Non-league Matters: Hyde and Stockport County on the road and back in Blue Square Premier action

By Matt Davies & Ross McLean

Manchester’s Non-League sides embrace league and FA Trophy action this weekend and MM takes a look at what awaits for the Mancunian clubs.

Blue Square Bet Premier

Cambridge United v Hyde

Bottom club Hyde travel to Cambridge United, ahead of Tuesday evenings FA Cup replay with Harrogate Town.

Hyde drew 1-1 last weekend and last Tuesday’s replay was postponed.

Ex-Everton forward Phil Jevons has three in his last two games but Hyde remain rooted to the foot of the BSB Premier despite a 2-1 win against Tamworth in their last league game.

Cambridge have 17 points this season, with four wins and six defeats from 15 games, but are without a win in three, losing two and drawing one.

Strikers Tom Elliot and Michael Gash have 11 goals between them so far this season.

Lincoln City v Stockport County

Stockport County make the journey to Sincil Bank to play Lincoln, following last weekend’s exciting 5-3 win over Stalybridge Celtic.

County have four wins from their last five games, and Jim Gannon’s side are currently 11th in the table with 20 points.

Lincoln are in 20th position with 16 points from 15 games, including eight from the last five in an unbeaten run of four games.

The Imps top scorer is Jamie Taylor with six goals, while midfielder Nicky Nicolau has four.

The sides have met four times since 2010, sharing a win a piece, with both draws coming in the previous encounters at Sincil Bank.

Blue Square Bet Conference North

Droylsden v Colwyn Bay

Droylsden host Colwyn Bay at Butchers Arms looking to improve on their current position of second from bottom in the BSB North.

Nathaniel Kerr came off the bench to rescue a last-gasp point against Histon last weekend, and it was only the fourth league game in which the Bloods have taken points this season.

Droylsden have bolstered their forward line ahead of the tie, with the signing of 25-year-old Michael Bakare on a month’s loan from Premier division Southport FC.

Their visitors currently sit in 15th, with four wins from 11 games and will be buoyed by two consecutive home and away wins at bottom side Hinckley United.

Rob Hopley has three in three games and will be looking to add to that tally against the league’s worst defence.

Solihull Moors v Altrincham

Altrincham travel to Solihull Moors looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat.

Alty progressed in the FA Cup at the weekend but a 2-1 defeat to Workington Town ended a nine game unbeaten run.

Damian Reeves found the net again for his 16th league goal of the season but it proved nothing more than a consolation.

Solihull sit in 18th position on ten points, and two second half strikes were good enough to down high-flying Guiseley last weekend.

The win was the Moors third of the season and the hosts had lost three in a row before last Saturday.

Oxford City v Stalybridge Celtic

Stalybridge visit promotion-chasing Oxford City, returning to league action after last weekend’s 5-3 defeat to fellow Greater Manchester side Stockport County.

Jack Laird scored a brace for Celtic and now has eight goals in all competitions so far this campaign.

Seven of those strikes have come in Celtics last ten games, with six wins and four defeats in that period for Jim Harvey’s men.

City sit in fourth position in BSB North, having won seven of 13 games so far this season, amassing 23 points in the process.

Mike Ford’s side lost 2-1 to Vauxhall Motors last weekend but had recorded their biggest win of the season the week before, and are looking to close the gap on the top three.

Declan Benjamin has six goals so far this season for Oxford.

The best of the rest

The majority of Greater Manchester teams are now out of the FA Cup but the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round provides an alternative road to Wembley.

The tie of the round involving our clubs is arguably at Shawe View as Trafford host Hednesford Town of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Garry Vaughan’s side could only manage a goalless draw at home to Burscough in midweek but have a taste for cup football after excelling in this year’s FA Cup.

FC United travel to Stamford after drawing 1-1 with league leaders North Ferriby United on Tuesday evening.

Ramsbottom United, fresh from winning a fifth game on the spin, head to Stafford Rangers.

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Ashton United took a point at Kendal Town last time out with Aaron Burns bagging a couple and welcome struggling Eastwood Town to Hurst Cross.

Evo-Stik League Division One

After thumping Wakefield 6-1, Mossley top Evo-Stik League Division One North by six points and can extend their lead when they entertain Lancaster City at Seel Park.

Curzon Ashton drew at Farsley in midweek and travel to Goole.

Benny Phillips’ Radcliffe Borough ended a run of three straight defeats with an away point at Lancaster and host Warrington Town at Stainton Park.

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