Curzon Ashton will be the sole non league representatives in our region in Monday’s FA Cup second round draw after their late equaliser against Midland League Premier Division side Westfield yesterday.

Westfield took the lead after Craig Jones scored from the penalty spot. Curzon Ashton pushed for an equaliser and got their reward nine minutes from time as a goalmouth scramble saw the ball fall to Adam Morgan whose goal will see a replay a week on Monday for the chance to reach the second round.

Altrincham and Stockport both fell at the First Round Proper Hurdle, Alty to National League high flyers Lincoln City while the Hatters were denied by another National League side Woking at Edgerley Park.

Altrincham, who dropped to the bottom of the Conference North after yesterday’s other results, fell behind after twenty one minutes courtesy of defender Sean Raggett’s headed goal from a corner and a mistake by John Cyrus on the hour mark let in Alan Power to score a second.Cyrus redeemed himself getting a goal back with a quarter of an hour remaining but the Sincil Bank side held on.

Two Jimmy Ball goals were not enough for the Hatters at Edgerley Park as the visitors scored four, two in each half with a Gozie Ugwu double being sandwiched between Joey Jones’ opener for the visitors and a late strike by substitute Fabio Saraiva. 

There was plenty of league action in the Conference North but of all our local sides only Salford City finished the weekend with any points and that was a solitary one as the Ammies were held to a scoreless draw at Moor Lane against a Harrogate Town side who had lost their last five games.

FC United meanwhile went down to the odd goal in five as they entertained Bradford Park Avenue, their third defeat on thetrot while  Stalybridge Celtic crashed 5-0 away at League leaders Flyde thanks in part to a Danny Rowe hat trick and remain adrift in the bottom three.

In the Evo Stik Premier League, Ashton United returned to winning ways with a 3-2 victory at Hurst Park over Mickleover Sports, twice coming from behind with three second half goals.

Down one division and Droylsden won their second conseqetive game in a row at Radcliffe Borough’s Taurus Park, coming from behind with goals from Adam Farrell and Steve Lewis after Elliot Rokka’s strike on the stroke of half time.

Hyde United had to play the last twenty minutes of their game at Farsley with ten men after a second yellow for Burke.The home side had taken the lead just after half time thru an Aiden Savory header and the Yorkshire team, who went top after this win, scored a second thru Savory again just after the sending off before Khamsuk claimed a late goal for the Tigers.

Two goals from Gareth Seddon either side of half time set Ramsbottom on their way as Mossley crashed at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, while Trafford stretched their unbeaten run to five games in a goalless draw against second placed Scarborough.


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