Stockport County 1 Boston United 0 ( Vanarama National League- North) 20 March 2018

`Watch out all you National League North contenders ….Stockport County are coming !’ was the clear message that rang out from a steadily cooling Edgeley Park last night.
The air, circa 9.45, may have been somewhat bitter, but a warm glow emanated from County supporters who had just seen their team storm to seventh spot in the division, and into a play off spot, with a well deserved 1-0 win against Boston United.
In truth, with Boston playing the most negative ofgames from the off in which time wasting was of the essence, much of the match was of a tedious even boring nature, as Referee Gareth Rhodes continually interrupted the flow for free kicks, as man after man,the Pilgrims lined up to give the official their names.
If Boston had little to commend them, although County struggled to test Jon Stewart( of whom more later) , with Jimmy Ball, Michael Clarke and Scott Duxbury firing on full from the first whistle, the blues were alwaysthe better team.
It was wholly fitting that , having suff…

Away Ground Guide- Bradford Park Avenue ( Friday30 March 2018)


Gainsborough Trinity 2 Stockport County 3 (Vanarama National League- North)17 March 2018

County secured 3 vital points to sustain their play off ambitions at Gainsborough Trinity’s Northolme Stadium today, defying snow storms and a tough as teak Trinity side that, although outclassed for much of the game, still maintained an interest until late on thanks togoals from Nathan Jarman and Nathan Stainfield.
Fortunately Jim Gannon’s County team notched three, oneeach from Rhys Turner , Adam Thomas and Jimmy Ball.
A late blizzard seemed to imbue Trinity with renewed vigour despite being 3-1 down at the time. When Stainfield  nabbed their second…… forcing the ball home on the end of a free kick ,it was perhaps tempting to wonder whether the white shirted blues would leak another and come home with only one point or less.
Not so……and credit goes to the County team in shed loads for a performance that augers well for the seasons run in.
Having traversed Woodhead in the Flyer in really good time under conditions well short of favourable......

 it was  the bleakest of scenes circa 3 o’cl…