixture, we are picking out two players who deserve a chance. The starting line ups against Curzon Ashton and Stockport Town were exactly the same apart from the change from Connor Dimaio to Alex Curran.

Pre-season is the chance for players to show that they’re capable of being a part of the squad. It also gives fans and management insight of who should be given a chance in the league. Now that the Hatters have proven themselves in their opening games and won all three so far, maybe Jim Gannon should give someone else a chance to shine…

Ian Ormson

Stockport’s keeper, Ben Hinchliffe has started their past two preseason games so far, Ormson started their game against Cheadle but has been benched since. Yes, it’s a good way to get him warmed up, however, these games should give everyone a chance. This is why I think Ian Ormson could be given a chance in goal against Guiseley.

Nyal Bell

Bell has made appearances in the past two games, only he didn’t start either match. Against Cheadle, he wasn’t even considered as a substitute. He managed to score twice in their friendly against Stockport Town which saw them win 10-0. Even though he’s already had a chance to show what he’s worth, he should get given a chance to start this game.

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