Wigan Athletic 2 Stockport County 0 ( EFL Trophy Round 2) Wednesday 6 December 2023

    County exited the EFL Trophy going down 2-0 away to Wigan Athletic last night. The first half was a harrowing affair played out against the backdrop of arctic conditions that turned the 25000-seater stadium into a veritable torture chamber for the relatively small number of brave souls who made it to Lancashire to cheer their team on. For County the first half was an uphill battle as they struggled for cohesion, largely deprived of attacking opportunities and overrun in midfield , the half punctuated by goals from J Smith and Morrisson that were enough to see the home side looking relatively safe at the break 2-0 up. The second half was a different story as County used their available substitutes and stepped on the gas a touch dominating possession for long periods. Crucially however despite limiting Athletic to just two chances of note in the second half and very little in the way of attacking opportunity, County could not muster the goal their effort, work rate and domi

Aldershot Town 2 Stockport County 2 ( FA Cup Round 2 ) Sunday 3 December 2023

    County were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by National League Aldershot Town today at the Recreation Ground. Having gone behind early on, coming back from that to equalise in emphatic fashion almost immediately and then open the second half by taking the lead with a slick move, County looked set to succeed until a certain imprecision in their play allowed Shots back in it via a neat strike by Josh Stokes. Even then it was just possible for County supporters to be optimistic about the game`s outcome but alas, despite enjoying much late possession and forcing a few likely looking free kicks ,the County finishing was just not up to the standard required to see the job done. Indeed it was County on the back foot in the 96 th of 96 minutes defending Aldershot`s last throw of the dice as County`s match long propensity to give away cheap free kicks continued to the death. Thankfully Hinchliffe did the biz….claimed the ball   allowing Referee Paul Howard to blow for time and c