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Maidstone United 0 Stockport County 3 ( FA Trophy QF Replay ) 26 February 2019

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Six hours after the game finished the excitement….. and the raw overwhelming pride, in my team`s performance still lingers , keeping these old bones from going to bed!





I have just watched Stockport County of Vanarama National League North ( Division 6)thrash their opponents, Maidstone United of the National Premier( Division 5) comprehensively in Maidstone, to gain a place in the Semi Final of the FA Trophy. In a season of scintillating County showings, this ranks not far away from the best of them, and County`s 3-0 win by no means flattered them..






Faced with time off difficulties for players with another job, and a need perhaps to rest some first teamers and stretch the legs of others pressing for a place in his promotion chasing side, JG turned out a team with 5 changes from Saturday – not the first eleven everyone would automatically plump for necessarily, but not the swingeing insult that Salford City aimed at Maidstone in the round before- its about respect man!
By way of contrast Un…

Stockport County 1 Maidstone United 1 ( FA Trophy -Quarter Final) 23 February 2019

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On a day when promotion rivals Chorley lost at home, Countyearned themselves a second chance to despatch National Premier Maidstone United in the FA Trophy via a Quarter Final Replay on Tuesday evening , with a 1-1 draw today at Edgeley Park.





It was the result that no one wanted….an extra game…and all the other extras that that brings with it, but that`s how it is, and it wasa decent showing from the blues against a side a division higher than them, if truth be told.
In fact apart from the early minutes, when the Stones, backed by a vociferous following of just over 100, that included a way above average drummer, looked a touch bullish.

County got their bearings after that opening salvo from the visitors, but just when all was starting to look fine….it wasn`t…as Cassidy nicked one for the men in yellow and black, as the County back line were caught napping.
It took County just about 10 minutes to pull the lead back, and it came, unsurprisingly, via Warburton from a Walker corner.
One apiec…