An inspired substitution held the key as Hyde United defeated Stafford Rangers to strengthen their hold on second spot in Northern Premier League, premier division.
Stand-in captain Harry Coates rescued a point for Ashton United with an injury time equaliser after it looked like visiting Stafford Rangers were set to take all three points through a first-half strike.
Ashton United’s great start to their Northern Premier League campaign continued with an emphatic win at next-to-bottom Belper Town.
Ashton United head to the North East on Tuesday (Sept 6) to try and keep their Emirates FA Cup dreams alive.
Summer signing Jack Kenny’s first senior goal for Ashton United was decisive in a typically tight local derby at Hyde United in front of a bumper Bank Holiday crowd of 855.