End of Season Travel Blues

The big problem with taking a holiday during the football season is how you minimise missing fixtures. 
For many years now the current Mrs C has been perplexed over the length and timing of our various forays to foreign parts. 
My seemingly impeccable planning with fixture list in one hand and flight schedule in another has generally minimised my absence from EP to about one game and about the same for an away trip. 
This spring Mrs C celebrated a land mark birthday and having rejected most of my game missing holiday ideas and itineraries she settled for her default beach/poolside sojourn. With deft planning I arranged a Mexican encounter that would mean a sharp getaway post Telford at home, miss Blyth away and return (somewhat jet lagged) for the final game against Darlington at home.
 The powers that be soon threw a spanner in my carefully prepared schedule and re-arranged the away game at Chorley two days into my Central American excursion, hence doubling my missed game total.

Stockport County 0 Chorley 1 ( Vanarama National North- Play Off QF) 2 May 2018

After a nightrich in tension and high octane fever pitch football, County bowed out of this season’s play offs , beaten bya well drilled Chorley FC side, in front of another massive Edgeley Park crowd of over 6000.
The score was 1-0, and that probably reflected accurately how it went. However, the first half might have seen Matt Jansen’s side leak a goal or two- they didn’t, and just showed too much savvy particularly late on when County got ever more anxious for a goal.
County did loads of attacking especially in the first 45 minutes when they racked up corner after corner, going close more than once in the process. There was more passion than finesse though in much of County’s work, and whilst individuals played well( Minihan gave us 90 minutes pure effort and not a little threat…Thomas likewise, and Winter drove his men on relentlessly throughout a pulsating encounter, but in vital areas the blues were matched by the Lancastrians- Scott Leather a typical example of this. Oswell did p…

Stockport County 1 Darlington 1 ( Vanarama National League-North)28 April 2018

County ended the pre play off part of their season with a decent home point, that secured the much sought after fifth place finish ( and with it the home QF tie) in front of 6163 ( a new National League North attendance record!)today at Edgeley Park , against a determined Darlington side.

Those looking for a bit of a nerve tingler, bedecked with 90 odd minutes of none stop excitement, were perhaps disappointed, but they, if they existed at all, would have been in a minority I would guess, as most of the excellent crowd stayed on to applaud their respective teams at the games conclusion signalling if not overwhelming approval of the days fare, then satisfaction on the season thus far laid out before them.
If it wasn’t unceasingly exciting, the game was an interesting one, particularly so because County fielded a side with 7 changes in it, with a Wednesday play off Quarter Final in prospect. Most of JG’s fringe players got a start…and it was a real excitement to see young striker Szymon C…