MATCH CENTRE | Stockport County

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SETTING THE SCENE

The two form sides in the National League come head to head in a crunch clash at the top of the National League North on Saturday.

Moors have won their last seven in the league, conceding just twice in that time frame, while Stockport have won 11 of their previous 14 fixtures, last tasting defeat at Blyth on November 20th, 2018.

All eyes will be fixed on Edgeley Park with just one point separating County, who are second with a game in on leaders Chorley, and Spennymoor in third, who boast games in hand on both the Hatters and the Magpies.

Moors will be the fresher of the two sides with kick-off coming a week on from a tight 1-0 win over Leamington at The Brewery Field. Stockport racked up the miles on Tuesday evening as they were forced to contest a replay at National League outfit Maidstone in the FA Trophy.

Jim Gannon’s side cruised through the semi-final, winning 3-0 and setting up a two-legged tie with AFC Fylde.

The clash also sees the leagues two top goal scorers in action, with Glen Taylor (19) and Matty Warburton (16) looking to propel their respective teams to a crucial win.

STATS CENTRE

  • Stockport and Spennymoor are the top two form sides over the previous 25 league games. Moors are top having collected 56 points from a possible 75. County have collected 52. The next side to pick up the most, Brackley Town, have picked up just 44.
  • This fixture sees the league’s tightest defences come face to face. County have conceded 28 in 31 games, an average of 0.90 goals per game, while Moors have let in 31 in 30 games, an average of 0.97 per game.
  • After a gap of 368 days between their previous two fixtures, the two sides meet again having met just 82 days ago at The Brewery Field.
  • Mark Anderson has scored in three consecutive games after a run of just four goals in the previous 11 matches.
  • Spennymoor boast the strongest away record in the division, winning 31 points from a maximum of 48.

LAST TIME WE MET

THE OPPOSITION

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Much like Spennymoor, had it not been for an indifferent start to the season, County may well have been clear at this stage of the campaign. Just three wins from their opening ten games, plus defeats to York, Alfreton, Kidderminster and Boston United, left County needing a string of wins to climb back up the table. The Hatters responded, and have lost just once in their last 21 league fixtures, collecting 48 points from a maximum of 63. That surging run of form, paticulary from December onwards, has seen them become one of the favourites for the title.

County have also been heavily involved in cup competitions this season, reaching the semi-finals of the FA Trophy earlier this week courtesy of a 3-0 at Maidstone in a replay following a 1-1 draw at Edgeley Park last Saturday. They will face AFC Fylde in the semi-finals, adding to a hectic end of season schedule. Jim Gannon also led his side to the Second Round of the FA Cup, winning 3-1 at League Two outfit Yeovil Town in November

The 1-0 defeat at Barnet in early December proved to be the catalyst for a memorable two months for County. In fact, it was a 3-1 win at The Brewery Field on 11th December that proved to be the springboard for consecutive wins. A perfect Christmas period saw the Hatters win five in a row without conceding against tough opposition. County’s previous two league wins have been 3-2 home wins, the same scoreline they produced against Moors in the 2017/18 season.

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LAST FIVE RESULTS

 26/2/19 | FA TROPHY QF REPLAY | Maidstone 0-3 STOCKPORT

23/2/19 | FA TROPHY QF | STOCKPORT 1-1 Maidstone

19/2/19 | NLN | STOCKPORT 3-2 Southport

16/2/19 | NLN | STOCKPORT 3-2 AFC Telford

9/2/19 | NLN | Guiseley 1-1 STOCKPORT

ONE TO WATCH | MATTY WARBURTON

Prolific, highly-rated attacker Warburton joined the Hatters in May 2017 after scoring 13 goals in just 16 appearances for Curzon Ashton in the National League North. He has also scored goals for Maine Road and Salford City and can play as a centre forward or as a ‘Number 10’. Last season he scored 21 goals in 45 appearances to help fire County into the end-of-season Play Offs.

He has taken the National League North by storm in 2018/19, scoring 16 times in the league and collecting the overall January player of the month award.

INFO FOR TRAVELLING MOORS SUPPORTERS

Edgeley Park
16 Hardcastle Rd, Stockport SK3 9DD
 

VISITING SUPPORTERS: 

Visiting supporters will be accommodated in our all-seated Vernon (South) Stand. Due to the conditions of our Safety Certificate, supporters will be segregated. No transfers will be permitted once inside the ground. 

Cash-only turnstiles. 

ADMISSION PRICES: Vernon (South) Stand (Access is via East Stand Turnstiles 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Hardcastle Road) 

Adults (18+) £15 

*Concessions £10 i) Students in full-time education 

ii) over 65’s 

iii) disabled supporters (wheelchair helper/carer free) 

Aged 6-17’s £5 

**Under 6’s FREE With a paying adult 

Anyone requesting disabled tickets must contact the ticket office prior to the game on – 0161 266 2700 Ext 251

Supporters travelling by car and/or coach: Supporters should be informed that there will be no parking at the ground. Pay-and-display parking is available on Castle Street, Edgeley, a short walk from the stadium (see below).