Stockport County 4-1 Bradford Park Avenue

County came up against a side that were 6 points ahead of them in the league, but it didn’t show as Bradford PA were comfortably beaten in front if the 2100 County fans.

Liam Dickinson scored his first goal since rejoining County and what a goal it was, a quick turn and shot inside 3 minutes from the corner of the box showed that there still is life in the old dog yet.

The goal seemed to give County the confidence to play some decent football and it paid dividends 14 minutes later when Rhys Turner dunked over the BPA keeper Lamb, County continued to play very well for the whole of the first half, BPA scored on the stroke of half time but that doesn’t fit in with the Ethos of this match report so we’ll skim over it.

HT: County 2-1 Bradford Park Avenue

Despite purchasing a HT draw ticket, we did not win this week.
Golden Ball watch: Nobody claimed the ticket, so overall a disappointing half time.

County came out in the 2nd half carrying on exactly where they left off, within 7 minutes of the restart Iain Howard scored a deflected goal, which looped over the Keeper Lamb, who was by now getting some stick about his ‘weight’, in fairness to the chubby guy he dished it out himself with a few sneaky curses of his own.

County, in the 57th minute, got a penalty under slightly dubious circumstances, the linesman flagged for a handball which the referee didn’t see (good work linesman!), Jevo cooly slotted the ball home to make it 4-1 and effectively game over.

This ‘job done’ attitude showed for the last 30 minutes, as County relaxed and invited pressure onto themselves. Fortunately, this week the County central defence of Fagbola and Cowen held firm winning most of their headers. County managed to see out the game for a comfortable win ahead of their next home game in 2 days time. Other talking points included the referee being useless as usual and Craney making a return to the side, coming on as a late substitute and playing upfront for 10 minutes or so???

Overall though, a very convincing win and well done to the Hatters. They’re now 17th, 9 points ahead of Saturdays opponents Workington and 14 points of play off places. Onwards and upwards!

Animo et Fide

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