County made light work of 9th tier Cheadle Town at the Park Road Stadium, as Gannon handed game time to seven academy prospects.
Alex Jackson and Josh Robinson, operating on both flanks, made their competitive debut for the Hatters, whilst Will Holt, Tom Whitty and Jordan Downing all also started, with the latter being made captain.
The academy stars, alongside some trusted senior players, started well and were 5-1 up at half time. Bohan Dixon and Adam Thomas scoring a brace each and Harry Brazel adding one in added time at the end of the first half.
County did not relent after half-time either, Dixon grabbed his hat-trick 12 minutes after the restart and George West scored his first of the season on 69 minutes.
Substitutes Adam Etches and debutant Szymon Czubik combined late on with the latter scoring his first competitive goal from close range.
FT: Cheadle Town 1-8 Stockport County
On to the first round for the Hatters, who will certainly face tougher tests as they look to secure the trophy they won for the first time back in 2016.
Scorers: Dixon (17, 43, 57), Thomas (26, 30), Brazel (46), West (69), Czubik (81).
Squad: Ormson, Jackson, Robinson, Holt, Downing, Whitty, Thomas (Czubik, 60), Brazel, West (Peach, 75), Dixon, Stephenson (Etches, 60).
Unused Subs: Smith, Hoshieh.