Non-league Matters: Hyde move up table after win at high-flying Newport County

By Ross McLean

Hyde recorded a superb victory at Newport County in the Blue Square Bet Premier, defeating the high-flying Exiles 3-1.
Phil Jevons, Luke Ashworth and Scott Spencer scored the goals which gave Scott McNiven’s side a hugely impressive win and their third in four league outings.
Hyde jump a place to 22nd while Newport’s recent league slump sees them dislodged at the top of the table by Grimsby Town.
The Tigers will hope to carry the momentum from this victory into Tuesday evening’s home league fixture against Alfreton Town.
There were contrasting fortunes elsewhere as Stockport County returned from Warwickshire empty-handed, going down 2-0 at basement side Nuneaton Town.
In the Blue Square Bet North, there was no hangover from Thursday evening’s FA Cup first round exit to Burton Albion as Altrincham trounced a young Hinckley United outfit 8-0.
James Lawrie, Jake Moult, Shaun Densmore (2), Nicky Clee and Duncan Watmore (2) all found the net in the rout.
While victory for the Robins in this fixture was not altogether surprising, the fact Damian Reeves failed to add to his 20-goal haul for the season perhaps was.
There were rumoured to be in excess of 30 scouts watching the prolific marksman during Thursday night’s FA Cup tie.
Droylsden went down 4-1 to FC Halifax Town in West Yorkshire despite a goalless first-half.
Former Crewe Alexandra striker Alex Titchiner scored a second-half hat-trick while former Bloods forward Dale Johnson also hit the target.
James Ellison had headed home to restore parity although jubilations were short-lived as Titchiner’s heroics won the day.
Stalybridge Celtic faced a daunting trip to table-toppers Brackley Town and duly returned pointless after suffering a 4-1 reverse.
Jim Harvey’s side were two goals down early on as Marvin Robinson and Owen Story found the net.
A Mitchell Austin strike, which proved no more than a consolation, interspersed further strikes from Brett Solkhon and Glenn Walker.
Stalybridge host Harrogate Town at Bower Fold on Tuesday evening.
Ashton Unied’s hot streak of form in the Evo-Stik Premier continued with a 3-1 triumph at Whitby Town.
The prolific Aaron Burns found the net twice while former Durham City striker Arjum Purewal was also on target on the North Yorkshire coast.
FC Untied suffered a heavy 4-0 home defeat to Rushall Olympic who overtake Karl Marginson’s side in mid-table.
The Red Rebels have an opportunity to exorcise the ghost of this result when they play host to Marine on Tuesday evening while Ashton United entertain Ilkeston on Wednesday night.
Mossley remain top of Evo-Stik League Division One (North) after dismantling bottom side Garforth Town 7-0 at Seel Park.
Seven different scorers found the net although usual suspects Sam Madeley and Kayde Coppin made the scoresheet.
Curzon Ashton’s indifferent season continues after they failed to build on Monday evening’s home victory over Ossett Albion.
West Lancashire side Burscough left the Tameside Stadium with maximum points after a surprising 5-2 victory despite the Blues taking an early lead through Matthew Purcell.
Michael Oates won the battle of the goalscorers at Shawe View as the 25-year-old notched his 19th of the season as Trafford defeated Ramsbottom United 2-1.
Radcliffe Borough lost narrowly at Skelmersdale United who remain unbeaten and will be eyeing the division’s summit given their games in hand on leaders Mossley.
Salford City await international clearance for the signing of Enoch Burwuah – Mario Balotelli’s brother – although the media attention surrounding the deal failed to inspire the Ammies.
Darren Sheridan’s men went down 2-0 at home to Ossett Town and slip to 10th after initially beginning the season in strong fashion.
Midweek action sees a number of fixtures on Tuesday night, the most eye-catching being Mossley at home to John Flanagan’s Curzon Ashton.
Trafford head to Cammell Laird while Radcliffe Borough entertain high-flying Clitheroe who recorded an impressive victory at New Mills on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Ramsbottom United host Bamber Bridge while Salford City travel to Skelmersdale United.


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