Non-league Matters: Stockport County score late FA Trophy equaliser while Altrincham grab win

By John McDougall & Ross McLean

Cup football returned for Stockport County this weekend and there was plenty of other league action for the rest of Greater Manchester’s non-league sides.

Connor Jennings scored an 88th minute equaliser for Stockport County in their 1-1 draw against Southport at Edgeley Park in the FA Trophy.

The late strike from the Scunthorpe loanee cancelled out Karl Ledsham’s first minute effort, with the replay arranged for this Tuesday at Haig Avenue.

Manchester’s other Blue Square Bet Premier side, Hyde FC, were not in league or cup action this weekend.

In the Blue Square Bet North, Altrincham earned a 1-0 victory over high-flying Brackley Town at St James Park.

Robins hot-shot striker Damian Reeves scored his 24th goal of the season on 23 minutes, the win keeping them in tenth place.

Droylsden meanwhile were thrashed 5-1 by Boston United atYork Street.

Steve Hall gave the Bloods a 24th minute lead, but Carlos Logan failed to their extend lead after Dan Haystead saved his penalty.

The Pilgrims equalised through Spencer Weir-Daley on 32 minutes, before a 37th minute Mark Jones strike and a 45th minute Marc Newsham effort gaveBoston a 3-1 half-time lead.

Newsham scored his second of the game on 63 minutes, before James Reed’s 83rd minute deflected effort topped off a miserable day for Droylsden.

The heavy defeat leaves the Bloods in 20th place as their relegation dogfight continues.

Stalybridge Celtic fared little better, going down 4-1 to Workington at Bower Fold and keeping them in 15th place.

The Reds took the lead thanks to a 40th minute Joe Mwasile goal, before Jack Laird equalised for Celtic on the stroke of half-time.

Gareth Arnison restored Workington’s lead on 53 minutes, before a 72nd minute David Hewson strike and a second Mwasile goal in injury time ensured victory.

The non-league world was beset by postponements due to the inclement weather this weekend although both FC Untied of Manchester and Ashton United had games.

The Robins perhaps wish their game had fallen foul to the elements after suffering a heavy defeat at fellow-promotion hopefulsWorksopTown.

Danny Johnson’s side ultimately shipped five goals after Matthew Barlow had drawn his side level shortly after half-time.

FC Untied fared rather better as a late Matthew Wolfenden strike secured maximum points againstGranthamTown.

The Red Rebels are eighth in the Evo-Stik Premier Division but are only a handful of points behind a cluster of teams currently above them in the standings.

Evo-Stik League Division One (North) leaders Mossley are now winless in their last three league games after a 2-2 draw at Irongate againstBamberBridge.

Although the Lilywhites’ lead at the summit is temporarily extended with this point, it is surely only a matter of time before Skelmersdale United assume pole position.

Skem were in FA Trophy action and now find themselves two points behind Steve Halford’s men with five games in hand, although Tommy Lawson will be mindful of fixture pile-up.

The only other game involving Greater Manchester teams to survive the weather this weekend was atStaintonParkwhere a second-half Tom Brooks strike saw Radcliffe Borough defeat Prescot Cables.

Ramsbottom United, Curzon Ashton,SalfordCity, New Mills and Trafford all saw their respective games postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

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