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Hyde baths project put on hold after contractor pulled out over Carillion fears

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:32:22 +0000

The multi-million pound project to expand Hyde swimming pool has been put on hold after the contractor pulled out in the wake of the Carillion collapse.

Tameside Council had signed off more than £3m on the extension for the Active Hyde facility, off Walker Lane, which would see a new six-lane swimming pool built, along with changing rooms and spectator seating.

Earlier in the year the town hall agreed to up the budget for the project by an extra £88,280 after the proposed contractor told bosses they were ‘nervous’ about dealing with the Local Education Partnership (LEP) which is 80pc owned by the collapsed contractor Carillion.

It came after the council had already agreed to up their financial contribution by £1.09 million after building surveys discovered that the existing electrical and mechanical system could not be adapted to run the new pool.

A meeting of the strategic planning and capital monitoring panel heard that despite the agreed cash assurance, the builder had pulled out of the pool revamp just one day before they were due to sign the contract.

The whole project has now been put on hold, while bosses review which of their infrastructure and investment projects they can still afford to do following the extra costs brought by Carillion going bust.

Ade Alao, head of investment and development, told councillors: “At this current time the scheme is essentially paused.”

Cllr Ged Cooney, executive member for economic growth, employment and housing, added: “We are reviewing all the capital programmes and the governance of that on the organisation so it’s on hold while we go through that process. We have to have a look at that now.”

The risk level for the Hyde project has been rated red – and is ‘resulting in further delays and increased cost’, according to a council report.

It is estimated that there is an impact of £6,000 of reduced revenue a month for the council beyond the planned completion date.

In his report, Mr Alao said that the LEP has been working to secure a new contractor for the project.

“The council’s capital programme is currently under review in order to facilitate re-prioritisation following pressures on the level of capital funding available,” he stated.

“In addition, the council is reviewing its leisure management options to ensure sustainability and improved health outcomes for residents.

“Consequently, the Hyde scheme is temporarily on hold pending the outcome of these reviews later in the year.”

Honours galore at Stalybridge Snooker League presentation

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:42:50 +0000

The Stalybridge Snooker League held its annual presentation earlier this month.

Mossley A and Mossley B stole the show with both teams claiming numerous trophies, while there were a host of individual awards handed out to the best players of the year.

Following a memorable campaign, Mossley A won the Snooker League while Hyde SC were runners up.

In the Whist League, Mossley B were crowned champions while Mossley A were runners up.

Mossley B also won the Berry Cup and Gordon Clay Trophy, while St Peters won the Taylor Cup and Mossley A won the George Fletcher Trophy.

Tameside Radio’s Danny Tipping won the Player’s League and came runner-up in the Individual Billiards League, just short of C Edwards who claimed the coveted title.

A full list of winners can be found below:


Snooker League………………………Winners..Mossley A

                                                     R/ups……Hyde SC.

Whist League………………………….Winners..Mossley B

                                                     R/ups……Mossley A

Berry Cup……………………………….Winners..Mossley B

                                                      R/ups….. Hyde SC

Taylor Cup………………………………Winners..St Peters

                                                      R/ups……Mossley A

George Fletcher Trophy…………….Winners…Mossley A

                                                      R/ups…….Mossley B

Gordon Clay Trophy…………………Winners…Mossley B

                                                      R/ups…….St Peters


Individual Billiards………………….Winner…C Edwards

                                                     R/up.. …D Tipping

Individual Snooker…………………..Winner…A Tate

                                                      R/up……M Neale.

Roy Nelson Snooker Doubles…….Winners..M Neale /A Betts

                                                      R/ups…..P Vidler /L Kerfoot

Sportsmanship Award……………….Winner…R Mason.

Players League…………………………Winner…..D Tipping

Highest Snooker Break………………Winner….A Barton…….39

Highest Billiards Break……………..Winner….D Beswick……33

Man of the Match Award……………Winner…..A Betts

Darts Individual…….RTB…………..Winner….D Beswick

                                                        R/up……. I Carter

Darts Individual…….501…………….Winner… D Beswick.

                                                        R/Up…….G Terry

6 Reds……………………………………..Winner……L Kerfoot

                                                        R/up……..J Wright.

Whist Drive………………………………Winner…..I Hopton

                                                        W.Spoon..G Robinson

Pool Knockout…………………………..Winner…D Beswick

                                                         R/Up……N Burrows

Snooker Killer……………………………Winner…..G.Terry


Long Service Award………………………P Vidler

Luckiest Player over the season………………A Betts




Weekend Review: Chadderton Park Sports Club

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:30:18 +0000
Tameside Saturday league
Chadderton Park under 19’s Eagles suffered their second defeat of the season losing 4-0 at home to Heyside. The Eagles came into the game with a make shift team with eight players missing. The Eagles gave a dogged battling defensive display in the first half and the deadlock and the Eagles resistance was finally broken mid-way through the first half when Heyside were awarded a debatable penalty which was converted. Heyside scoring a second goal on the stroke of half time.
The second half was an end-to-end display of attacking football from both teams, unfortunately the Eagles couldn’t convert their chances as Heyside found the net twice more in the second half.  
North Bury League
It was derby day in the North Bury League with Chadderton Park under 15’s Phoenix taking on the Lions and it certainly didn’t disappoint the neutral. Phoenix started the better but the Lions took the lead as Antonis Koiloropoluos powered through and rounded the keeper. Phoenix levelled as Reece Owen converted a penalty he won. 1-1
Lions woke up and two Kieran Akehurst strikes gave what looked like a match winning lead but with eight minutes to go the Lions had a counter attack broken up and a good pass was finished well by Drew Cunningham. Lions had a man sent off and it was backs to the wall and the pressure told as Drew Cunningham levelled from five yards out as the Lions defence asked for offside.
Lions had a Dan Leeming header well saved with the last touch of the game.
Honours even and a fair result.
Chadderton Park under 13’s Cobras progressed to the next round of the Under 13’s League Cup with a penalty shoot-out win at home to Elton Leopards.
In a great advert for grassroots football the game was superbly played and very respectfully by both teams.
What a performance from the Cobra’s, playing with a bare 11 the effort from each and every lad was superb to see running, driving forward time and time again and all that was missing was the finish. The ball was dealt with at the back when needed and it was great to see the lads stand tall and take responsibility and ownership of the ball. Overall Chaddy were the strongest team and were very unlucky not to be two or three in front at the end of the game. After a strength sapping game the teams in the end could not be split and so it was the lottery of penalties. It was great to see five lads step forward with no hesitation when asked for volunteers. The lads stood as a team strong and encouraged each other and progressed to the next round.
East Manchester Junior Football League – Sunday
Chadderton Park under 12s Griffins reached the next round of the Under 12’s League FA Primary Cup with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win away at Woodley Albion after the game had finished 1-1. Alex Henshaw putting the Griffins into a first half lead. Goalkeeper Harry King making three great saves in the second half. Woodley scored a late equaliser to take the game to penalties. Two great saves from Harry King in the shoot-out saw the Griffins through.

Chadderton Park under 15’s Lions reached the second round of the Under 15’s League Primary Cup with a 6-1 win at home to Uppermill with goals coming from a Tom Cassidy hat-trick, a Kristian Walker brace and David Osiobe.
North Manchester Girls League
Chadderton Park under 14’s Girls were unfortunate to lose their opening game of the season losing 2-0 away at Ashton Pumas, the girls were fantastic with the ball with some great passing and movement but couldn’t make their possession count.
County Cup
Chadderton Park under 14’s Girls reached the next round of the County Cup with a 3-1 win at home to Urmston with a cracking team effort following Saturday’s defeat against Ashton Pumas. The girls listened to the advice they were given and every single one of them put a shift in. The defence of Amy Gregory, Charlotte Whitehead, Charlotte Quarmby and Emma Ellis were solid at the back. The two Charlotte’s had a great understanding of each other and played some great passes. Girl of the game Emma Ellis mopped up any danger that was coming her way. ‘Keeper Amy Tapper made some great saves and her distribution was good. Central midfielders Poppy Moorhouse and Heidi Sheldon worked really well together linking up the defence with attack superbly. Anna Keeling and Annie Taylor ran riot for most of the game, causing the Urmston defence loads of problems as did Jenna Ford on the right hand side. Jenna too worked hard up and down helping the defence when needed. Probably the most versatile player, Katie Bowers, scored two real classic poachers goals. Second half and Emily Parsons came on upfront and considering she has just come back from injury did really well and was unlucky not to be on the score sheet. Poppy deservedly scored the third late in the second half with a bit of a goal mouth scramble, the ball landed at her feet and she struck the ball from 18 yards out. A great game to watch and a well-deserved win.
Chadderton Park under 18’s Lionesses were unfortunate to bow out of the County Cup on Saturday when they lost 5-3 away at Davyhulme Park.
The first 10 minutes produced a goal for both teams. Lucy Reeves equalised on eight minutes after good work from 
Rhea Horner.
The home side took the lead on 18 minutes with an excellent volley and made it 3-1 after 31 minutes with a goal that could have been avoided.
3-1 down at half time was definitely not the story of the game, as the Lionesses had chances of their own.
A couple of tactical tweaks and a firm rocket of confidence and they were good to go.
On 55 minutes the Lionesses pulled one back as the lively Rhea had a cross/shot that deflected in off the full back. 10 minutes later and the Lionesses were deservedly level as a Leigha Cook drive from 20 yards found the bottom corner.
The Lionesses then continued to create chance after chance but it was looking like it could be one of those days in front of goal.
However, two quick fire goals against the run of play on 75th and 77th minutes sent the Lionesses crashing out but with the Lionesses only having 11 players available they were unlucky not to get something out of the game.
By Andy May

Duki downed by leaders Hindsford

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:13:14 +0000
Manchester Premier League
Dukinfield Town 0-7 Hindsford
It was a day to forget for Dukinfield Town on Saturday, as Phill Cooper’s side were condemned to a 7-0 defeat by leaders Hindsford.
Although the season is in its early stages, the fixture marked the sixth time that Duki have faced a top six side this season.
Hindsford, who remain unbeaten after the heavy victory, put the game beyond doubt in the first half with three goals before notching another four in the second-half to take their tally to 35 for the season. Duki weren’t helped by the fact that two strikers were missing for the tie, though the score reflects serious concerns for a side which has lost six games already.
Elsewhere, the development side went down 4-2 at home to Govan Athletic reserves.
By Paul Bishop

Weekend Review: Ashton Rugby Club

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:59:46 +0000
Ashton U17s Junior Colts were the comeback kings on Saturday, putting last week’s 25-24 defeat at table toppers West Park behind them to record a 22-10 victory over Crewe and Nantwich.
The Colts were two tries down after 18 minutes, but they responded well and reduced the deficit through a Krystian Witeska try and Dom Jackson conversion. Callum Taylor then rounded the defence to score a scorching try down the right wing  for a 12-10 half time lead.
Ashton were down to 14  briefly as the injuries piled up but they still managed to exert pressure on the visitors and from a breakdown 5m out, Aron Lancaster dived over for 17-10. The game was put out of reach as Ethan Green shot down the wing to make the final score 22-10; a remarkable comeback against a strong and well organised team.
Ashton 1st XI had won a 9-7 dogfight against Eagle the previous week and travelled to Clitheroe with confidence. However,  despite taking the lead through Adam Goodwin, with Josh Pattison converting his own try, they lost the game 19-12
Ashton 2nd XI beat Aldwinians 3rd XI  27-22. The tight local derby saw the return of  Captain Alex Mayoh from long term injury . Ashton had gone 0-5 down but Wayne Hadfield equalised and the visitors retook the lead 12-5. A Joel Pearson  try converted  from wide by Mark Grayson  levelled it at half time. A penalty apiece took it to 15-15, then Mayoh scored and Liam Durber touched down after an excellent driving run from George McCallum converted for 27-15. Aldwinians came back strongly and converted a try with eight minutes to go, but Ashton managed to see out a nervy few minutes for the win.
Sunday was Lancs Cup day and Ashton U15s travelled to Bury in a repeat of last years Bowl Final, winning comfortably 12-42. Tom Ainsworth was voted man of the match,  scoring five tries plus one each for Luke Houston and Matt Cope.
The U12s also travelled to Bury losing 6-3 despite a hat trick from Declan Healy.
By Allen Bower

Celtic secure back-to-back league victories

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:17:57 +0000

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Stalybridge Celtic 3-1 Matlock Town


Celtic kept struggling Matlock at bay for nearly ninety minutes, almost keeping a clean sheet to add a gloss to the result.

After Scott Bakkor’s early shot was scooped up, the pace of the game looked slow with Chances for Celtic few and far between. Chris Sharp and new signing Josh Solomon-Davies went close with their initial efforts, and Bakkor forced Richard Walton into a full stretch save, but it was more than Matlock were creating. Eventually, pressure told, with loanee, George Hughes, showing good awareness to open up acres of space for Matty Wolfenden to exploit with an inch-perfect pass for Wolfenden to rifle into the top corner from just outside the box. Wolfenden and Celtic’s third new face, James Caton, were both were on target as the half came to a close, but neither could muster the power to add to Celtic’s slender lead.

After Caton and Sharp had both fluffed their chances, Celtic had a massive let off, when Adam Smith’s cross through the six-yard box was met by an off-balance and unmarked Jamie Jackson, who fortunately couldn’t keep his bumbling shot on target.

Celtic kept on with their game-plan, Caton putting in a great cross that Neil Kengni couldn’t quite reach, but moments later, he did it again, and this time, Bakkor came curling in and put his head firmly on the cross to smash it past the despairing Walton.

Moments later, and Celtic made the end of the game comfortable when Sharp’s cross sent Kengni on a surging run. Despite the numerous rough challenges, Kengni kept his feet, kept going and produced a stunning finish that left Walton no chance.

Glenn Rule, normally the creator, tried himself with a fabulous strike from twenty-five yards, but for the stuck-out leg of Brad Beatson, it would have been in the top corner.

The visitors grabbed a consolation goal right at the death when fullback Tom Davie got Matlock’s first shot on target, forcing James Aspinall into his only real save of the game up until that point. From the resulting corner, Celtic couldn’t get the ball clear enough, Jordan Pierrepoint lifting the ball back into the mix for Craig Westcarr to twist and nod over Aspinall into the far bottom corner and spoil the clean sheet Celtic’s defence deserved.

By Deborah Taylor

Ashton cruise to next round of FA Cup

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:12:27 +0000

FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

Ashton United 3-0 Trafford


Ashton moved into the third Qualifying round of the FA Cup and with it took the £9,000 prize money with an ultimately comfortable victory over their local rivals. Bradley Jackson was given a start in midfield with former Ashton man Tom Baker in charge of the opposition and it was the Robins first on the attack as Matty Chadwick failed to connect properly with a corner before the visitors broke away and Aaron Chalmers had to deny Matty Bryan before Ally Brown fired wide from a tight angle.

Midway through the half Luke Ashworth needed to block Darius Palma’s effort after Bryan had reached the by line but the home side then moved ahead as Chadwick got the better of Matt Mahoney who brought him down for a penalty with Chadwick scoring high to Matt Cooper’s right. Mahoney’s day immediately got even worse as he received a red card for going right through the back of Chadwick leaving Mr Copeland with little option. Craig Hobson then just failed to connect with Matt Regan’s dangerous cross and Chadwick saw a low free kick held by the post.

Just before the hour Chadwick could have doubled his tally as he cut inside and hit the crossbar from 20 yards with Cooper well beaten and his latest effort was then dragged just past the near post. Chalmers then needed to stop sub Derbyshire just in time after he had advanced past Ashworth and Derbyshire then forced a decent save out of Pilling as he connected with Bryan’s delivery.

Heathcote then placed his effort wide for Trafford as a corner dropped to him and it took until the 82nd minute for Bradley Jackson to double the lead with a neat finish off the post after good approach play by Mark Lees & Nic Evangelinos and it was the latter who rounded things off in added time tapping home from Casian Anghel’s cross.

By Dave Robinson

Curzon fight back to earn FA Cup victory

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:03:10 +0000

FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

Radcliffe FC 1-2 Curzon Ashton


It was FA Cup delight for the Nash as they came back from a goal behind to defeat Radcliffe 2-1 at the Neuven Stadium.

Curzon booked their place in Monday’s Third Round Qualifying draw after goals either side of half time from Joe Guest and Niall Cummins gave them a hard-fought win after falling behind early on.

John Flanagan’s side were back in FA Cup action, away at Radcliffe however the famous magic of the cup was not on Curzon’s side early on.

It took the hosts just two minutes to open the scoring as captain, Kingsley Williams smashed home from a corner. A nightmare start for the Nash.

Flanagan’s side looked to respond quickly however, and a superb 20-yard effort from Joe Guest on the half-volley nearly levelled things up, as he forced Ollie Martin into a brilliant save.

Despite this Martin could not deny Guest a second time as a minute later the Curzon winger found the equaliser.

The ball fell to the Nash number seven on the edge of the box and he hammered a trademark left-footed strike into the bottom corner giving the Radcliffe shot-stopper no chance.

Flanagan’s men didn’t rest on their equaliser as moments later they were awarded a penalty.

Bizarrely, goalkeeper, Cameron Mason stepped up to take the kick but missed the chance to put his side ahead as his effort to the right of Martin was saved by the Radcliffe keeper.

The penalty went on to cause controversy at the break, as both sets of players clashed as they went down the tunnel for half time.

In the second period Flanagan’s side flew out the blocks in search of the lead, and they had it five minutes in.

An Alex Samizadeh through ball found Cummins, who slotted home his 12-yard effort to give Curzon the advantage going into the final 40 minutes of the game.

It was Cummins’ first goal of the season, and 75th in a Curzon shirt.

As the game entered the final stages it began to turn into a tasty cup tie, and the hosts could have, and maybe should have been reduced to 10 as former Nash man, Scott Metcalfe flew in with two feet on Connor Hughes, only to be let off by the referee with a yellow card.

As six minutes added time was signalled The Boro threw everything at Curzon in search of an equaliser, winning four corners in two minutes.

Fortunately for Flanagan and his side they withstood the late barrage, to secure the win and a place in the next round.

Match Report: Josh Lees 

Picture: Cummins celebrates his first goal of the season with team mates

Bloods share points in Derbyshire

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:55:15 +0000

Evo-Stik West

Glossop North End 1-1 Droylsden

The points were shared in this hard fought local derby with both sides ending the game with ten men at Surrey Street.

Droylsden had taken the lead from a free kick by new signing Febian Brandy before the interval but the lead was cancelled out with twenty minutes left with Darren McKnight’s strike from just outside the area finding the bottom corner of Chris Thompson’s net.

Chances were few and far between early in the first half, Thompson was called into action early turning a header from Ollie Thornley from a long throw round the post while a great block from centre half Dylan Smith got in the way of a Jordan Bove shot which seemed destined for the back of the net.

Chris Thompson was called into action again on the half hour mark when another long throw landed at the feet of Jason Hill but it was the Bloods who took the lead shortly after.

Febian Brandy, fouled on the edge of the area by Matty Russell, curled a superb free kick into the top corner of Russ Saunders’ net.

The Bloods were forced into a change on the stroke of half time, Shaun Holden pulling up with what appeared a hamstring injury and replaced by Ben Barber.

It was Barber who came close to getting a second for the Bloods after the resumption, his shot from outside the area whistling past the far post while Brandy from a tight angle saw his effort go across the face of goal.

As the game opened out, Liam Caddick saw his effort hit the outside of the post.

But the game changed with twenty minutes left, another long throw was only half cleared by the Bloods, with the ball falling at the feet of Darren McKnight who’s shot through a crowd of players ended in the bottom corner of the net.

Two sendings off in the space of eight minutes, North End skipper Matty Russell and Droylsden midfielder Luke Daly both for second bookable offences while in between Chris Thompson saved at the feet of Darrhyl Mason as the striker burst through the centre.

Droylsden could have taken the lead with five minutes left, substitute Ollie Ford put through only to shoot straight at Saunders while claims for a clear penalty were waved away by the referee after Brandy was upended in the box

But the home side looked the more certain to take the three points as the Bloods defence seemed to lose shape as the game ended and only a brilliant save from Thompson into injury time denied Mason the winning goal.

By Nigel Barlow

Pictures: Steve Dyson

Hyde end winless run with gritty performance at Whitby Town

Posted on Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:44:40 +0000

Evo-Stik Premier Division:

Whitby Town 0-1 Hyde United


Hyde ended a five game winless league run with a hard fought 1-0 victory at Whitby Town on Saturday.

John McCombe scored the only goal of the game in the 15th minute to secure the Tigers maximum points ahead of Saturday’s home clash against Mickleover Sports.

Darren Kelly’s side entered the game brimming with confidence after taking the bragging rights and securing a passage into the next round of the Integro League Cup with a 4-2 victory over Stalybridge Celtic four days earlier.

The Tigers started the fixture with real intent and their efforts at the Turnbull Ground were rewarded inside a quarter of an hour. A corner from the right was fired into the six yard box where an unmarked McCombe was given time and space to nod home past a helpless goalkeeper.

The visitors almost doubled their lead shortly after, but Luke Porritt’s long range effort flew just wide of the post, before Janni Lipka hit the post and Matty Hughes was unable to convert the rebound.

While the display was pleasing, there was a moment of concern for the travelling faithful when goalkeeper Peter Crook clashed with Jordan Fagbola and was subsequently stretchered off. Crook, who was admitted to hospital but released later that night, was replaced in goal by Hughes for the remainder of the fixture, though the defender was rarely troubled by the Whitby attack and Hyde held out for a deserved three points.

Picture: Peter Crook was strecthered off after a clash with Jordan Fagbola in the 77th minute

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