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Paint, Wind a Load of Rubbish and a Bent Floodlight!

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Ian Watts Looks at Macc Ahead of Saturday's Game.

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Next up for County is the first of two weekend games against clubs from the level of football we will be trying to reach for the 18-19 season. This weekend's visitors are fellow Cheshire side Macclesfield Town. Macc have only played two matches so far in their preparation, the latest being a 1-0 home victory over Bury. The Macc manager recently reported he had only eight players signed, so we can assume many of the names below are trialists, a few will ring a bell to the County fans,
The side that beat Bury thanks to a late Scott Wilson goal was:
Shwan Jalal, Jared Hodgkiss, David Fitzpatrick, unnamed Trialist, Keith Lowe, Elliot Durrell, Fraser Kerr, Mitch Hancox, Scott Burgess, Danny Whitaker, Richard Brodie. Subs - Alex Gogic, Tyler Little, Courtney Meppen-Walter, Scott Wilson, Ryan Lloyd, Jimmy Phillips, Andrew Dawber, Kieren Kennedy, Tyrone Marsh, Courtney Richards, Ejiro Okosieme
The report on their website emphasised the good performance of keeper Shwan Jalal, who is starting …

Ashton United 1 Stockport County 0 ( Friendly-18 July 2017)

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Deep into County’s pre-season, and following a severe test from Championship contenders Preston North End , just 3 days earlier, which they had passed with honours, it was time for JG to ring the changes and dig deeper into his squad and beyond for the visit to Ashton United.
There were 9 changes to the blues starting 11 against the Evo Stik Premier side which made for maximum interest if not the same level of cohesion.
They did well enough though, particularly in the opening half hour or so, but whilst the defence was pretty solid, and my M.O.M Scott Duxburyfound time to get forward frequently and to excellent effect , combining neatly with Adam Thomas , there was never enough sharpness in the final third from County’s forward’s to sufficiently discomfort a home back line marshalled bravely by Aaron Chalmers.

I thought that Adam Etches looked lively, and along with George West worked hard, but the forwards generally struggled to make an impression , and George really should have done be…