Non-League round-up: Leaders Harrogate Town have to do without Ainge

Simon Ainge.
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Harrogate Town will be without star striker Simon Ainge for tomorrow’s top-of-the-table National North clash against Brackley Town.

Ainge sustained a serious injury in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Blyth Spartans and may require surgery.

Gregg Anderson, left.

Gregg Anderson, left.

The defender-turned-striker has scored nine goals in seven appearances for Town this season including a match-winning hat-trick in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Tamworth.

On the injury, Town boss Simon Weaver said: “It’s not looking very good, it’s all swollen, he will be going for a scan. We will have further knowledge after that.”

Saturday’s win over Tamworth moved Town to the top of the table for the first time under Weaver’s management.

Town have now picked up six wins and a draw from their opening seven games, a record only matched by tomorrow’s opponents Brackley Town.

Weaver acknowledged the challenge ahead at the CNG Stadium. “Brackley have an experienced manager and an experienced team, we’ll just have another good go at it,” he said.

Elsewhere in National North, 10th-placed Bradford Park Avenue travel to the team directly above them in the table – Stockport County.

Farsley Celtic will be looking to put their midweek 1-0 Evo-Stik League Premier Division defeat at Shaw Lane behind them when they travel to play Stalybridge Celtic in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.

A goal from former Celt Damien Reeves was the difference between the sides but Farsley boss Adam Lakeland knows his troops must quickly get the result out of their system.

He said: “For us now it’s a case of putting this result behind us, not getting too down and trying to win our next game which is another challenging match this time in the FA Cup against Stalybridge Celtic.

“We knew we were going to lose the odd game here and there and we’re only six games in, so yes it’s disappointing, but a result we will bounce back from I’m sure.”

Elsewhere in the FA Cup tomorrow, Frickley Athletic travel to Buxton, Ossett Town host Consett and Liversedge head to Sunderland RCA.

In Evo-Stik North, Ossett Albion host Brighouse Town and Tadcaster Albion welcome Goole AFC.

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NCE Premier Division leaders Pontefract Collieries will be looking to chalk up their fifth home victory of the season when they host Athersley Recreation.

Pontefract head into the game in great form having thrashed Worksop Town 5-1 in midweek with Ashley Emmett grabbing a brace.

Second-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare – who defeated Bridlington Town 2-1 on Tuesday night – have a tricky test at sixth-placed Staveley Miners Welfare, while 10th-placed Garforth host 12th-placed Pickering Town.

Elsewhere, fourth-from-bottom Harrogate Railway Athletic will be hoping to pick up only their second victory of the season when they host Rainworth Miners Welfare tomorrow.

Division One leaders Knaresborough Town will be targeting an eighth victory in a row when they travel to Swallownest tomorrow.

Town defeated Shirebrook Town 2-1 in midweek thanks to goals from Gregg Anderson and Blaine Hobson.

Second-placed Yorkshire Amateur – who trail the leaders by four points – play at seventh-placed Selby Town.

Town had Matthew Dalton to thank for rescuing a late point in a 2-2 draw at Grimsby Borough on Wednesday night.

Fresh from their 4-0 triumph at Retford United on Tuesday evening, third-from-bottom Nostell Miners Welfare will be targeting another three points when they play at Armthorpe Welfare.

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