IT was almost a perfect day for Greater Manchester sides in the Evo-Stik League on Saturday as all but one tasted victory.
ASHTON UNITED bounced back from two successive defeats in the Evo-Stik Premier to claim a 3-1 win at Coalville Town.
With cub captain Joe Connor having left for Droylsden last week, Max Cartwright made his debut at centre-half after joining on loan from Stockport County and the Robins went 2-0 up inside 34 minutes through Domenico Maiese’s first goal for the club and a Ryan Crowther volley.
The hosts pulled one back through a Dominic Smalley own goal on 40 minutes but sub Benito Lowe’s late strike sealed victory for Ashton, leaving them joint-12th in the table.
TRAFFORD moved back up to 3rd in the Evo-Stik North table after winning 3-0 in their derby at mid-table DROYLSDEN.
Trafford’s promotion bid faltered with a 1-0 home defeat by Glossop followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Hyde United last week while Droylsden have brought back Ciaran Kilheeney, as well as signing Joe Connor.
But Lee Neville got the visitors off to a good start at the Butcher’s Arms as he glanced in Liam Brownhill’s 21st-minute free-kick, before keeper Terry Smith made a fine double save to deny Scott Metcalfe and Kilheeney.
Trafford then clinched victory with 2 goals in quick succession midway through the 2nd half, Kingsley Williams heading home from a Brownhill corner before Ash Woods fired home from 20 yards.
Tom Baker’s men will aim to continue that form as they visit Prescot Cables on Tuesday night, when they have the chance to go back within 8 points of leaders Lancaster City.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED are 9th after winning 1-0 at Bamber Bridge. Former Stockport midfielder Jamie Milligan hit a post with a first-half penalty for the hosts before Max Hazeldine scored the only goal, just 8 minutes after coming on at half-time.
Rammy are the only other local side to play in midweek and it’s a big game as they host 6th-placed Clitheroe on Tuesday knowing victory will see them leapfrog the visitors.
HYDE UNITED are one point below Droylsden in 13th following a 3-0 home win against Kendal, with Matt Beadle bagging a brace, while RADCLIFFE BOROUGH ended their 3-match losing streak in style.
Boro upset 8th-placed Glossop by claiming a 4-2 away win, with Jack Hindle scoring a late double. Dan Burns had given Boro a half-time lead before Elliot Rokka made it 3-1 on 79 minutes. Mike Norton pulled one back on 87 but Hindle clinched victory a minute later to leave his side 18th.
MOSSLEY were the only local Evo-Stik side not to win, suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Goole which left them 19th.