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Harrogate Town 0 -1 Stockport County

by Hal Boxhall-Dockree
26 December 2016

 HARROGATE TOWN 0 - 1 STOCKPORT COUNTY

 

A moment of brilliance from substitute Courtney Medden-Walters proved to be the difference as Stockport County’s impressive away form continued with a 1-0 win at The CNG Stadium.

 

Following a first half in which Michael Clarke clattered a header against the cross bar, and JP Pittman went closest for the home team, Jim Gannon introduced the eventual match winner after 66 minutes of action.

Just three minutes after entering the action a mix up between Peter Crook and Joe Colbeck resulted in the ball falling to Medden-Walters 30 yards out on the left touchline, the substitute then expertly lifted the ball over Crook and into the back of the net.

Town tried to force a leveller, with Joe Leesley sending dangerous crosses into the box, though the visiting defence held firm to move up to eighth place in the National League North.

Simon Weaver handed a first start of the season to James Cadman since the attacking midfielder returned to the club this month.

The visitors came within a fraction of breaking the deadlock six minutes in as a free kick was headed onto the bar, though Crook eventually gathered the rebound.

County had another chance just after the ten minute mark as Danny Lloyd got in down the left wing, but saw his ambitious chipped finish caught by Crook.

Town soon found their feet and carried a threat themselves as Joe Leesley fired wide on his right foot from 25 yards, before floating a cross inches over the head of Jack Emmett.

Emmett then almost created the opener when he drove at the County defence and slotted through JP Pittman whose shot was just wide of the post.

County Captain Mark Ross then tried his best to open the scoring, but dragged his shot wide of the near post.

Pittman had a strike off target minutes after the restart, but the visitors will have felt hard done by not to have been awarded a spot kick after Lloyd went to ground under pressure inside the Town box.

In the end it was a moment of magic from substitute Medden-Walters that broke the deadlock after capitalising on a mix up between Colbeck and Crook to lift into an empty net from way out on the left touchline.

Town tried to force a leveller, with Leesley sending dangerous crosses into the box, though the visiting defence held firm to move up to eighth place in the National League North; two places above defeated Town.

Harrogate Town: Crook, Colbeck, Ellis, Shiels, Swain, Emmett (Chilaka 75), Kerry, Burrell, Leesley, Cadman (Brooksby 55 (Ainge 80)), Pittman

Subs not used: Platt, Turner

Booked: Kerry

Stockport County: Hinchcliffe, Ross, Duxbury, Montrose, Clarke, Smalley, Miniham (Medden- Walters 66), Stofforth, Odejayi (Amis 72), Ball, Lloyd (Felix 89)

Subs not used: Ormson, Marsden

Goals: Medden Walters 69

Referee: R Wootton

Attendance: 1,055