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A gang who held a woman at knifepoint in her Dukinfield home before stealing her car have been jailed

Posted on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:59:25 +0000

Shortly after 11.30pm on Wednesday 15 August 2018 a 46-year-old woman at a property on Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield awoke to find a man stood over her pointing a knife a few inches from her neck. 

He forced her to hand over the keys to her Kia Picanto, which was parked on her driveway, before demanding cash and beer and using the lace from his hoodie to bind her wrists. 

He filled a supermarket bag in the kitchen with bottles and cans of beer before leaving, warning her not to call the police. 

Neighbours who had seen a commotion at the house arrived a short time later and helped the woman free herself and call police. 

The vehicle was later found on Rush Street and forensically linked to Wayne Pollitt, also known as Wayne McDonald (07/01/1994) of Matlock Avenue, Telford, Eugene Stynes (06/03/1991) of Anchor Street, Oldham and Daniel Bartrip (25/11/1995) of Keswick Avenue, Hyde. 

Today (Tuesday February 19 2019) at Liverpool Crown Court, the trio were sentenced. 

Pollitt was sentenced to six years and 11 months in prison after pleading guilty to robbery and a separate count of burglary. 

Stynes was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery. 

Bartrip was sentenced to six years and six months in prison after being found guilty of robbery. 

Detective Inspector Joseph Harrop of GMP’s Tameside Division said: “This cowardly bunch of opportunist thieves thought nothing of barging into a family home and subjecting a lone woman to a terrifying ordeal. 

“Their despicable behaviour was as foolish as it was spineless – with all three being tracked down by police a short time later. 

“We are thankful that the woman was not seriously injured in this robbery, but the psychological impact of this kind of crime should not be underestimated. 

“We hope that today’s sentences presents a form of closure, now that these reprehensible individuals are behind bars.” 

Chadwick departs Hurt Cross

Posted on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:24:40 +0000

Ashton United striker Matt Chadwick has left the club ahead of tonight’s fixture in the National League North against AFC Telford Utd.

Chadwick became a fans’ favourite at Hurst Cross during his long association with the club.

He played an instrumental part in the Robins’ success in recent years – most notably helping the Robins secure promotion from the Evo-Stik Premier Division last season.

The striker uploaded the following statement to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon:

Picture by Jez Sayle: Chadwick celebrates with Mark Lees

Police arrest 15-year-old boy after two teenagers were run over in Denton

Posted on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:56:06 +0000

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after two boys were hit by a car in Denton at the weekend.

Just before 1.55pm on Saturday February 16th, police were called to Windmill Lane to reports that a blue Volkswagen Sharan had run over two pedestrians.

Officers found two teenagers, aged 13 and 17, who were taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, leg injuries.

The driver fled the scene and the Volkswagen was found abandoned in Haughton Green the next day.

Today, a 15-year-old boy handed himself at Ashton Police Station and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault. He remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Zoe Stapleton, of GMP’s Tameside District, said: “Our thoughts very much remain with the boys as they recover from this horrific incident at home.

“While we have someone in custody I’d like to reassure members of the community that this investigation very much ongoing and I would urge anyone with information to please get in touch with the police – even the smallest piece of information can assist our enquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9256 or 101, quoting reference number 1255 of 16/02/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

MATCH PREVIEW: Ashton United v AFC Telford Utd

Posted on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:08:01 +0000

Ashton United continue their bid against the drop on Tuesday with a home clash against AFC Telford Utd in the National League North.

Jody Banim’s side enter the game having been held to a 0-0 draw by Hereford at Hurst Cross on Saturday – a result Banim felt ‘was no good’ in terms of his side’s survival chances this season.

The Robins are now six points from safety with 13 games of the campaign remaining, having collected seven victories and six draws and fallen to 16 defeats.

It’s no secret that the Robins have one of, if not the lowest budget in the division this season. The table not only reflects the club’s inability to attract ‘star’ players, but it also demonstrates how stronger sides – some of whom are full-time – have the resources and structure to climb the table and leave the likes of Ashton in their wake. Nobody expected the Robins to be vying for a place in the upper end of the table this season, but many supporters will have been left frustrated by the squad’s lack of conviction in the heavier defeats, such as the 6-0 loss to Stockport County just before Christmas, as well as the 5-0 defeat to Boston United in the FA Trophy.

Ashton’s squad is more then capable of escaping the drop this season, but by Banim’s own admission his side need to convert draws into victories – and fast.

Tonight’s game, on paper, is perhaps one the Robins aren’t expected to win, as Telford are currently sixth in the table and look destined to secure a play-off spot. However, tonight marks the second time in three days that the Bucks have made the long trip to Greater Manchester, having fallen to a 3-2 defeat at title-chasing Stockport County on Saturday. If the Robins can resolve the defensive woes which have afflicted them throughout the season, then the prospect of a draw isn’t beyond the realms of possibility. Then again, as Banim reiterated after Saturday’s result, draws aren’t good enough at this stage of the season and so a lively, attacking game of football could well be on the cards tonight.

A tweet uploaded this afternoon suggests that long-serving striker, Matt Chadwick, has left the club. The striker put out the following statement:

Kick-off is scheduled for 7.45pm.

Picture by Jez Sayle (Matt Chadwick)

Dylan makes the step-up into Mossley’s first team

Posted on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:43:56 +0000

Mossley have confirmed that Striker Dylan Fitzgerald (17) has been promoted to the first team squad.

Dylan, from Greenfield, is in the Lilywhites’ academy programme and has scored 17 goals in just 16 appearances for the academy and U21 sides.

Dave Wild and Terry Hincks’ side will be hoping to boost their Evo-Stik West play-off credentials at second place Runcorn Linnets on Saturday.

Picture from Mossley’s Twitter account: @MossleyAFC

Mossley edge to victory over struggling Skelmersdale

Posted on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:36:16 +0000

Evo-Stik West

Mossley 1-0 Skelmersdale United

Mossley made hard work of beating bottom markers Skelmersdale United at Seel Park on Saturday by the only goal of the game.

The line up saw Gary Gee and Raul Correia make their first starts since signing while youngsters Abdul Kadiri Asamoah and Jes Uchegbulam were named on the bench.

It was to be a largely uninspiring game in front of an impressive crowd of 490 but the Lilywhites did just enough to take maximum points against a side who belied the form guide and were perhaps unfortunate not to take something from the game.

Mossley opened on the front foot and were able to keep the visitors penned in their own half with home debutant Correia’s attempt denied by Skem keeper Liam Boden while Max Leonard had a goal-bound shot blocked.

The Lilywhites finally broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute. Mossley won a free kick on the left wing. Ben Richardson fired the ball into the box and Raul Correia flicked the ball off his head and beyond Boden’s reach.

Max Leonard then tried a speculative 30 yarder but Boden gathered well. Mossley fans were by then no doubt hoping the floodgates would open but the reverse is what actually happened as the Lilywhites struggled to break down a well organised back five. 

Skem were unfortunate to have a headed goal ruled out for a foul as the Lilywhites rode their luck at the back more than once as the visitors worked incredibly hard to find a way back into the game.

Leonard and Correia both had efforts on goal for Mossley before the break but it was Josh Ollerenshaw who came to the rescue on the stroke of half time to deny the busy Sean Yeldrem.

As expected Mossley dominated second half possession but found it increasingly difficult to break the visitors down and Skem remained a threat on the break as Mossley’s attacks floundered. 

Leonard, Halfacre and Fish all came close but the second goal wouldn’t come making for an almost nervous end to the game as one mistake could have proved costly for play off chasing Mossley.

Downey replaced Halfacre for the last half hour as Mossley changed their shape to attempt to put the game to bed but chances were limited and fortunately, the Lilywhites avoided an late disasters to take the points and move level on points with third placed Radcliffe as the race for promotion heats up.

By Mossley Web

Picture by Martyn Nolan

Tintwistle net funds

Posted on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:01:02 +0000

Tintwistle Athletic FC has completed work on their pitch extension works at West Drive Football Centre.

The revamp has come courtesy of investment from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund. 

The grant will enable junior teams at Tintwistle Athletic to enjoy an additional nine v nine pitch as well as their first team being able to play at step seven.

The club has more than 20 teams ranging from under-sevens through all junior ages and youth teams into open age. 

Tintwistle Athletic has 30 FA coaches working with up to 300 players twice a week and has some of the best facilities in the High Peak. 

The club worked in partnership with Derbyshire FA to secure the £8,700 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.

Jill Crossland, secretary of Tintwistle Athletic, said: “The grant has enabled the club to expand its facilities. 

“We are extremely grateful to the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund; their support is vital for grassroots clubs to improve the quality and playing experience for our players and bring much needed sports funding to Tintwistle and the surrounding area.

“We are also grateful to Mr and Mrs Cooper for selling the club a piece of their farmland, without which this project would also not have been possible. 

“We are also grateful to our supporters that have helped raise match funding for this project, at events held at our West Drive Football Centre.”

Tintwistle Athletic FC is one of just 125 clubs nationally, selected by the FA, as a pilot club that will shape the future grassroots framework in England. 

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund is dedicated to improving grassroots sport across the country and I am pleased to hear their investment is going to support Tintwistle Athletic in their pitch expansion project.” 

Robins claim valuable point in bid against the drop

Posted on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:57:53 +0000

National League North

Ashton United 0-0 Hereford

On an emotional day at Hurst Cross, the points were shared in the relegation battle with neither side able to break the deadlock. 

The Robins welcomed Oliver Crowley and Matt Regan back into their defence. The action opened with George Lloyd lobbing comfortably wide after getting the better of Javid Swaby-Neavin.

Luke Ashworth then flicked on Swaby-Neavin’s long throw-in with the ball just reaching keeper Matt Yates. Tom Owen-Evans then tricked his way past Liam Goulding in the area with Ashworth clearing his cross. 

Mike Symons’ poked effort from a left wing corner was blocked and Tommy O’Sullivan then fired a second corner straight at George McMahon. 

Eliot Richards headed on to the stantion behind the goal after a foul throw by Ashton and Owen-Evans’ long free kick was palmed away by McMahon.

The Bulls came close when Lloyd beat Swaby-Neavin out wide and saw his cross headed over six yards out by Owen-Evans.

They threatened the Ashton goal again with Josh Growling’s shot being blocked amidst claims for handball.

Ashton’s best chance came just before the break as Sam Sheridan’s cross was flicked past Yates by Liam Martin, only to be cleared off the line with Martin firing the loose ball over.

The second period descended into something of an attritional battle. 

Owen-Evans had a chance, bursting through the middle with McMahon spreading himself to effect a decent stop.

Sub James Roberts hammered a swinging effort just past the far post. With time running out, Roberts turned past two defenders and saw his shot squirm away from McMahon.

by David Robinson

Ashton announce T20 fixtures

Posted on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:56:47 +0000

Ashton Cricket Club has confirmed their T20 fixtures for the forthcoming season.

The squad, known as the Black Knights, will host Shaw Spartans on Friday, May 31, before making the trip to Austerland Tigers on Friday, June 14.

The Micklehurst Mad Dogs visit Reyner Lane on Friday, June 21, while a short trip to the Oldham Lions takes place the following Monday, June 24. Ashton concluded their group fixtures with a home clash against Springhead Storm on Friday, July 5, before making the trip to Uppermill Roar on Friday, July 12.

In other news at Reyner Lane, the clubhouse has undergone a transformation of late. 

Thanks to Viridor Credits, the side lounge has been decorated and new seats have been installed.

The club is seeking sponsorship for the new season. Offers range from £25 a ball to whole club sponsorship. 

For further details, contact

Weekend Review: Ashton Rugby Club

Posted on Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:50:02 +0000

Ashton avenged a heavy away defeat earlier in the season. 

Both Josh Pattison and Matt Baron got their hands on a loose ball for Ashton’s first try, Pattison got the first of his five conversions, which included one effort that was aimed wide of the posts and blown back in by the wind.

Jordan Marshall then got two similar tries bursting through the defence to gallop 50m to touch down. Billy Travis had his turn at bagging a couple before half-time.

Using the wind Ashton were 35-0 up at half-time.

The first 20 minutes of the second half were scoreless until Alex Meredith touched down in the corner. The home team completed the scoreline with a Richard Taylor try converted by Ryan Riedsma.

Ashton U15s 52-22 Sefton U15s

A rearranged Lancashire Cup game was close until half-time, as the teams traded tries. 

Ashton then grabbed tries from Tom Ainsworth (4), Matt Lee, Matt Cope, and Zak and James Ashley. Ashton finished third in the league.

l Ashton U12s played two Lancashire Festival games losing 4-0 and 6-0 v Trafford MV and Heaton Moor.

l Ashton Colts’ top-of-the-table clash with Tarleton was abandoned after 15 minutes. Isaac Kellett suffered a leg injury. Ashton would like to thank Tameside Ambulance Service for their speedy response. Isaac is now recovering at home. As a result of the abandonment, Ashton cling to top spot by goal difference.

by Allen Bower

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