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Ikrah packs a punch at Taekwondo Championships

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:08:15 +0000

A fitness enthusiast has returned from the British National Taekwondo Championships with a silver medal.

Ikrah, who attends Canon Burrows Church of England Primary School in Ashton, placed second in her category at the prestigious event on Saturday, October 27.

After convincingly beating her opponents in the quarter-finals and semi-final, Ikrah narrowly missed out on the gold medal.

Following her success, the school released the following statement: “We are really proud of her achievements and pleased that she demonstrates our fantastic sporting values in her competitions.”

Such was the impact of Ikrah’s achievement, she was later invited to Tameside Mayor’s Parlour as a guest of Commonwealth Boxing Champion Stacey Copeland.

Stacey, who is currently out of action with an army injury she picked up when winning the Commonwealth title, tweeted: “Thank you to the Civic Mayor of Tameside for inviting me to the Mayor’s Parlour to receive a certificate in recognition of winning the Commonwealth title, even more special to share it with my family and friends. Means a lot to have support from my home town, thank you!”

While out of action, Stacey has been a regular host on BBC Radio Manchester and even presented her own sporting feature on ITV Granada Reports.

FA Trophy draw

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:09:16 +0000

The draw for the FA Trophy third qualifying round has been made.

Entering the competition at this stage are Ashton United and Curzon Ashton, with the former being handed a home tie against Boston United – a team they drew 1-1 with at Hurst Cross at the beginning of November in the National League North– while Curzon will travel to Basford United of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Stalybridge Celtic will host the winner of Workington and Newcastle Town – but only if they win their replay at Buxton on Tuesday night.

Simon Haworth’s side were held to a 0-0 draw at Bower Fold on Saturday, meaning a replay is needed on Tuesday evening at the Silversands Stadium. The game will mark the third time in the space of ten days that the two sides have met.

The third qualifying round ties are scheduled to be played on Saturday, November 24. The winners will receive £5,000.

Here is the draw in full:

1Altrincham v Bradford (Park Avenue)

2 Blyth Spartans v Marske United

3 Alfreton Town v Farsley Celtic or Carlton Town

4 Spennymoor Town v Halesowen Town

5 Stamford v Barwell

6 Hereford v FC United of Manchester

7 Brackley Town v Nuneaton Borough

8 Stratford Town or Mickleover Sports v South Shields

9 Kidderminster Harriers v York City

10 Southport v Chester

11 Leamington v Witton Albion

12 Darlington v AFC Telford United

13 Ashton United v Boston United

14 AFC Mansfield or Pickering Town v Yaxley or Ramsbottom United

15 Basford United v Curzon Ashton

16 Lancaster City v Guiseley

17 Stockport County v Chorley

18 Stalybridge Celtic or Buxton v Newcastle Town or Workington

19 Lewes v Hemel Hempstead Town

20 Chipstead or Bedford Town v Worthing

21 Salisbury v East Thurrock United

22 Dorchester Town v Hungerford Town

23 Slough Town v Weston Super Mare

24 Brentwood Town or Poole Town v Dorking Wanderers

25 Weymouth or Street v St Albans City

26 Concord Rangers v Wealdstone

27 Truro City v Greenwich Borough

28 Chippenham Town v Wingate & Finchley

29 Beaconsfield Town v Leiston

30 Hampton & Richmond Borough v Billericay Town

31 Eastbourne Borough v Dartford

32 Welling United v Dulwich Hamlet

33 Woking v Folkestone Invicta

34 Basingstoke Town v Torquay United

35 Carshalton Athletic v Walton Casuals

36 Royston Town v Needham Market

37 Hayes & Yeading United v Brightlingsea Regent

38 Gloucester City v Biggleswade Town

39 Horsham v Bath City

40 Oxford City v Chelmsford City


Luckless Chaddy denied victory in dying seconds

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:37:49 +0000

North West Counties First Division North

Chadderton 3-3 Bacup Borough



Chadderton were once again denied a much-needed victory in the dying seconds as Bacup scored a last minute penalty to salvage a 3-3 draw.

David Fish’s side fell a goal behind in the 25th minute when Anthony Hall struck for the visitors, however they responded superbly and took a 3-1 lead by the 68th minute through Harry Pratt and a Will Shawcross double.

The hosts were unable to retain the lead as Darcy O’Connor pulled one back in the 78th minute before Hall dispatched a penalty in the 90th minute to claim a share of the points.

Following the game, manager Fish rued his side’s inability to see out games. He tweeted: “Two points dropped yesterday to 90+ minute equaliser. Third time this season, second to a penalty.We need to learn to manage games better.”

The result leaves Chaddy in 16th spot ahead of the midweek fixtures between AFC Blackpool and Holker Old Boys, and Garstang and AFC Liverpool.

Glossop leave it late to salvage draw at Chasetown

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:11:15 +0000

Evo-Stik West

Chasetown 2-2 Glossop North End


After a good result at home to Market Drayton last week and a disappointing but unfortunate penalty shootout Cup exit at Alfreton Town midweek, Peter Band’s Glossop were hopeful of getting a result on the road at fellow strugglers Chasetown.

However they left it worryingly late, coming from two behind to earn a draw through a Matty Russell double in the final ten minutes.

Chasetown found an end product to their first half aerial dominance with a headed goal from a corner on the half hour mark courtesy of Matt Gardner and went on to control the rest of the first half.

What looked to be a decisive second goal came mid way through the second half as George Cater converted a goal mouth scramble that Russ Saunders in the Glossop goal felt he had dealt with.

Glossop captain Matty Russell gave the visitors hope with just over five minutes of normal time to play and then just two minutes later, the same man was given the chance to claim a point for his side from the penalty spot. The skipper converted with confidence and the sides shared the spoils.

Both teams had chances to steal the win late on but a point a piece amid the late drama seems like a fair result.

Report by Culain Wood

Photograph by Steve Dyson

Avro in seventh heaven with Macron Cup massacre

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:58:35 +0000

Macron Cup Second Round

Avro 7-0 Wythenshawe Town


Avro are in seventh heaven after storming to the Macron Cup third round with a pulsating 7-0 victory over Wythenshawe Town at the Vestacare Stadium.

After taking a two goal lead by the half-time break through Kane Wallwork and Jake Pollard, Avro hit the ground running in the second-half and notched another five through Wallwork, Joe bevan, Joe Rathbone, and a Duncan Knott brace.

Victory has been rewarded with a home tie in the next round against Garstang on Saturday, December 8.

On paper, Saturday’s encounter promised to be a tight affair between two sides in brilliant form. However the formbook was torn to shreds, as Avro, who made it three consecutive victories, ran riot against the visitors who are challenging for promotion in the North West Counties First Division South.

After a lively opening to the game, Wallwork put the hosts ahead in the 28th minute with a nice finish from a difficult angle, before Pollard doubled the lead 15 minutes later after dropping his shoulder, turning with the ball and firing past the ‘keeper. The goal took his tally to nine for the season.

The tie was effectively put to bed five minutes into the second-half when Wallwork converted a free-kick to make it 3-0.

Three goals in the space of ten minutes saw Avro take a 6-0 lead by the 72nd minute. Bevan rounded the ‘keeper and finished from close range to take his tally to 12 for the season, before Rathbone nodded home inside the box. Knott hit a beautiful strike from outside the area before the same player capped off a memorable day in added time with his second of the afternoon.

Picture by Mark Hutton


Seagulls fly away from Droylsden with victory

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:10:06 +0000

Evo-Stik West

Droylsden 1-2 Colwyn Bay


Colwyn Bay edged this tight game at the Butchers Arms thanks to two first half goals despite the home team dominating much of the possession.

The Bloods named an unchanged team after their midweek win.

In a first half of few chances, the game changed in five minutes at the end of the half. Blake Robinson put the visitors ahead on 38 minutes after James Barrigan held the ball up at the edge of the area and a minute before half time, Bay doubled their lead, Tom McCready was given far too much room on the edge of the area to fire past Thompson.

Droylsden created few chances despite having much of the possession and were restricted to long range efforts easily dealt with by the Bay defence.

The Bloods bossed the second half bringing on Michael Brewster and Phil Marsh for Clive Smith and Lewis Doyle but could easily have gone three behind when a mix up at the back gifted the ball to Pritchard who pulled his shot badly wide.

Ollie Ford went close, forcing a good save from Coughlin at his near post while a goal bound strike from Luke Daly was deflected for a corner.

The Bloods won a penalty on 67 minutes when Liam Caddick was felled in the area but Gonzales’ low powerful effort was saved by the legs of Coughlin.

Droylsden brought on Levi Philips for Ollie Ford in an effort to break through as the visitors kept everyone behind the ball looking to catch the home team on the break.

Both Gonzales and Caddick saw goal bound efforts blocked by Bay defenders as they continued to press.

And they finally got a goal with four minutes left, Gonzales heading home at the near post from a perfectly weighted Marsh free kick but with the clock ticking down, could not get the much needed equaliser.

By Nigel Barlow

Hyde bow out of FA Trophy

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:01:53 +0000

FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round:

South Shields 2-1 Hyde United


Hyde’s journey in the FA Trophy came to an end in the second qualifying round with a 2-1 defeat at South Shields on Saturday.

The two sides had already faced each other in the league this season, with Hyde running out 4-1 winners at Ewen Fields in October. However, Darren Kelly’s side were unable to build on that victory and instead fell to a 2-1 loss in the north east, thanks to goals from Carl Finnigan and Dillon Morse either side of Jordan Fagbola’s equaliser.

The hosts, who have been formidable at home this season, winning all six league fixtures, took the game to Hyde in the opening stages and opened the scoring in the 12th minute. After jigging his way past two defenders, Finnigan smashed the ball into the bottom corner for his 11th goal of the season.

The Tigers have enjoyed a good run of form recently, recreating the performances which guided them to promotion last season, and so it came as no surprise when they levelled matters in the 24th minute. After Tom Pratt had come close on a number of occasions, the equaliser finally arrived when Fagbola bundled over from close range.

Despite their best efforts to take the lead, Hyde fell behind for the second time in the 32nd minute. Josh Gillies delivered a fantastic cross from the left which was nodded in at the back post by Morse.

Shields had a further two chances to add to their lead before the half-time break, but Nathan Lowe fired wide on both occasions.

The hosts dominated in the opening stages of the second-half, but their efforts were almost undone when Jerome Wright had two chances scrambled off the line.

Pratt continued to cause problems for the Shields’ defence, while Connor Simpson hit wide from outside the box.

The Mariners should have wrapped the game up in the 75th minute, but after finding Peter Crook off his line, Finnigan’s chipped effort failed to beat the ‘keeper.

As the game was entering its dying stages, Hyde had a chances to salvage a draw. However, after finding himself in a good position, Pratt sliced wide of the post, and Shields held out for victory.

Attendance: 1,095

Duki bow out of Cheshire Cup

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:26:17 +0000

Cheshire Cup Third Round

Dukinfield Town 2-2 Newton (Newton win 5-3 on penalties)


Duki Town let slip an early two goal lead to eventually bow out of the Cheshire Cup on penalties. Danny Parkinson and Mitch Andrew netted before the visitors from the Wirral levelled by half time.

Elsewhere, the Development Squad went down 4-1 at Atherton Town, sub Karl Monks scoring.

By Paul Bishop

Weekend Review: Ashton Rugby Club

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:21:06 +0000

Ashton Junior Colts 39-0 West Park St Helens JC

Ashton had won the preliminary League D by eight points, and the only team to beat them in the League travelled to Gambrel Bank to test their 100% home record. The new league started off with a minutes silence to mark Remembrance Day.

Man of the Match Callum Taylor got the first of his four tries on 15 minutes as he handed off the defence to power over for a try converted by Louis Worthington. Aron Lancaster at scrum half went down the blind side on his own 22m line, catching the defence napping and powering forward to touch down in the corner. Callum Taylor added his second with a clean line break and a 50m dash for the line to make it 17-0 at half time, but not before the home side held up strong pressure with Park camped on their line.

The second half started with a rampant Taylor bursting the line again for a try converted by Worthington. Worthington was next to touch down after receiving a fine inside pass from Krstian Wieteska to give him a clear run to the line. Krystian then finished off the scoring with a well taken try. West Park pressured to the end but when Jack Pietsch held them up over the line again it was not to be their day.

Ashton’s U8s and 10s travelled to Broughton Park, with both teams having good games. The U10s claimed 18 tries and the U8s Man of the Match trophy was presented to Adam Longden. Ashton’s U15s Lancashire Cup game v Sefton was postponed until February. There was no Senior Rugby weekend due to international beak. All Junior training will take place at 6pm at St Damiens’ School on Friday. New players are very welcome to give it a try.

By Allen Bower

Celtic settle for FA Trophy replay

Posted on Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:02:41 +0000

Stalybridge Celtic 0-0 Buxton
Att – 409
FA Trophy

A non event of a game will see these two sides meet for a third time in 10 days on Tuesday night as they battle to get into the next round of the FA Trophy. Following a 1-1 draw in the league last week, these two sides couldn’t be split yet again. In truth Buxton seemed like they came to Bower Fold for a replay from the kick off. With a raft of injuries it is probably understandable. Their approach didn’t make for a good game however.

Chances were minimal, and despite Celtic enjoying prolonged spells of possession they just couldn’t break the visitors down. Half chances fell to Sharp and Wolfenden who didn’t fully test Roberts in the Buxton goal. The second half was much of the same. Kenghi, Caton and Wilkinson all eventually introduced to try to break the deadlock. Liam Tongue came the closest after he hit a 25 yard volley that was quite superbly saved by Roberts as he tipped it on to the post. It was all Celtic and they chucked as much as they had got to Buxton, but the visitors back line held firm. The sides have to go again on Tuesday night.

By Shaun Bishop

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