It was a mixed bag for Stockport County this week who, after losing 4-1 to Harrogate during the week, returned in style with a fine victory over York at Edgeley Park on Saturday. Here’s our round-up of the news this week.
1 – Club denounce Sale Sharks rumours
A tweet from BBC Sports Journalist Richard Askam, in which he quoted Simon Orange (Sale’s majority owner) stating they’re looking into moving back to EP, prompted serious concern from the vast majority of the Hatters fan base, and the club moved quickly to quash supporters concerns.
In a statement published on COWS, Steve Bellis stated that the club are still looking to purchase Edgeley Park back from the council. But whilst the County hierarchy stopped short of stating they’d had no prior contact with the rugby club, they did argue that there was ‘no appetite for any ground-sharing agreement’.
2 – Dan Cowan signs until 2019
Defensive stalwart Dan Cowan, who signed from Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2017, this week agreed to extend his time at the club until the end of the 2018/19 season.
The right-back has flourished in the absence of the injured Sam Minihan, playing 35 times already this season, more than any other player.
3 – Harrogate ease past Hatters
A Tuesday night fixture against full-time, second placed Harrogate Town was always going to be a tough ask. But the 4-1 defeat that County received at the hands of their Yorkshire opponents was a frustrating one for supporters and players alike.
Four sloppy goals, two conceded either side of half-time, was enough to render Chris Smalley’s fourth goal of the season a mere consolation as the club made the journey home with their tails between their legs.
4 – Gannon considers overnight stay for FA Trophy tie
County manager Jim Gannon has admitted that an overnight stay ahead of the trip to Maidenhead is an option for his side.
The Hatters, who face the Berkshire side this coming weekend, are now only three rounds from Wembley and Gannon is hoping that professional preparation helps the club secure victory.
5 – County defence plays starring role in defeat of York
County defeated promotion chasing York City at Edgeley Park this weekend, and whilst Darren Stephenson and Matty Warburton will grab the headlines courtesy of two first half-goals, a much-maligned defence should also claim credit for an important win.
Ben Hinchliffe put in a man-of-the-match display between the sticks, whilst Jamie Stott made three goal-line clearances to thwart Jon Parkin, Amari Morgan-Smith and co. It was a performance that gave the club their first league clean sheet since Boxing Day.
6 – Warburton makes National League team of the week
Matty Warburton may have only been on the pitch on Saturday for 47 minutes, but it was enough for the attacker to make the National League’s team of the week.
An influential first-half display, in which the former Salford striker scored from 25-yards out, earns Matty a place alongside FC United’s Danny Wisdom and Brackley’s Shane Byrne in the ‘Team of the day’ feature.