Stockport County Under 19's 4 FC Halifax 4 ( Halifax win 3-2 on penalties) League Cup- 6 November 2017

Fortune did not favour the brave this afternoon when County went down 3-2 on penalties to FC Halifax Town,  after a pulsating encounter that finished 4-4  after 90 minutes.
Make no mistake about it, this Halifax side were a very tough nut to crack indeed, having won four of their last 5 games and amassed 21 goals in doing so ,with very few conceded.
If  the Jeremiahs in our midst were therefore expecting a drubbing for County, this very definitely did not happen, but the opening minutes did show us how together the Yorkshire lads were as a team, and the County defence ...expertly marshalled by Jordan Downing , and protected throughout by Will Holt and Jordan Peach in midfield, responded well, albeit that keeper Alex Gorse was called on to make a couple of decent saves.
Alex Gorse makes a decent save. the main Town's finishing was not matching the quality of their approach play ,but they had enough about them to snatch the lead with a well executed goal with 15 minutes on the clock.
It took County just 4 minutes to make that Halifax lead disappear, and it was a brilliant effort from Szymon Czubik that did it, and it signalled the start of a up-turn in County's play, and with Czubik in excellent form another goal always looked a possibility.
Czubik a live wire !
Czubik makes it 1-1

County finished the half on the attack , having looked the sharper outfit going forward by that time, and 1-1 ..against this Halifax side, was a pretty useful position to be in at the break.

With Alex Jackson to the fore , and full backs Callum Hewitt and Josh Robinson pushing on down the flanks, County began the second half as they had ended the first- but somehow managed to leak a goal as an up and under from way out wide was forced home midst a melee in the County box.
Jackson working hard.
That was a shock....but it took County little time to get back in it,  getting their reward 62 minutes in , when Jackson took advantage of some brilliantly opportunist work from Czubik to slam the equaliser home.

Jackson  in good form.
County were on top now and the pressure mounted on Halifax , and it was no surprise when County took the lead.
Again Czubik was the catalyst- making up for a silly booking moments earlier to steal possession in an improbable fashion, before sliding the neatest of passes inside to Terry Wallace , who forced the ball home under pressure.
Town under pressure
Wallace took a knock shortly after this , and was replaced by Sadji El Hassam.
County were pushing on with a vengeance now - Robinson in fine form surging down the left wing in spectacular fashion.
It was simply no surprise at all when County increased their lead, and this was the best goal of the game- started by Jackson, and gloriously finished by Ollie Forshaw who volleyed home from the edge of the box.

Ollie makes it 4-2 with 7 mins kleft.
There were just 7 minutes left when that one went in, and it looked like County's wasn' just 3 minutes later Halifax  made it 4-3, and one minute on equalised again .
The last 3 minutes saw County press for the winner , with Holt and Jackson both seeing shots saved in the dying embers of normal time, by the Town keeper, but it stayed 4-4 at the final whistle.

The game was decided by penalties, and County's takers( in order) were....
Alex Jackson , Will Holt, Callum Hewitt, Sadji El Hassam, Szymon Czubik.
And here's how it went......
1, Keeper saves Alex Jackson's kick....0-0

2. Halifax put kick wide.......0-0

3. Will Holt scores....1-0

4. Halifax score ....1-1

5.  Callum Hewitt scores....2-1

6.  Halifax score.......2-2

7.  Sadji's kick is saved....2-2

8.  Halifax score....2-3

9. Szymon's kick is saved - 2-3

Really good game that , one which County will feel unlucky not to have won, but against a team with a reputation it was no disgrace  .... plenty to come from these County lads for sure!

County line up:
Gorse, Hewitt, Robinson,Peach, Downing, Millington, Hossier( Wallace 67/ El Hassam 77)) Holt, Czubik, Jackson, Farnworth( Forshaw 46).  
Subs not used:  Willan, Salmon-Harris.


And here's an Additional Gallery, and maybe another gallery added tomorrow....

Just in,a second Additional Gallery,, this time supplied by david wright media services.......


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