Stockport County take on Ashton United this Tuesday at Hurst Cross in the club’s fourth pre-season friendly of 2017.
Ashton United currently compete in the seventh tier of English Football, one below County, in the Evo-Stik Premier Division. The Robins ended the previous season in eleventh position and will give a significant test to a County side that have already narrowly beaten Altrincham, who also play in the Northern Premier League.
The club have played in the seventh tier for over ten seasons after a very brief spell in the Conference North after it’s creating in 2004. Since returning the the NPL, Ashton have come close to securing promotion on a number of occasions, and lost in the play-off semi-finals to eventual winner Salford in 2016.
United are currently managed by Jody Banim, a non-league journeyman that has played at the likes of Accrington, Burton and Droylsden after leaving Manchester United as a trainee and will line up with a number of former Hatters in attendance including Ryan Crowther and Mark Lees.
Stephen O’Halloran is expected to return after missing the Preston fixture at the weekend, besides that Jim Gannon has no new injury worries as his side aims to secure a third pre-season victory. Expect the Gaffer to name a strong starting line-up whilst allowing a number of players the chance to impress of the bench.
The game will be taking place at Hurst Cross, a 4,500 capacity ground with a 250 seater main stand. The ground is under a mile from the nearest station (Ashton-under-Lyne) and the bus services 331, 333 or 393 will all take you straight to the ground if necessary.
Address: Hurst Cross, Surrey Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England, OL6 8DY
Attendance for the game will set you back £5/£3.