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Haughton Green shop targeted by armed robbers

Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:27:53 +0000

The McColls shop in Haughton Green was the victim of an armed robbery last night (21 January).

It happened just after 9pm when two men, one armed with a knife entered the store.

They threatened members of staff working there and demanded cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene.

Staff were understandably left shaken and no arrests gave yet been made in connection with the incident.

In a statement Greater Manchester Police said: “We were called just after 9pm to reports that two men had entered the store – one of whom was carrying a knife – and threatened the members of staff working in the store. The pair stole a quantity of cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene.

“No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.”

Mossley 10k returns for sixth successive year

Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:44:59 +0000

Entries are now open for this year’s Mossley 10k.

Entering it’s sixth successive year, the event is taking place on Sunday, July 14 from 10am.

The race, which starts and finishes at Mossley AFC’s Seel Park ground, with ‘Grandstand Views’ for spectators, is an undulating and picturesque course and takes runners from Upper Mossley, around Lower Mossley and Greenfield with beautiful views of the stunning, countryside around Mossley and Saddleworth.

Entry has been priced at £17 for unaffiliated runners, and £15 for UK Athletics affiliated members.

All runners must be 15 years old or over.

267 runners took to the streets for last year’s event.

Mossley Running club, which won Club of the Year at the 2017 Pride of Tameside Sports Awards, had 76 members take part on Sunday, while the Hyde Village Striders were also out in force with 11 runners, and the Greenfield Greyhounds had six representatives.

However, it was American-born Evan Holland who crossed the finish line first in 34.12, while Michael Mannings, who represents Oldham and Royton Harriers, came second in 35.13, and Royton Road Runner Rob James placed third after finishing in 36.05.

Meanwhile, Hyde Village Striders’ Vicky Wright retained her crown as the female winner after crossing the line in 39.03. She was trailed by Salford Harriers’ Kate Knox and East Cheshire Harriers’ Hayley Simpson, who finished second and third respectively in the female division.

Picture by Matthew Lofthouse

Plans for 12-bedroom shared house in Denton knocked back

Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:46:11 +0000

Plans to convert a historic Georgian building into a shared house have been refused after a police boss and politicians voiced concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour.

The 19th century townhouse on Stockport Road in Denton has been empty for more than 20 years and has fallen into a bad state of disrepair.

Planning officers at Tameside council had recommended that proposals to turn it into a 12-bed house of multiple occupation (HMO) be approved to restore it and get it back into use.

However Tameside’s Police Superintendent, Denton MP Andrew Gwynne and ward councillor Allison Gwynne had opposed the plans.

The police submission raised concerns that Tameside had seen an increase in HMOs being used by immigration management companies, with one on Fairfield Avenue in Droylsden and another on Manchester Road in Dane Bank.

“These types of properties do tend to increase demand on policing resources and on the resources of other agencies as the residents tend to have complex needs and seemingly very poor support networks,” the superintendent’s report states.

“I would also hold objection to the property being allocated as a residential care home or bail hostel as Denton currently houses three local authority care homes and a number of bail addresses all of which result in additional demand on the local policing team.”

Denton ward councillor Allison Gwynne told the committee she had ‘grave concerns’ about the development of a shared house in that location.

Each of the bedrooms would have had an en-suite bathroom, and communal kitchens and a lounge were planned on the ground and first floors.

However it had been thought that just three car parking spaces would be enough for 12 people living in the property.

Presenting the application, the council’s planning officer said: “The town centre is a highly sustainable location which justifies the reduction in parking spaces.

“It successfully lends itself to conversion in a manner which respects the integrity of the heritage asset.

“The proposals would provide affordable accommodation in an otherwise vacant and underutilised heritage asset.”

He added: “Residents would need to be in employment and subject to robust reference checks.”

However Denton ward councillor Allison Gwynne told the committee she had ‘grave concerns’ about the development of a shared house in that location.

“The police have given a very rare objection on anti-social behaviour grounds to this application, they very rarely submit any kind of commentary on an application,” she said.

“There is no safeguarding of the local community; I would ask that you respect this listed building and the residents around it.”

The police submission raised concerns that Tameside had seen an increase in HMOs being used by immigration management companies

In a statement read out at the meeting, Andrew Gywnne MP said he had severe concerns on the impact on the local area of an HMO of that size.

“The property in question is a prominent listed building in the centre of Denton that forms part of a unique collection of Georgian town houses and should be preserved,” his objection stated.

“I am concerned about the high levels of anti social behaviour and criminality in Denton and I fear that an HMO in the town centre could become a further magnet for anti-social behaviour.

“There are no parking facilities in an already congested town centre.”

Agent for the applicant Kirsty Biden told councillors the building had a ‘troubled history’ and was in a state of structural disrepair, which they aimed to reverse, and possible tenants were carefully selected.

“Infinity Property Investment is committed to developing high quality, practical and affordable accommodation,” she said.

“This proposal fully supports the national planning policy objectives of providing a variety of quality residential accommodation in highly sustainable locations and demonstrates an efficient use for a currently vacant property in desperate need of regeneration.”

Stalybridge South ward Coun Doreen Dickinson said: “I do get quite worried when police put in an objection like this one.

“Stalybridge has an HMO that is the bane of Stalybridge life. 

“Young, professional and employed people will need more than three car parking spaces.”

Denton North East ward Coun Vincent Ricci added: “As a local councillor in the area it does have a problem with anti-social behaviour.

“Only last week we had a bin brought onto the greens of the bowling green that was set alight.

“We’ve got youths running across the shops in the centre of Denton – it’s not going to make it any better.”

A majority of councillors voted to go against officers’ advice and reject the plans, citing over-development and a lack of parking space.

Girls hope to net top title

Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:04:36 +0000

Oldham Netball Club’s Premier One squad maintained their lead at the top of the table with a comprehensive 74-26 victory over Worcester Reds.

The girls have a four point cushion above New Campbell, having won all ten fixtures this season.

Oldham were without a league fixture last weekend, but return to action at seventh-placed Turnford on Sunday.

When the two sides met in the reverse fixture in October, Oldham cruised to a 60-38 victory.

Meanwhile, Tameside’s four-game winning run came to an end at Leeds Athletic.

Leeds entered the game as underdogs but produced a hard-fought performance to win 52-48.

Tameside are back at home in two weeks’ time against New Campbell.

The game, as always, is scheduled to take place at Manchester Metropolitan University, with a 11.30am start.

Syd leaves Celtic

Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:43:27 +0000

Stalybridge Celtic chairman Rob Gorski has announced the departure of long-serving club official Syd White.

Syd, who resigns as the club’s chief operating officer, uploaded the following tweet on Monday evening:

“As most now know I resigned from my position at Celtic over the weekend. I decided last week Marine away would end my, over 15 years association with our club. Thank you most sincerely for the messages and good wishes I’ve been sent. Much appreciated, Syd.”

During his long association with Celtic, Syd held numerous positions and became a real fans’ favourite.

As well securing much-needed revenue for the club, Syd also became the go-to man for pre and post-game entertainment.

Gorski uploaded the following statement to the fans forum: “I am sorry to announce that Syd White has decided to leave Stalybridge Celtic Football Club with immediate effect. 

Syd brought in, as I told him regularly, more sponsorship money than the rest of the board put together. He was always a great entertainer in the lounge, he was the main man to actually fill that lounge and he has been absolutely massive for this club over the years. I did ask Syd to reconsider, but his mind was made up.

I have told Syd that I believe that he is “selling at the bottom” as I believe that with Wendy driving matters, we are going to turn this club around. She has been a breath of fresh air and her positivity needs to continue throughout the club. 

Syd will always, always be welcomed back at Bower Fold and I sincerely wish him the very best in his future career.”

Celtic return to league action this weekend at Buxton. Simon Haworth’s side are currently three places and one point below the Bucks, although the hosts do have two games in hand.

Picture: Syd (Centre)

Bradshaw delights in Curzon victory

Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:52:42 +0000

National League North

Chester 0-1 Curzon Ashton

Curzon extended their unbeaten run in 2019 to four consecutive wins with a 1-0 victory at play-off hopefuls Chester.

The hosts had previously lost just one game at the Swansway Stadium this season, but they surrendered that stat when Oliver Crankshaw finished off a clinical counter-attack in the 76th minute to gift Curzon all three points.

Following the game, manager Mark Bradshaw said he was delighted with the commitment and endeavour of all his players. 

“At half-time we expressed our concerns about not delaying too much on the ball and now allowing them to get close to us to force errors” he said.

“The goal came from an outstanding counter attack. There was a lot of pace and quality decisions – all the things you ask players to do – and they managed to do that perfectly in the moment. Defensively we gave everything. Everybody was outstanding. We asked all the lads, from the strikers back to the defenders, to do a defensive job, and we’ve earnt another victory, so I’m absolutely delighted.”

Curzon are now 10 points above the relegation zone and eight points outside the play-offs. Despite having a good chance to make a late charge on the play-offs, Bradshaw insists he’s looking no further than the next game. He added: “I fully believe that’s what we’ve got. The next game is Darlington at home, and we’ve got to prepare for that. I’ve watched Darlington a couple of times recently, and they’ve got a massive threat. if we work as hard as we did today, and make a few better decisions, then hopefully we’ll keep this positive run going.”

Curzon were under pressure from the very first whistle, with former Curzon midfielder Ben McKenna – who signed for Chester on Friday – shooting just over the bar from the edge of the box. Lewis Wall had a chance to put Curzon ahead, but he forced a great flying save from goalkeeper Grant Shenton. 

After containing Chester’s threats throughout the game, Curzon counter-attacked brilliantly and took the lead in the 76th minute. John McAtee darted towards the Chester box, before squaring the ball to Cranshaw who prodded home into an empty net.

Chester threw bodies forward in search of an equaliser, but Curzon survived the late onslaugh and recorded a fourth consecutive victory. 

Picture by Elena Longshaw

Weekend Review: Ashton Rugby Club

Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:21:42 +0000

Ashton 1s 21-17 Bury 1s

Ashton have won their third league game in a row lifting them to sixth in the ADM Lancs First Division.

Tries from Travis Powell and a first for Josh Fish, plus three penalties and a conversion from Tom Costello gave the hosts victory.


Ashton 2s 14-19 Marple 2s


Recovering from a tough first half conceding three tries and down 0-19, Ashton’s youngsters, which included 13 players under 20 years of age, responded with tries from Isaac Kelett and Joel Pearson, while Ryan Reidsma added two conversions. Despite Ashton’s resolve, Marple held out for the win.


Glossop Colts 14-10 Ashton Colts

A  close local derby lived up to expectations following Ashton’s 17-13 win at home.  Glossop scored first for 7-0, Krystian Wieteska scrambled over to narrow it to 7-5 at HT. Unfortunately too many penalties were given away for the game to get much rhythm going, but Glossop’s scrum pressure resulted in a further try converted for a 14-5 lead. Ashton were stung into action and Callum Taylor powered his way to the line again, reducing the gap to 14-10. Unfortunately for Ashton, they were unable to break down Glossop’s defence, and the score remained the same until the final whistle.

Ashton return Gambrel Bank on Sunday and face second place Kendal, who have a game in hand.


Aldwinians U15s 42-12 Ashton U14s

Charlie Rigby and Tom Ainsworth claimed tries, while CJ Garner converted one.


Burnage U12s 6-13 Ashton U12s


Ethan Sykes (2), Josh Tinsley (3), Declan Healy (6) , Leighton Parker and Georgie Price got the tries.


Burnage U10s 2-5 Ashton U10s


Kendal Grayson (2), Dylan Roberts, Kayden Murray and Harry Fox touched down.

By Allen Bower

Howzat for a cricket course?

Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:09:24 +0000

Budding cricketers are being given the chance to hone their skills on a 10-week course at West Hill School from Saturday, February 9.

Organised by the Tameside Cricket Development Group and conducted by ECB coaches, the course is aimed at boys and girls aged 7-13.

Each session, which will take place from 10.30-12pm, has been priced at £3 per person.

For more information, contact David Bardsley on 07778685726

Roughyeds retain Law Cup

Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:07:12 +0000

Great team spirit, top work ethic, subtle skills and individual expertise were the hallmarks of our 24-8 win against derby rivals Rochdale Hornets in a typically hard-fought Law Cup clash at the Vestacare Stadium.

Having won 24-10 at Barrow and 24-8 at home against another 2019 Championship side, Scott Naylor’s new-look squad couldn’t possibly have done more to get local rugby league fans talking about this Oldham squad ahead of the forthcoming Betfred League 1 campaign.

They still have to take on Swinton Lions at Heywood Road next Sunday and Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, February 3 to complete their warm-up programme, but so far so good; the signs are extremely encouraging.

Said head coach Scott Naylor: “I’m very pleased indeed. In a game like this, where the Law Cup is at stake in a clash of derby rivals, the result is everything.
“The importance of that result for the two clubs and for rival sets of fans cannot be over-estimated.

“And for us to perform like that against a Championship side was hugely encouraging. I thought that, in many ways, we were better than we were at Barrow. We looked more like a team than last week and that’s saying a lot because we didn’t do so bad at Barrow.

“The new lads again showed they are fitting in really well and it was nice to win the cup and to give our fans the local bragging rights for another year.

“Individually, there were a lot of good performances. I’ve been trying to get hold of Richie Hawkyard for the past four years and now we’ve finally done it people will see why.

“But I also thought Emerson Whittel did especially well in his first game. He hasn’t played a lot of rugby recently but to come back like that showed he is a player of real quality.

“There were lots of other individual positives too, but the main thing was the teamwork and the obvious togetherness of the group and we have to keep it together and keep on getting better as we head towards the start of the league campaign on February 17.”

In their two games so far, both against Championship opposition, Roughyeds have scored nine tries and conceded four — three of them from kicks and the other from an Oldham breakdown.

At the post-match presentations, Gareth Owen stepped forward to receive the Law Cup from club official Anne Kearns after Richie Hawkyard had been presented with his Oldham RL Heritage Trust Trophy as man-of-the-match by Sheila Somerville of ORSA.

The squad then posed for pictures with the trophies before heading off towards the tunnel where they were greeted with rapturous applause by Roughyeds supporters gathered at that end of the ground.

By Roger Halstead

REVIEW: Hyde, Oldham and District Sunday League

Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:58:22 +0000

Reporter Cup

Crown FC 1 – 1 Sun Inn

Shawdale FC 3 – 4 Horseshoe FC

Jack Stone Cup

Royton Athletic 2 – 2 Roe Cross

Shaw FC 4 – 9 Brushes Rangers


The game of the day saw the two form teams of the league meet at Heyside playing field for a cup game between Shawdale and Horseshoe. The teams shared nine goals but only two scorers with Ashley Ainsworth netting four for Horseshoe and Ben Durrant netting a hat-trick for Shawdale.

Boosted by the hill and wind, Horseshoe raced into a 4-1 half-time lead. Shawdale then came back in the second half and Ben Durrant was stopped from claiming a point for Shawdale – and his fourth goal of the game – by a stunning save in injury time from Chris Simpson in the Horseshoe goal.

By Stephen Diggle

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