Stockport County 3 Kidderminster Harriers 0 ( FA Trophy- 2nd Round Replay)16 January 2018

Stockport County majestically strode into Round 3 of the FA Trophy, and a tie against National Leaguers Maidenhead United, last night with an emphatic 3-0 win against 16 game unbeaten Kidderminster Harriers.
It was a beast of a night…..and I wondered whether Dante had imagined such a foul backdrop to the game as thunder…lightning….snow and sleet hammered at us to the accompaniment of a lethal wind that pierced to the bone and threatened the extremities!

Thankfully County paid the prevailing conditions scant heed, and proceeded to do a job against a Harriers side that had come to win and thought they knew just how to do it.
Kidderminster did more than their share of attacking, but John Eustace’s side were just unable to add the essential ingredient on the end of all the stylish passing….a decent finish. Great credit in this respect must go to County who defended like lions all evening.
With winger Adam Thomas pressed into service at right back, it was reasonable maybe to wonder if County w…

Away Ground Guide - Southport ( Saturday 20 January 2018)

Southport Football Club Haig Avenue, Southport, Lancashire, PR8 6JZ

All admission is by cash only at the turnstiles. No Credit Card payment facility. Matchday Programme £3
Main Stand £15 Concessions £11 Terracing £13.50 Concessions £10 All 12-18 year olds will be admitted for £5
Under 11’s accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted free.

Disabled Entry
The procedure for disabled admission is as follows:
The disabled person or carer on his/her behalf goes to the ticket office to purchase a ticket at the appropriate price.
The carer is admitted free.
The disabled person and his/her carer then enter through the disabled gate (if a wheelchair they go in the paddock. If ambulant disabled they can sit in the stand).

The ground is segregated for all matches and the away end is an uncovered terrace, although seating was available last time although that was for a Tuesday evening match- hopefully the same will be so this time.

The nearest railway station is Meols …

Kidderminster Harriers 2 Stockport County 2 ( FA Trophy 2nd Round) 13 January 2018

With 13 minutes remaining of the match, County were cruising 2 goals ahead of Kidderminster Harriers ,with a place seemingly booked in Round 3 of the FA Trophy, when 2 goals in 5 minutes saved the day for the home side., condemning both sides to a replay , on Tuesday, that really no one wanted. It had been an odd game……County second best for much of the first half….took the lead as Oswell headed in Stephenson’s cross close to half time.
When Ian Ormson ‘s fantastic double save prevented Harriers from equalising from the spot in the second half….it looked to be County’s day…an impression that was only enhancedwhen Stephenson doubled the yellow shirted blues advantage with a neat strike with 20 minutes left.
Despite Harriers enjoying much possession they never really looked at all likely to put a dent in the County armour, until they did when Fraser Horsfall netted from close in after 77 minutes. Emmanuel Sonupe added a second 4 minutes later and, after looking home and dry, County were an…