Non-league Matters: International break can’t stop Greater Manchester clubs battling on

By Matt Davies

With Manchester’s non-league clubs back in league action after a round of FA Cup games, MM takes a look at what lies in store this weekend.

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Hyde v Tamworth

Bottom club Hyde welcome Tamworth to Ewen Fields with the Tigers currently six points from safety in the Blue Square Bet Conference.

The game kicks off at 6.30pm as part of the Cheshire Ground Hop and the joint lowest scorers in the division are looking to add to their tally of just seven points so far this season.

Hyde are without a win in five, and lost 3-0 against Kidderminster Harriers last time out, while Tamworth have won five of seven games on the road so far this season.

Adam Cunnington is the league top scorer with 11 and has four in his last three games for the Lambs.

Stockport County v Kidderminster Harriers

Stockport County host Kidderminster Harriers at 3.30pm looking to bounce back from Wednesday evenings 3-2 defeat to high flying Wrexham.

County had been unbeaten in four prior to midweek and can be boosted by the fact skipper Joe Connor has been nominated for Non-League Player of the Year at the forthcoming Northwest football awards.

The Harriers are unbeaten in nine and sit two places above the drop zone while Ryan Rowe has netted six goals in his last four outings.

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Corby Town v Altrincham

Altrincham make their sixth away trip in the last seven games when they travel to Steel Park to face Corby Town.

Alty won 2-0 against Leek in the FA Cup last weekend and will be looking to close the five point gap between themselves and Worcester in sixth.

The Greater Manchester side are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions and striker Damian Reeves already has 13 league goals to his name this campaign.

Reeves has been nominated for Non-League Player of the Year and team-mate Sam Grimshaw has been put forwards in the Rising Stars category of the Northwest Football Awards to be held in mid-November.

Corby have won the last four matches at home since new manager Chris Plummer took over and will be looking to edge further away from the relegation zone.

Gainsborough Trinity v Droylsden

Droylsden travel to Gainsborough Trinity looking to make amends for Wednesday night’s 5-0 defeat to Corby.

The Bloods have just seven points so far this season and have lost five of the last six while Trinity have 12 points from nine games, winning three and losing three.

Gainsborough are unbeaten in three and Darryn Stamp has netted in three of his last four games.

Worcester v Stalybridge Celtic

Stalybridge visit Worcester with the home side sitting five points and two places above them in the table.

Celtic have lost two on the bounce in the league, and three of the last four but are boosted by Jack Laird’s goal scoring form, with the forward having found the target six times in his last six games.

The Loyal’s have lost just once in the league this season and are unbeaten in three, and will be looking for another win as they chase the leading pack.

Other Non-League action

In the Evo-Stik Premier division FC United travel to AFC Fylde on the back of last weekend’s cup heroics looking to overtake their opposition in the table.

Curzon Ashton host Banker Bridge and Ashton United make the trip to Hednesford Town.

Trafford host Ossett Town at Shawe view looking to bounce back from Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat to Clitheroe.

Radcliffe Borough travel to Cammell Laird and Mossley will be looking to build on their midweek 3-2 Manchester Premier Cup win over FC United when they visit Garforth Town.

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