Updated: Tuesday, 17th September 2019 @ 4:52pm

Non-league Matters: End of FA Cup road for FC United, but Stockport County into first round proper

Non-league Matters: End of FA Cup road for FC United, but Stockport County into first round proper

By John McDougall & Ross McLean

The FA Cup took centre stage in the non-league world this weekend.
 
Stockport County made it into today’s first round televised draw after beating Stalybridge Celtic 5-3 in a remarkable game at Edgeley Park.
 
Craig Hobson gave County a 39th minute lead, which was added to by Danny Whitehead and Danny Rowe in ten minutes of first-half injury time, before Jack Laird added a goal for Celtic before the break.
 
A 59th minute penalty by Sean Newton gave County a 4-1 lead, before Celtic goals from Corey Gregory sandwiched a strike from Sam Sheridan as the game ended 5-3.
 
There will be no repeat of FC United’s cup heroics of 2010 as the Red Rebels lost at home to Hereford United.
 
A win against the Bulls would have been an upset in its own right but two goals from Ryan Bowman extinguished Karl Marginson’s FA Cup adventure for another season.
 
Hyde were unable to hold onto a lead as they drew 1-1 with Blue Square Bet North side Harrogate Town and now face a replay on Tuesday evening.
 
Former Everton striker Phil Jevons gave the Tigers an 8th minute lead which was cancelled out by Leon Osbourne’s 88th minute equaliser.
 
Altrincham booked their place in the next round after a second half comeback at Boston United.
 
Mark Jones gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute, but second half goals from James Lawrie, Jake Moult and Nicky Clee gave the Robins victory.
 
Droyslden were in league action and scored a last-gasp equaliser at home in a 2-2 draw against Histon in the Blue Square Bet North.
 
Carlos Logan gave the Bloods a 5th minute lead, before a 29th minute Jim Stevenson penalty and a an Adrian Sear goal gave Histon the advantage.
 
Nathaniel Kerr popped up with a 90th minute equaliser for Droylsden to give them a precious point.
 
In Evo-Stik League Division One (North), Mossley returned to winning ways with victory at Salford City’s Moor Lane with Kayde Coppin and Sam Madeley again on target.
 
Curzon Ashton led twice at Skelmersdale United and were seconds away from ending the West Lancashire club’s 100 per cent start to the league campaign.
 
The prolific Kristian Dennis twice gave Curzon the lead but Blues’ hearts were broken as Josh Hine scored a 90th minute winner for Tommy Lawson’s men.
 
Ramsbottom United’s staged a second-half comeback at Wakefield to continue their impressive recent form.
 
For the first time in three matches, dynamic strike duo Lee Gaskell and Jon Robinson failed to find the net.
 
After a couple of sedate weeks by their standards, Trafford again hit the goal trail with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Radcliffe Borough at Shawe View.
 
Shelton Payne bagged a first-half hat-trick as Garry Vaughan’s men shot out of the blocks and were three goals to the good in the opening six minutes.
 
There are a number of midweek fixtures this week.
 
FC United will hope there is no FA Cup hangover as they travel to North Ferriby United on Tuesday evening.
 
Ashton United, without a game this weekend, head to Kendal Town on the same night.
 
There is a full programme of midweek fixtures in Evo-Stik League Division One (North).
 
Curzon Ashton, Ramsbottom United and Mossley also face trips to Yorkshire as they face Farsley, Harrogate Railway Athletic and Wakefield respectively.
 
Radcliffe Borough travel to Lancaster City while Trafford host Burscough and Salford City entertain Clitheroe.
 
All these fixtures take place on Tuesday night.

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