Non-league Matters: FC United eye upset against Hereford full-timers to make FA Cup first round proper

By Matt Davies

With a massive weekend of non-League FA Cup and league action looming, Mancunian Matters takes a look at what’s happening around Manchester.

FA CUP 4th Qualifying Round

FC United of Manchester v Hereford United

FC United host Conference side Hereford at Gigg Lane looking to progress into the first round proper.

Karl Marginson’s men will be hoping for a repeat of 2010 when the United knocked out League One side Rochdale before losing out to eventual League One champions Brighton in a second round replay.

The Red Rebel’s lost 4-2 away at AFC Fylde last weekend and sit in 12th position in the Evo-Stik North, although they have several games in hand on the sides above them.

Hereford are without a win in five, and have drawn the last two games 0-0 leaving them in 14th position going in to this encounter.

Marlon Jackson and Ryan Bowman both have four goals to their name and will pose the main threat for The Bulls.

Stockport County v Stalybridge Celtic

Stockport County host Stalybridge Celtic at Edgeley Park, with Jim Gannon’s side 11th in the Conference having won five and lost five of their 15 games so far.

The Hatters beat Kidderminster Harriers 1-0 last weekend and have won three of the last four while striker Danny Hattersley has three in his last five league outings.

In-form forward Craig Hobson previously played for Celtic before switching clubs this summer.

Stalybridge closed the gap on Worcester above them last week, coming from behind to claim a 2-1 win.

Celtic have won just two of the last five in the league, but will be hoping to replicate the sort of performance that saw them defeat Whitby Town in the last round.

Hyde v Harrogate Town

Hyde host Harrogate of the BSB North, on the back of over-coming Tamworth 2-1 last time out.

Phil Jevons bagged a brace, bring his tally to seven for the season but Hyde remain bottom of the Conference, with two wins from 14 games.

Harrogate overcame high-flying Brackley 6-1 last weekend, but sit in tenth place with 15 points so far this campaign.

Paul Beasley has scored three in his last two games, and has eight for the season alongside Chib Chilaka.

Hyde won the last encounter 3-0 on their way to clinching promotion last season.

Boston United v Altrincham

Altrincham travel to fellow BSB North side Boston United looking to extend an unbeaten run of eight games in all competitions.

Alty led 5-0 at the break against Corby last week-end before eventually coming out 5-2 winners with top scorer Damian Reeves scoring a brace, and missing a penalty.

Boston have won five and lost five of their ten league games this season and have two points fewer than their visitors.

United won 2-1 at Halifax last time out and have won five of the last six in all competitions.

In 64 games between the sides, Alty have won 23 and lost 20, including winning 6-1 when the sides met at Moss Lane last season.

The fixture at The Jakemans Stadium was a tighter affair, finishing 1-1.

BSB Conference North

Droylsden v Histon

Droylsden host Histon in an early season six-pointer with both sides currently in the relegation zone.

The Bloods have conceded eight without scoring in their last two matches and have one win in the last seven league games.

They boast the league’s joint worst defence, having conceded 30 already this season, but the club have extended the loan of young Burnley centre-back Alex Coleman by two months this week.

Histon sit in 20th position, one place, and three points above The Bloods and are the second lowest scorers in the division after bottom placed Hinckley.

Last weekend’s 2-0 win at Vauxhall Motors ended a run of four defeats in a row for Dennis Greene’s Stutes.

The best of the rest

Ashton United are without a game this weekend but play Kendal Town on Tuesday evening.

In Evo-Stik League Division One (North), there is a Greater Manchester derby as Salford City entertain Mossley.

Steve Halford’s side remain top of the league despite losing at home in midweek to Skelmersdale United, who trail the Lilywhites by four points with four games in hand.

The Ammies are 8th with a healthy tally of seventeen points from their eight games and are fresh from a midweek Manchester Premier Cup win over Radcliffe Borough.

Curzon Ashton, also through to the next round of the cup after a comfortable victory against Glossop North End, are the latest side to have a crack at Tommy Lawson’s Skem.

The Tameside club are currently adrift in mid-table but like their West Lancashire opponents have games in hand.

Ramsbottom United thrashed bottom club Garforth Town in midweek, with Lee Gaskell bagging a hat-trick and face an improving Wakefield side who have won two on the bounce.

Trafford host Radcliffe Borough at Shawe View in another all-Manchester tussle.

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