Taking a look at County v Worcester City
Time constraints meant no preview for the Fylde game but we are back with a look at the Worcester City match, as County aim to capitalise on a series of Saturday home games. Following last week's Stalybridge result the players will be looking to give the County fans something to cheer about, following their recognition of the cracking support that they received, despite all that happened against Celtic.
Worcester's first visit came just 23 months ago, after County had dropped to tier 6 of English football for the first time. Saturday's visitors are still looking for their first goal as County have recorded 4-0 and 2-0 victories with goals from Kyle Jacobs 9, Rhys Turner 25 and Phil Jevons 44 & 60, in 2013-14, and Scott Spencer 16 and Kristian Dennis 37, last season.. Details below with links to All Things Stockport County match reports.
2013-14 NN 5 Oct 4-0 [match report]
2014-15 NN 16 Sep 2-0 [match report]
County score given first, NN - National League North
Another unbeaten home record, let's hope it's a different story to last Saturday.
A moderate start to the season (D-L-W) has turned into a poor one with four successive defeats. After a 2-1 victory over Lowestoft on 15 August, City lost 0-3 at high flyers Solihull, 3-2 when Chorley visited, 2-0 at Brackley, and finally 4-1 at home to Hednesford on Bank Holiday Monday.
WORCESTER CITY SQUAD
Worcester have already released two of the men who played for them earlier in the season, whilst bringing in a few new names to try and turn around their poor form. The new men include striker Nikolai Todorov on loan from Nottingham Forest. They will be hampered in coming weeks by the suspensions to be served by the four men who have been sent off already during the season. FA records indicate today that Sean Geddes and Ashley Vincent will be missing. By the way, the FA website has Danny Hurst due to miss next Saturday's game having been dismissed for preventing a goal scoring opportunity. I've not been able to track down details for Glenn Rule on the site.
A few days ago City's management duo Carl Heeley and Matt Gardiner, made another signing, bringing in Lee Hughes. Now 39 he is reported to still be in good shape, and during his 18 years in football, is not too far short of a record of 1 goal in every 2 games, even with some 600 or so games under his belt. His record against County, shows Lee scored as sub in his first game against us for West Bromwich in 1997. He went on to score 8 in 8 games in total for the Baggies v County. Lee also scored for Coventry and Oldham in his only games for these sides against the Hatters. 10 goals in 10 games, so let's hope he drops below his 100% average on Saturday. It certainly adds another threat to that of leading scorer Danny Nti.
|Name||App.Gls||Pos||Known Past Clubs (may not be complete)|
|Daniel Lloyd-Weston||1..0||G||Port Vale, Nantwich T(L), Cheltenham T, AELK [gre], Leek T, Norton U, Market Drayton T, Hereford U, Southport, Salford C(L), Newcastle T|
|Nathan Vaughan||6..0||G||Evesham U, Leamington, Willenhall T, Halesowen T, Newport Co, Chippenham T, Plymouth Arg, Kidderminster H|
|Ellis Deeney||7..0||LB/M||Aston Villa, Kettering T, Hinckley U|
|Danny Jackman||1+2..0||RB/M||Aston Villa, Cambridge U(L), COUNTY, Gillingham, Northampton T, Kidderminster H|
|Tyler Weir||5..0||FB||Worcester C, Gloucester C|
|Rob Elvins||3+1..0||CD||West Bromwich A, Cheltenham T(L), York C(L), Aldershot T, Woking(L), Worcester C, Solihull Moors|
|Alex Gudger||6+1..0||CD||Nuneaton T, Bedworth U(L), Rugby T|
|Clayton McDonald||5..0||CD||Manchester C, Walsall(L), Walsall, Port Vale, Bristol Rov(L), Macclesfield T(L), Chesterfield(L), Grimsby T, Tranmere Rov, Southport, Redditch U|
|Jacob Rowe||0+1..0||CD||Birmingham C, Redditch U(L), AFC Telford U, Redditch U, Worcester C, Poole T|
|Tom Sharpe||1..0||CD||Nottingham For, Bury(L), Halifax T(L), Kidderminster H, Hinckley U(L), DR to Leamington(DR), Brackley T|
|Tristan Dunkley||0+2..0||W||Loughborough Univ|
|Connor Gater||3+2..0||M||Halesowen T, Tipton, Belbroughton Ath, Sporting Khalsa|
|Sean Geddes||7..2||M||Manchester U, Walsall, Redditch U(L), Stourbridge|
|Sam Minihan||3..0||M||Rochdale, Loughborough Univ, Rochdale, Droylsden(L)|
|Kieran Morris||3..0||M||Leominster Minors, Hereford U, Manchester U, Walsall, Worcester C(L), Leamington(L), Wrexham(L)|
|George Nash||6..0||M||Loughborough Univ|
|Ashley Vincent||1+2..0||W||Wolverhampton W, Cheltenham T, Aldershot T(L), Colchester U(L), Colchester U, Port Vale, Cheltenham T, Shrewsbury T|
|Lee Hughes||0..0||F||West Bromwich A, Kidderminster H, West Bromwich A, Coventry C, West Bromwich A, Oldham Ath, Blackpool(L), Notts Co, Port Vale, Forest Green Rov, Kidderminster H, Ilkeston|
|Daniel Nti||7..3||F||Loughborough Univ|
|Ryan Rowe||5+1..2||F||Cradley T, Stourbridge, Kidderminster H, Stourbridge(L), Brackley T(L), Brackley T|
|Jamie Spencer||1+4..0||F||Coventry C, Birmingham C, Alvechurch, Rushall Oly, Redditch U, Kidderminster H|
|Nikolai Todorov||1..0||F||Nottingham For|
Solihull really are setting the pace at present lying 3 points clear. They also lead the goal scoring charts with only Corby Town, with 15, anywhere close to the Moors tally of 19, and no-one can touch their +14 goal difference.
The positions around County ahead of Saturday's game are:
The top scorers list still shows three men tied. Darryl Knights (Solihull Moors), Ashley Sammons (Corby T) and Dayle Southwell (Boston U) each have 6 goals.
Looking at the highest attendances in the National League North the figure is currently alternating between County and FC United. Details so far thsi season are shown below. Presumably this alternating pattern is likely to continue until FC United visit Edgeley Park on 5th December, when the attendance is likely to reach a level that other clubs will find very difficult to match.
3,396 COUNTY v Boston U (8 Aug)
3,580 FCUM v Tamworth (15 Aug)
3,628 COUNTY v Stalybridge Cel (15 Aug)
3,830 FCUM v Curzon Ashton (31 Aug)
Meanwhile, County have teams competing in League competitions at three levels for the first time in 10 years; a positive step in the club's plan to develop layers from 16 to the first team. The Academy side, playing in the U18 Floodlit League, started their competitive games with a long journey to Cumbria. From Barrow's twitter coverage of the game, it sound like the County lads showed some good ability, dominating the play at times, but also showed the knack of breaking, whilst under pressure, to punish the opposition. Alan Lord's youngsters came away with a 3-0 victory. The League involves teams playing each other once a season. County's home games are scheduled to be played at Myerscough College, but there is one more local game that could give Hatters fans a chance to watch the Academy lads. The list of fixtures on the FA's Full Time website shows a game on 16th November at Manchester Gregorians. This is currently scheduled for the Belle Vue Arena. More on that nearer the time.