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Help the Hatters- A Monday Morning Snapshot !

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Morale was at a low ebb , it being a Monday, as hedgegrower made his way to Edgeley Park for the fifth Help the Hatters Working Party session of this current close season.
The sun was shining timidly behind a bank of impenetrable northern clouds andwhipped by a slightly unseasonal breeze.
No matter…Help the Hatters were soon arriving….not in as great a number for sure,with numerous staunch workers either on holiday or working elsewhere…..but arriving none the less they were and the first of these was Jordan Stanway who , in a break from College, was showing up for the first time!
Just back from holiday and looking disgustingly healthy, Treasurer John Gaskin soon set about pairing persons with jobs and Jordan was the first to cop in this respect, being assigned to sweep the Railway End with Angela.
Meanwhile Anne , as usual, was hard at work under the Danny Stand priming sundry surfaces for Phase 2 of the superbly executed paint job in the corridors twixt the Bar and the Board Room.
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End of Season Travel Blues

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

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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…