Updated: Monday, 20th January 2020 @ 2:08pm

Non-league Matters: Hyde beat Stockport County as Greater Manchester clubs meet

Non-league Matters: Hyde beat Stockport County as Greater Manchester clubs meet

By John McDougall & Ross McLean

Despite the poor weather still affecting some games, many of Greater Manchester’s non-league sides took part in an eventful Boxing Day fixture list.

In the Blue Square Bet Premier, Hyde beat Stockport County 2-0 at Edgeley Park in the Greater Manchester derby.

A tenth minute Adam Griffin header and a 20th minute Chris Sedgwick strike gave the Tigers victory over the Hatters.

The result means Hyde jump to 12th place, while Stockport drop from 20th and into the relegation zone.

The next round of fixtures on December 29 sees Hyde away at Southport, while Jim Gannon’s Stockport will entertain AFC Telford at Edgeley Park.

Another Greater Manchester derby played out at Bower Fold in the Blue Square Bet North, as Stalybridge Celtic and Altrincham played out a 2-2 draw.

Jack Laird opened the scoring to give Celtic the lead in the first minute, before Duncan Watmore equalised for the Robins on 22 minutes.

Watmore scored his second to give Altrincham a 50th minute lead, but Laird replied for Stalybridge on the hour to share the points between the two sides.

The draw means Celtic stay in 13th place, while Altrincham go up a place into ninth.

Stalybridge’s next encounter is against Bradfield Park Avenue at home while Altrincham face an away trip to Histon.

Droylsden meanwhile had a miserable day at the office as they were thumped 5-0 by high-flying Chester FC at the Deva Stadium.

Chester led 3-0 at half-time thanks to a second minute goal from Wes Baynes, a 20th minute strike from Antoni Sarcevic and a 37th minute effort from Marc Williams.

The Blues added a fourth after the break through Ben Mills, before on-loan Rochdale striker Craig Curran scored a fifth on 77 minutes to complete the rout.

The heavy defeat leaves the Bloods in 21st place, as they look forward to their next game against Harrogate Town at Wetherby Road.

Heavy rainfall again interrupted the programme in the Evo-Stik League with a number of games falling victim to the weather.

FC United of Manchester have issued an apology to supporters after their Boxing Day clash with Witton Albion was called off after ten minutes.

Despite the match referee declaring the pitch at Gigg Lane fit to play just before kick-off, the Evo-Stik Premier Division fixture was abandoned with Witton Albion leading 1-0.

With rain threatening the fixture, Red Rebels manager Karl Marginson and counterpart Brian Pritchard agreed with the match officials to proceed with the game, with contingency plans to reimburse fans.

In a statement, FC United have confirmed that supporters were handed ticket vouchers for the rearranged fixture on leaving the ground while a full refund is also available.

Ashton United’s fixture at The Weaver Stadium against Nantwich Town did not get this far and was postponed earlier in the day due to a waterlogged pitch.

There was better luck in Evo-Stik League Division One (North) as a number of matches beat the elements.

The biggest crowd of the day packed into Shawbridge to witness Ramsbottom United beat near neighbours Clitheroe in a pulsating festive encounter.

The prolific Lee Gaskell scored a second-half hat-trick after Simon Nangle gave the hosts an interval lead completely against the run of play.

Rammy eventually ran out deserved winners after hitting the woodwork three times in the first-half, as joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley enjoyed their return to Shawbridge.

Garry Vaughan’s Trafford also staged a second-half fightback to dispose of Warrington Town at Shawe View after trailing by two goals at the break.

First-half strikes by Kevin Townson and Phil Mooney gave The Wire a commanding half-time lead.

However, the Flixton-based club mounted a second-half comeback with goals from Paul Ashton, Michael Oates and a Shelton Payne penalty.

Radcliffe Borough and Salford City shared the spoils at Stainton Park as both teams traded blows in the final ten minutes as the game ended 1-1.

Tre Baldwin-Willis gave the visitors the lead with only eight minutes remaining only former Simon Carden to equalise two minutes later.

The matches at the Tameside Stadium between Curzon Ashton and Mossley and Church Lane between New Mills and Ossett Albion were both postponed.

The fixtures come thick and fast at this time of year and there is a full programme this coming Saturday.

In the Premier Division, FC Untied host Ilkeston while Ashton United head to the north-east to play Blyth Spartans.

In division one, league leaders Mossley head to the Ribble Valley where old adversaries Clitheroe lie in wait, eager to make amends for their Boxing Day humbling.

Curzon Ashton host Warrington Town, Salford City head to Goole, New Mills entertain Wakefield while Radcliffe Borough are at home to basement boys Garforth Town.

Elsewhere, there is a tasty fixture inWest Lancashire as Ramsbottom United take their impressive away form to high-flying Skelmersdale United.

Image courtesy of Stockport County, via YouTube, with thanks.

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