Match Preview: Stockport vs Tamworth

The Hatters take on another play-off rival this weekend, with Tamworth FC the visitors to Edgeley Park in what is another massive game for both sides. 

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Team news: 

Josh Amis missed the midweek match at AFC Fylde with an ankle strain but could make the squad for this weekend’s match, with Kayode Odejayi the most likely player to make way in response. John Marsden will not feature after recently signing on a one-month loan with AFC Telford, the striker has failed to make the match-day squad recently and the move is no surprise. Mark Ross will be hoping to keep his place in defence after a solid performance at the league leaders on Tuesday, whilst Kaine Felix will also be pushing for a  start after another decent performance off the bench.

Form: 

Tamworth’s form has been indifferent recently, with impressive victories over Gainsborough Trinity and Salford, they have ensured that they are still within reach of the play-offs, although their 4-3 home loss in midweek to Kidderminster will have put a dent in their hopes.

County, on the other hand, seem to be solid at the moment and are unbeaten in their last four matches. The Hatters have come through a tough run of games in 2017, with only one league defeat since the turn of the year, a 2-0 away loss to Kidderminster Harriers. Stockport’s last seven matches are all against teams below them in the table and Jim Gannon will be hoping that where others may slip up, County can get a good run of form going into the business end of the season.

League Table: 

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Table courtesy of Flashscores.co.uk

Manager’s Thoughts: 

Tamworth assistant manager Mike Fowler believes his side are still in with a shout at the play-offs, despite competition from a number of sides for that fifth placed spot.

“We are not going to give up. We will do everything. We will strain every single muscle we have to try and get there” he said told thelambs.co.uk earlier in the week.

“The lads are really keen. The enthusiasm in the group is good. They are grafting and grafting to keep the standards high to keep us on the coat tails of those above us.”


County manager James Gannon, was in a similar mood following the important point against Fylde.

“We’ve got seven games to go, we’re looking to push on and get our points into the mid seventies” he told Jon Keighren and County’s Official Youtube Channel in response to a question about making the play-offs.

“It’s a massive game on Saturday… We just need to be as professional as we have been in the last two games, we need to work really hard and if the lads do that then we will pick up the points”.

Tickets: 

County are back at home this weekend and tickets will cost the usual £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5/free for children. The club are expecting another high attendance and will urge fans to turn up early or utilise the cash turnstiles.

Follow: 

If you can’t join the 4000 County fans expected to head to Edgeley Park come 3pm on Saturday, you can follow by tuning into Pure 107.8fm for radio commentary, flashscores.co.uk will also keep you updated with the score and league table whilst Sam Byrne will be providing twitter commentary on the match.

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