Ashton United were denied their fourth successive draw in Northern Premier League, premier as a second-half defensive mix-up handed a winning goal to Lancaster City at the Giant Axe.
Ashton United registered their sixth successive home league win as a 5-0 victory against Matlock Town maintained third place in the Northern Premier League, premier.
An uninspiring Isuzu FA Trophy, third qualifying round tie at Hurst Cross needed to be decided on penalties after Ashton United and Brighouse Town shared a goal apiece.
A courageous fightback from North East visitors Morpeth Town came close to rescuing a point at Hurst Cross as Ashton United were left holding on having been cruising at 4-0 up with 50 minutes played.
Stockport County’s burning desire to reclaim their Football League status, which was lost in 2011, has been enhanced by a fruitful festive period.