ATHERTON Colls' match on Saturday should be an interesting affair.

Ashton United visit Skuna Stadium in a Northern Premier League meeting.

In what would have sounded like fiction weeks ago, Brad Cooke’s black n white stripes will be hosting his old gaffer Michael Clegg’s new side, kick-off 3pm.

United could also have Ben Hardcastle and Michael Brewster in their ranks following their recent switch from Colls.

It is still a honeymoon period for the new managerial team of Cooke and his assistants Chris Lynch and Rob Sadler following the exit of Clegg and his backroom staff.

Games have been few and far between, with the home clash against Barrow in the first round of the FA Trophy falling foul of the weather as did the scheduled meeting with Stalybridge Celtic in the second round of the Integro League Cup last Tuesday.

Colls will have another tempt at facing current non-league leaders Barrow at Skuna Stadium tonight, Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

At the end of last week Colls confirmed the return of an old crowd favourite, Kris Holt.

His last appearance in a Colls’ shirt was in November, 2017, before joining Runcorn Linnets.

After finishing last season in sixth place in the Division One West, he stunned the ‘Corn by leaving to join West Didsbury and Chorlton, under the leadership then of Cooke, Lynch and Sadler.

“I’m really happy to be back at Colls, I’m looking forward to the step up,” said Holt.

After this Saturday's league outing, Colls have several festive period matches lined up.

They are due to visit Radcliffe on Boxing Day before hosting Lancaster City on New Year's Day, both 3pm.