East of the M60’s Road to Wembley: Second Qualifying Round Results

Away wins for Hyde and Droylsden but Stalybridge Celtic, Buxton, Altrincham and Ashton United bow out at home

East of the M60 motorway, only one of our teams are in the hat for the Third Qualifying Round draw (with another just inside the M60). Both of which are in the Blue Square Bet North, one of which has enjoyed a good run in the league, with the other one stuttering a little.

The two teams through to the next round are Hyde and Droylsden – also Tameside’s only representatives of this season’s competition. The former recorded a comfortable victory over lower league opposition, the latter side laid their perennial bogeymen to rest.

Hyde defeated Staveley Miners’ Welfare 3 – 0 thanks to goals from Berkeley and Crowther (who scored twice). David Pace laid his perennial bogeymen to rest with a 2 – 1 win at Borough Park.

On the subject of bogeymen, that old cliche ‘we can concentrate on the league’ was made as soon as the Second Qualifying Round draw paired Stalybridge Celtic with Guiseley. How right they were as Stalybridge Celtic lost 2 – 1 to the Lions in a Mediterranean Bower Fold. Former ‘Bridge striker opened the scoring for Guiseley in the 26th minute with score remaining so till stoppage time.

Unsporting play from the visitors and awful refereeing led to six minutes of stoppage time being added in the second half. Stalybridge Celtic’s misery was compounded by an own goal doubling Guiseley’s tally. Celtic’s goal came from Phil Marsh with what turned out to be the last kick of Stalybridge Celtic’s F.A. Cup campaign. Yesterday’s result marked Celtic’s earliest exit from the competition since 1998. Again, the scoreline was similar with the ‘Bridge drawn at home against opposition within their league (Worksop Town). The last Stalybridge Celtic beat Guiseley in any competition was the 4th March 2000, a 2 – 1 win at home in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

For Robins of an Altrinchamian and Ashtonian nature, it was bad news all round with defeats from lower league opposition. Moss Lane saw Altrincham knocked out by Witton Albion with two clear goals scored by their Northwich rivals. Ashton United were beaten 3 – 0 by Spennymoor Town.

Former Stalybridge Celtic manager John Reed and his former right hand man Mark Atkins experienced home defeats at their respective clubs. Buxton lost 2 – 1 to Rushall Olympic with Matlock Town losing 3 – 1 to Hinckley United. Runcorn Linnets’ and Deeping Rangers’ runs ended in defeat with the Linnets losing 1 – 0 at Hebburn Town. Deeping Rangers (who recorded a shock win in the previous round at New Mills), bowed out at home, losing 2 – 0 to Leek Town.

Meanwhile in Bury, FC United of Manchester ended their F.A. Cup campaign with 1 – 0 defeat against Lancaster City. By contrast, their local rivals a few miles away [Radcliffe Borough] booked their place into the next round of the F.A. Cup. They beat Clitheroe 3 – 1 at Shawbridge.

Results (01 October 2011):

  • Northwich Victoria 1 – 2 Nantwich Town;
  • Stalybridge Celtic 1 – 2 Guiseley;
  • Workington 1 – 2 Droylsden;
  • Clitheroe 1 – 3 Radcliffe Borough;
  • Staveley Miners’ Welfare 0 – 3 Hyde;
  • Ashton United 0 – 3 Spennymoor Town;
  • Matlock Town 1 – 3 Hinckley United;
  • Hebburn Town 1 – 0 Runcorn Linnets;
  • FC United of Manchester 0 – 1 Lancaster City;
  • Bradford Park Avenue 3 – 1 Warrington Town;
  • Altrincham 0 – 2 Witton Albion;
  • Deeping Rangers 0 – 2 Leek Town;
  • Buxton 1 – 2 Rushall Olympic;
  • Carlton Town 0 – 1 Hednesford Town.

Coming soon…

The F.A. Cup Third Qualifying Round draw. If you have any comments over the previous round’s fixtures, feel free to add them.

S.V., 02 October 2011.

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