Stockport County entertain near-neighbours Curzon Ashton under the lights at Edgeley Park this Tuesday, as Jim Gannon’s side go in search of their league win of the season.
Curzon Ashton, nicknamed ‘The Nash’ and formed in 1963, play their Football at the Tameside stadium. They finished 14th last season (2016/17), just six places below the Hatters.
Despite a distinctly average campaign last year, The Nash started season in tremendous fashion, winning 4-0 against newly-relegated North Ferriby United on Saturday. The Hatters, however, will be bitterly disappointed with their own opening-day performance, as they stooped to a 1-0 defeat to National League North newcomers, Spennymoor Town.
The Tameside outfit are managed by long-time boss, John Flanagan, and their gaffer was cautiously upbeat when asked about his side’s chances following the weekend’s fixtures.
“We’ve had a great result on Saturday but Stockport County are a big side, it’s obviously one of my favourite grounds, we’ve won one game, it’s as simple as that. There is no need to get complacent”, he told the official club website.
Michael Clarke is expected to feature despite suffering a minor back injury at the weekend whilst Stephen O’Halloran may miss out after his injury at Spennymoor, with the defender likely being replaced by Chris Smalley. Adam Thomas, meanwhile, remains side-lined and is awaiting results of a scan to determine the extent of his injury.
The match will be played at Edgeley Park, with the Main Stand, Cheadle End and Popular Side open for home supporters and the Pop Side/Railway End allocated for away fans, depending on the weather.
All supporters should be wary of the A6 closure in Stockport town centre and factor these delays into their journey.
Edgeley Park, Hardcastle Road, Stockport SK3 9DD
Admission is priced at £15/£10/£5 and kick off will be 7.45pm.
Imagine FM will also be covering the game on 104.9fm
Tuesday night’s game is the first home match in the new campaign, as another tough test begins. So strap your seat belts on, support the lads and get ready for the typical County rollercoaster ride.
Without further ado, Come on COUNTY!
Author: Chris Crook