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Stockport County (A) Match Preview

2 February 2024

Fresh from another victory on the road in midweek Town travel to league leaders Stockport County this weekend knowing that victory could see them move into the playoff positions.

The 2-1 win at Sutton means Simon Weaver’s side has taken 19 points out of a possible 24 to move up to eighth in the League Two table. Equally as impressive they have posted seven wins from the past nine away from home and no other side averages more than Town’s 1.86 points per game on their travels.

Our opponents

This is Stockport's second consecutive season back in the EFL after over a decade in the National League and National League North level. After a tricky start back in League Two a season ago, County found their feet to make the playoffs, falling at the final hurdle to Carlisle via a penalty shoot-out.

This season they have been the pacesetters though, at one stage recording 12 consecutive league wins between September and November and they come into the game in top spot with a five point gap to second-placed Wrexham.

Unsurprisingly they boast an impressive home record, winning 10 of their 15 games for a return of 33 points.

County were busy in the January window too, bringing in Ethan Bristow, Rico Richards, Rhys Bennett and Lewis Cass on loan as well as making Odin Bailey’s loan move from Salford permanent.

Previous meetings

The previous league meeting at Edgeley Park in September 2022 saw the two sides play out a goalless draw.

County did the get better of Town earlier this season when Antoni Sarcevic, a Warren Burrell own goal and a Will Collar strike put the visitors three goals to the good before a George Thomson penalty reduced the arrears fifteen minutes from time.

The man in charge

Dave Challinor is the man in charge at Edgeley Park, having left Hartlepool early last season after taking them into the EFL, securing promotion at the first attempt.

He will be a familiar face to Town fans having previously squared off against the club during his spell in the dugout at AFC Fylde, where he earned three promotions to take them into the National League.

After leaving the club in October 2019, he was appointed manager of Hartlepool a month later and guided them back into the EFL via the playoffs that season.

Challinor was also a former County player, spending two seasons there after starting his career at Tranmere. He later moved on to Bury where he finished his league career after almost 400 appearances.

Ones to watch

Isaac Olaofe leads the way in the scoring charts having found the net 15 times so far this season. Reliable goalscorers Paddy Madden and Kyle Wootton have eight and six respectively, in reduced gametime due to injuries over the season.

Veteran Antoni Sarcevic is one of a host of midfield options for Dave Challinor, along with the likes of Will Collar, Ryan Croasdale and Callum Camps.

Fraser Horsfall has been a solid ever present at the back since arriving from Northampton at the start of last season and Macauley Southam-Hayles will pose a threat with his six assists from a marauding full-back position.

History

Whilst the club were first formed back in 1883, they have been known as Stockport County since 1890 and joined the Football League ten years later.

In the post-war period the club would spend life in the bottom two divisions, earning a number of promotions but being unable to remain in the third tier for any sustained period.

The turning point in their fortunes came with appointment of Danny Bergara in 1989, with the Uruguayan earning a first promotion in the 1990/91 season as well as leading the Hatters to multiple Wembley trips.

The 1990’s would undoubtedly become the club’s most successful period, featuring in the old first division for five seasons as well as the League Cup semi-finals in 1996/97.

Dave Jones took over in 1995 and took the club into the second tier following promotion in 1996/97, before departing for Southampton and being replaced by Gary Megson – who led the side to a best-ever eighth placed finish in his first season.

The club fell back through the divisions in the early 2000’s though, before dropping out of the Football League altogether in 2010/11, and a further relegation to National League North was experienced in 2012/13.

2018/19 saw the club return to the fifth tier before the title win in 2021/22 capped a return back to the EFL.

Team news

Town continue to be without longer term absentees Mark Oxley, Lewis Thomas, Rod McDonald and Sam Folarin but will have deadline day loan signings Tom Bloxham and Derek Abu straight into the squad.

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Match Reports

Stockport 1-1 Town - Cornelius on target as Town continue unbeaten start to 2024 at league leaders

3 February 2024

Harrogate Town continued their unbeaten start to 2024 with an impressive point away at league leaders Stockport County.

Another Matty Daly assist had helped Town into a 16th minute lead, his unselfish pass setting up Dean Cornelius for the finish.

County levelled after half an hour through Connor Lemonheigh Evans who continued his good run in front of goal, converting Macauley Southam-Hales low cross.

Simon Weaver made two changes from Tuesday night's win at Sutton with Derrick Abu replacing Charlton-bound Kayne Ramsay, and Matty Foulds returning from injury to replace Toby Sims.

With a big crowd behind them, Stockport started on the front foot, but needed a last ditch challenge from Macauley Southam-Hales to prevent Abraham Odoh a good opportunity at opening the scoring.

Town took the lead in the 16th minute, moments after Ben Hinchcliffe had reacted well to keep out George Thomson’s deflected effort, a skilful turn from Matty Daly took him away from a Stockport defender and into a shooting position, but instead of having a go himself he unselfishly squared the ball to Dean Cornelius for an easy finish.

The league leaders responded well with attack after attack, though found Liam Gibson in fine form at centre half to intercept dangerous looking deliveries from Evans and Bristow within minutes of each other.

An equaliser arrived on the half hour mark after an attack down the right, low delivery into the box and close range finish from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans.

The County attacks kept coming, from the left this time as Odin Bailey flung his head at a cross and saw his attempt land just wide. Moments later James Belshaw was forced to rush out and claim the loose ball when Tanto Oloafe got a toe to another delivery into the Town box.

Oloafe had a golden chance to put his side ahead just before the half time whistle, but headed wide of Harrogate’s goal from a few yards out.

The hosts created their first chance of the second half after three minutes, substitute Ibou Touray heading towards the bottom corner, but being denied by Belshaw at full stretch. Town’s keeper would go into the Referee’s book a few minutes later for what Ben Toner deemed time wasting.

Town managed to limit their hosts creativity after though, but were forced into a change on 65 after a strong Akil Wright challenge left Abraham Odoh needing help off the pitch, with Jeremy Sivi taking his place.

With 20 to play Evans was hunting for his second afternoon, receiving an intricate pass before firing across the face of goal, the last touch coming off a Town player, but the resulting corner coming to nothing.

Belshaw had to be at his best to stop County taking the lead in the final ten minutes as he twice denied substitute Myles Hippolyte, the first save a fine reflex stop to tip over a fierce strike.

That would be the closest the league leaders would come to a winner, with the 243 travelling Town fans heading back to Yorkshire with their 2024 unbeaten run still in tact.

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Ticket News

Stockport (A) Ticket Information

8 December 2023

Tickets for our upcoming SkyBet League Two trip to Stockport County are now all on sale.

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Stockport County (A) - Saturday 3rd February - Kick Off: 3.00pm

Away fans information pack

Harrogate Town supporters will be located in The Together Stand, Block 5 & Block 4 (Covered). Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult £22
  • Senior (65+) £16
  • Disabled £16
  • Personal Assistant £0
  • Student £16
  • Youth (14-17) £10
  • Junior (6-13) £8
  • Child (0-5) £2

Any child under the age of 14 MUST be accompanied by a full paying Adult/Senior

Entrance to the stadium: Away fans will be accessing the stadium through Gate F ,this is a different entrance to last season. The Away Ticket Office is located in The Cheadle End car park, buying tickets in advance is highly recommended and ticket purchases on the day will be subject to availability.

Parking: For the 23/24 season there will be no supporter car park on site, the closest parking would be- Alexandra Park, SK3 9NE.

Ticket Collections: Any uncollected tickets can be collected from our away ticket office located in our car park 90 minutes before kick-off.

All tickets are physical tickets (not e-tickets/pdfs). Therefore, please collect from our Official Club Store during opening times or email to arrange collection from the EnviroVent Stadium at half-time at one of our home games.

We can arrange for a small number of tickets to be collected on the day at the opposition’s Stadium from the away ticket office / turnstile (please bring ID and provide your name on arrival) if you cannot collect prior to the game. However, numbers are limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.

Away Travel

The Independent Supporters Club will be running a coach. Contact Jordan on 07989 969575 to book and for any further information.

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