Match Preview: Stockport County vs Chorley

The Hatters take on Chorley at Edgeley Park this weekend in a match that could see County move back into the play-off positions on the Vanarama National League North. 

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Team news: 

County were without the industrious Sam Minihan last week as the right-back suffered with a groin injury, but Gannon is hoping the former Rochdale scholar will be back in contention this weekend and could replace Mark Ross in defence or Courtney Meppen-Walters in midfield.

In attack, Josh Amis, Kayode Odejayi and Sefton Gonzales are all in contention to lead the line up front, it’s likely that Gannon will choose between Josh Amis, who caused the Magpies trouble in the reverse early this year, and new signing Sefton Gonzales, who actually played for Chorley at Victory Park against the Hatters.

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Previously: 

In three attempts, County have never beaten Chorley at Edgeley Park. In fact since relegation to the NLN, we’ve only scored once against the Lancashire side at home, a Jake Kirby strike from 20 yards last season.

More recently, County have been more fortunate, a Ben Hinchliffe assist and a Danny Lloyd goal meant that 1000 County fans earlier this year saw a first victory over The Magpies.

Form: 

That game was our last victory before a tricky November month, which saw County win one match in seven. Since then, however, County have lost only one league game, which came last week in an away defeat to Kidderminster Harriers.

At Edgeley Park, The Hatters are actually unbeaten since the unfortunate 2-1 defeat to Bradford Park Avenue 4 months ago, a game in which Danny Lloyd hit the bar from the penalty spot, an opportunity that would have seen his side go 2-0 up.

Chorley in 2017 have been indifferent and unpredictable. Out of a possible nine games this year they have won four matches, with only one of those coming on the road. Out of the current top six, they look the most likely to be caught by County after a struggle for consistency since Christmas. They have, however, won their last two matches in the league against Alfreton and Kidderminster and will no doubt be dangerous tomorrow.

Table: 

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County could go a point behind The Magpies with a victory this weekend, whilst bettering Halifax’s result would see County move into the play-offs, temporarily at least. 

Tickets: 

The game will no doubt be a popular one tomorrow and is arguably more important than the FC United match a fortnight ago. Chorley are travelling in numbers and their official coach services have sold out in anticipation of the game. Expect 400+ Chorley supporters to make the trip and another potential 4000+ crowd when you take the Blue & White Army into account.

Tickets can be purchased on the day and cost £15/£10/£5 respectively. The club have advised supporters to turn up early to beat the queues or to use the cash turnstiles in operation at the Cheadle End and Danny Begara stands.

More information on Chorley, click here.

Predict in the Everything Hatters prediction league here.

Player statistics for 2016/17 can be found here.

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