Lions In Relegation Battle

Ashton United Preview

Guiseley face their biggest match of the season as Ashton United visit Nethermoor Park this weekend, the game has a massive three points available to the winners and it could decide which team will be playing in the Vanarama National League North next season.


A win for the Lions against the Greater Manchester opponents on saturday will see them seven points clear of Ashton with only three league games remaining. Whilst the other side deep in trouble FC United of Manchester host Kidderminster knowing that defeat will see the relegated from the Vanarama National League North.

It’s been a difficult few years for the supporters and the club having been relegated from the Vanarama National League last season and struggling this season in the Vanarama National League North.  However if the club can get a victory this weekend it will give them a chance to rebuild and push on for promotion next season.

Joint managers Russ O’Neill and Marcus Bignot said, “the fans have suffered for a long long time now, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of where the club is going to be financially. We have just got to get over this hurdle, if we do the football club will be in its best place financially and off the pitch it has ever been in.”

Chadwick Media this week caught up with the Ashton United manager Jody Banim to discuss how the season has gone for the club, plus how he is going to prepare his players for the massive six pointer against Guiseley this weekend.


This weekend is a massive six pointer for both clubs and a win could see either club move closer to safety, how do you prepare the players for such a massive game?

We’ll prepare how we always prepare, by watching the opposition and coming up with a game plan to win the match. There’s no pressure on us, we thought we were dead and buried last week, so we’ll be going there to enjoy it. There’s a huge gap in budgets as well, so to be even this close to a club with the resources of Guiseley is an achievement.

In terms of yourself, as well as managing the team are you still playing for the club as a striker?

No, I’ve hung up the boots now but I have played for a number of great clubs around the North West over the years including Manchester United, Trafford, Flixton, Altrincham, Rossendale United, Radcliffe Borough, Shrewsbury Town, Accrington Stanley, Droylsden, Stalybridge Celtic, Torquay United, Burton Albion, Real Maryland Monarchs (USA) and Salford City.  Now I am retired so the Guiseley defenders can sleep a little tighter haha.

I believe the club is putting on travel for the supporters to this weekends fixture at Nethermoor Park which is an excellent gesture. Do you have a message for the supporters ahead of the game?

We have two new board members at the club who have kindly paid for the supporters coach on Saturday. I hope we can get as many there as possible to cheer the lads on. It’s been a tough watch at times this season, so it would be great to give our hardcore supporters something to cheer come the end of the season.

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