Taking a look at County v Brackley Town
After last weekend's missed opportunity County have a chance to take on another struggling club on Saturday. Town's manager quit earlier in the week and they put player coach Frank Sinclair in temporary charge; a man who provided County fans with some entertainment during his days in charge of Colwyn Bay.
Brackley spoilt County's run-up to Christmas in 2013 by taking the points with a 2-0 victory, Diggin and Story getting the goals. Last season it was a November game, in which Sam Whittall scored for Brackley on 75 minutes. This equalised Richie Baker's goal on the hour, but with the final whistle imminent current Hyde United player, Scott Spencer, got the winner for County. All three of Town's scorers are still with County's visitors. Full All Things Stockport County reports can be accessed through the links below.
2013-14 NN 14 Dec 0-2 [2013-14 match report]
2014-15 NN 8 Nov 2-1 [2014-15 match report]
County score given first, NN - National League North
As mentioned above, Brackley are in poor form and after the opening day victory it's been mostly downhill. The result that proved the final straw for then boss Jon Brady, was a 2-4 defeat last Saturday to a North Ferriby United side that had drawn their previous five games. On their travels Brackley have picked up a single point, at Alfreton, in four games. The scores have been close though, with their worst result coming at bottom side Telford United when they went down 2-0.
There is one connection with County in the Brackley squad as during our days in administration we "hosted" Inverness Caledonian Thistle, in a game played at Witton Albion's ground. Amongst the trialists listed that day was Curtis McDonald. Later that pre-season, after another trial with Leyton Orient, Curtis decided to head back to Forest Green Rovers, the club he played for the previous season.
|Name||App.Gls||Pos||Known Past Clubs (may not be complete)|
|Dan Crane||8..0||G||West Bromwich A, Burton A, Moor Green, Rushden & D, Lewes(L), Cambridge U, Kings Lynn, Bromsgrove Rov, Corby T, Solihull Moors, Hednesford T|
|Ryan Austin||8..0||CD||Crewe Alex, Burton A(L), Burton A, Kidderminster H, Brackley T(L)|
|Luke Graham||8..1||CD||Northampton T, Kettering T, Kings Lynn, Mansfield T, York C, Luton T, Forest Green Rov, Hereford U, Alfreton T|
|Owen Story||4+1..0||LB/M||Torquay U, Rushden & D, Brackley T, Solihull Moors|
|Curtis McDonald||5..0||D||Cardiff C, Accrington S, Carmarthen T, MKS Swit [pol], Forest Green Rov, COUNTY(T), Leyton O, Newport Co, Forest Green Rov|
|Stephan Morley||6+1..0||D||Kettering T, Corby T(L), Rugby T, Banbury U, Rugby T, Halesowen T, Hinckley U, Brackley T(DR), Leamington, Corby|
|Eddie Odhiambo||2..0||D/M||Oxford U, Southampton, Chester C(L), Yeovil T(L), Tamworth(L), Oxford U, Stevenage Bor, Newport Co, Gateshead|
|Dwayne Samuels||3..0||D/M||Grimsby T, Redditch U(L), AFC Telford U, Worcester C, Harrogate T|
|Frank Sinclair||0+1..0||D||Chelsea, West Bromwich A(L), Leicester C, Burnley, Huddersfield T, Lincoln C, Wycombe W(L), Wrexham, Hendon & Jamaica, Colwyn Bay|
|Richard Batchelor||7..0||M||Romulus, Solihull Bor, Bedworth U, Highgate U, RC Warwick, Alvechurch, Studley, Romulus, Solihull Bor, Romulus, Chasetown, Leamington, Brackley T(DR), Hednesford T|
|Will Green||0..0||M||Northampton T, Banbury U(L), Brackley T, Leamington(L), Bedworth U(L), Bedford T, Oxford C, Leamington|
|Greg Kaziboni||2+6..0||M||Northampton T, Corby T, Brackley T, Rugby T|
|Glenn Walker||8..0||M||Corby T, Banbury U, Brackley T, Hednesford T|
|Sam Whittall||4..1||M||Wolverhampton W, Cambridge U, Brackley T(L)|
|Pablo Mills||6..1||M/CD||Derby Co, Milton Keynes D(L), Walsall(L), Rotherham U, Crawley T(L), Crawley T, Macclesfield T, Rotherham U, Bury, Cheltenham T(L)|
|Tom Winters||2+2..0||W||Oxford U, Brackley T, Oxford C|
|Steve Diggin||6+1..2||F||Gregory Cel, Cogenhoe U, Corby T, Brackley T, Hednesford T|
|David Moyo||3+5..3||F||Northampton T, Corby T(L), Stamford(L), Brackley T(L)|
|Sam Smith||5+3..1||F||Cambridge U, Lincoln C, L Brackley T(L), Hereford U, AFC Telford U|
A LOOK AT NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH
Solihull continue to set the pace and none of the other challengers seem capable of stringing the victories together to stay with them. Last weekend's away defeats for Harrogate Town and Nuneaton Town would have given County the ideal chance to claim second spot, but even then they would have been five points adrift of Solihull. As we know the Hatters couldn't take advantage of their first half superiority so remain in the pack behind Solihull. North Ferriby's Curtis Bateson jumped to the top of the goal scoring list. Although he has only scored in three games he now has seven goals. The full League table is below whilst this Saturday's fixtures are: AFC Fylde v Tamworth; AFC Telford U v Harrogate T; Alfreton T v Hednesford T; Boston U v Chorley; Bradford PA v Solihull Moors; FCUM v Corby T; North Ferriby U v Gloucester C; Nuneaton T v Gainsborough Tr; Stalybridge Cel v Lowestoft T; Worcester C v Curzon Ashton.
|Home Games||Away Games||GD||PT|
|8||North Ferriby U||8||1||3||0||6||2||1||2||1||9||8||5||11|
|10||FCU of Manchester||8||1||2||1||8||8||2||0||2||7||5||2||11|
|22||AFC Telford U||8||1||1||2||2||3||0||0||4||1||7||-7||4|
The reserve team's positive start to the season continued on Sunday with a 4-3 victory at Ashton United. The basis of the victory was three goals in the first half, which came from Jordan Rogers, a Danny Murray penalty and Antoine Recizac. The all important fourth goal came from top scorer George West with a few minutes left. The Lancashire League side start their cup campaign at Buxton on Wednesday. Meanwhile the Academy side are back in action on Monday night when they host Burscough's youngsters at Myerscough College.