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Southport 0 Stockport County 3 ( FA Trophy 3rd QR Replay ) 29 November 2017

We had not won at Haigh Avenue since 1957 when a goal from Player Manager Willie Moir gave County a 1-0 win, and the bookies weren’t fooled were they, we were second favourites in this the second clash with the Sandgrounders in 5 days, and I was probably not alone in a decent County following, in expecting a difficult game this time around.   Willie Moir. That was how it looked beforehand…..when the game commenced…… a whole other scenario unfurled itself as County imposed themselves on a Southport team that had looked in decent nick on Saturday , never relinquishing control from the moment that Jason Oswell’s opener went in after 18 minutes to the game’s last gasp some   75 minutes later. It was a towering performance from County who made me eat my words early about `being up for it’ on Saturday- a really top showing was this! Loads impressed me in County white! First off I thought it was an immense team performance, and a particularly good defensive showing wi

Definitely Brackley.....not Nearly !!

With Brackley firmly cemented in the play-off positions, & County striving to achieve the consistency to do likewise, the time has come for Man-in-a-Hat to intervene (the collapsible top hat should guarantee a County win). Put simply, I must take one for the team, i.e. stay over in Brackley & wear the hat to the game. And, I am willing to undertake this sacrifice despite there being no Good Beer Guide pubs in Brackley. In fact, there isn’t even a Wetherspoons, which could lead to the troubling scenario of travelling County Supporters aimlessly wandering the streets of Brackley. However, it’s not all bad, as the Saints Bar at Churchill Way (which also welcomes away fans I gather), boasts real ale, including stouts, so that’s pre-match sorted (& post-match probably). Hospitable George? The plunge has well & truly been taken, with full matchday hospitality booked. Furthermore, I’m hoping to meet up with County legend George Haigh, who often dro

Stockport County 2 Southport 2 ( FA Trophy 3 QR) 25 November 2017

County managed to stay in the FA Trophy today ,thanks to yet another late/ late goal this time from Darren Stephenson, against Southport at Edgeley Park. It was Darren’s first league or cup goal in County colours, and hopefully will mark a turning point in the ex Chorley man’s County career. Add a magnificent 90 odd minutes from the young lads in the Cheadle End Upper Tiers ( they sang…chanted, and sang again…constantly…… when others were inclined to moan, with the blues trailing deep into the second half). Away Following ( Andrew Machin ) Those were about the only things for County’s long suffering following to look back on with pride in a game that, at times, struggled to reach the dizzy heights of mediocre. In short, I thought that neither team looked particularly up for this particular trophy, and whilst I can just about see perhaps that it might conceivably be a motivational problem to gee oneself up sufficiently for a 3 rd Qualifying Round….th