Taking a look at County v Worcester City

ANOTHER SATURDAY, ANOTHER HOME GAME

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.

PAST MEETINGS

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.

CURRENT FORM

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.

CURRENT CONNECTIONS

Danny Jackman came to County on loan from Aston Villa to brighten up the squad. He impressed enough after joining on 31 October 2003 to be signed for £70,000 on the final day of the year. Danny played around two-thirds of County's games over two seasons but was transfer listed after the side were relegated from League 1. Danny is from a Worcester City family as his grandfather, who passed away earlier this year, also played for the club. From the County ranks, Micah Evans, spent time on loan at Worcester last season. Micah scored twice in seven game, although he started only three of those.

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.


NameApp.GlsPosKnown 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
Jamie Smith 0..0 LB -
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
Dean Waldron 0..0 M -
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




PAST CONNECTIONS

The 11 players who have played for both clubs above includes two men who have managed Worcester City. Centre Half Eddie Stuart went to Worcester after being released by County in 1968. Veteran Eddie had helped County to the Division Four Championship the season before and at Worcester City he put in a stint as Player Manager before retiring from the game. In the front line is Andy Preece. Andy scored that memorable goal against QPR in the FA Cup before being sold to Premier League Crystal Place during the summer. His spell at Worcester was his second as he had started out in midlands non-league football before breaking into the fully pro-ranks. The current Airbus UK boss was player manager at City in the mid 2000's.

Another Midlands' non-league striker is also included in Johnny Muir. County fans were somewhat surprises when Danny Bergara signed John from Doncaster Rovers. He had already served around 7 midland sides including Worcester. Whilst not scoring as frequently as Preece and teammate Kevin Francis, John scored 3 times in 12 starts. John is pictured centre with Danny Bergara and Kevin Francis either side of him.

A LOOK AT NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH

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:

Pos Pld HW HD Hl HF HA AW AD Al AF AA GD PT
2 Harrogate T 7 3 1 0 7 3 2 0 1 3 2 5 16
3 Nuneaton T 7 2 1 1 3 2 2 1 0 5 3 3 14
4 COUNTY 7 1 1 1 3 5 3 1 0 7 4 1 14
5 Tamworth 7 2 1 0 4 2 1 3 0 4 3 3 13
6 AFC Fylde 7 2 1 1 7 5 2 0 1 4 4 2 13
7 Gainsborough Tr 7 2 1 0 5 2 1 1 2 5 6 2 11




Its first v second on Saturday as Moors host Harrogate, the other fixtures involving the teams above are Curzon Ashton v Nuneaton T; Tamworth v Stalybridge Cel; Gloucester C v AFC Fylde; and Gainsborough Tr v Corby T.
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)

IN RESERVE

A second brace of the season for George West helped County to a 3-3 draw at New Mills last Friday night, in the first Lancashire League away game of the season. They are in action again on Sunday, with a reported 2.00 pm kick off at Ashton United's Hurst Cross ground.
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.

Ian Watts

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