Non-League preview: Ashton United game gets go-ahead

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ASHTON UNITED’s bid to remain unbeaten in the Evo-Stik Premier will continue this Saturday after being told their game with Ilkeston will go ahead.

The Derbyshire outfit haven’t played a league game this season after being suspended for failing to pay football creditors. But the club were set for a cash boost after Birmingham paid £2m to sign former Ilkeston striker Che Adams from Sheffield United and the issue has now been resolved.

The news is a boost for Ashton as they will be keen to maintain their momentum. The Robins are joint-second in the table with eight points from four games, with new signing Lee Gaskell scoring four goals. Ashton then host Skelmersdale on Monday as there is a full Bank Holiday programme from steps one to four in the non-league ladder.

The double-header weekend will give us a better idea of who will be battling it out at each end of the Evo-Stik North this term. With just two league games played due to the FA Cup, TRAFFORD, DROYLSDEN and MOSSLEY are currently joint-second on four points.

Trafford host Ossett Town on Saturday, followed by a derby at Radcliffe Borough on Monday. Droylsden and Mossley host Colne and Tadcaster Albion, respectively, before facing each other on Monday.

HYDE UNITED and RAMSBOTTOM UNITED both have three points. Hyde host Goole AFC then make the short trip to Glossop, while the Rams host Burscough in Friday night’s only game before visiting Clitheroe. RADCLIFFE BOROUGH are unlucky not to have got a point yet but they aim to put that right at Prescot Cables before hosting Trafford.

WEST DIDSBURY & CHORLTON are unbeaten in the North West Counties Premier heading into Saturday’s home match with Padiham. ABBEY HEY and NEW MILLS have both won two from four and Abbey host Runcorn Town while the Millers visit Barnoldswick.

MAINE ROAD are still waiting for their first league win and will have two cracks at it this weekend, at AFC Liverpool and then at home to Cammell Laird on Monday.

CHEADLE TOWN are playing catch-up in the First Division due to their FA Cup progress and they host Oswestry.

Elsewhere, STOCKPORT TOWN welcome Whitchurch, CHADDERTON host Litherland and PRESTWICH HEYS visit the early pacesetters Sandbach.