Jim Gannon’s Stockport County travel to near-neighbours FC United in what will be the fourth fixture between the two sides this season.
The Hatters will be hoping to continue their winning ways in the league but have not played in the competition for three weeks, their last match saw them win 2-0 against York City at Edgeley Park.
After a roller-coaster twelve years since their controversial formation in 2005, FC United of Manchester have established themselves as a comfortable National League North side, and two 13th placed finishes since joining the division have testified to that. Couple this stability on the pitch with the brand-new Broadhurst Park stadium opening in 2015, you could argue not many die-hard FCUM supporters have much cause for complaint.
This season, however, has been far from plain sailing for the Red Rebels and after a rocky start in which they parted company with long serving manager Karl Marginson, they now appear to have stabilised again and currently sit 12th place, six points clear of the relegation zone.
Earlier this season, United famously came back from 3-0 down at Edgeley Park to secure a draw in the FA Cup before beating County in the replay, this despite playing much of the game with only nine men. The Hatters did have the last laugh in the league though, as they ran out comfortable victors in an emphatic 4-1 win at the start of November.
Harry Winter will be free to play against his former club despite receiving a red card in the FA Trophy victory over Maidenhead, whilst Matty Warburton appears to have also returned to full fitness having played 89 minutes against the National League side.
It’s not clear whether Jamie Stott will be fit to play in defence, the Oldham defender has missed the previous four matches with injury. Meanwhile, despite marking this game as the one he hoped to return for, Sam Minihan remains absent from the side as he continues his rehabilitation from a groin injury.
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The match is completely sold out for County fans, with the club last week selling its full allocation of 750 tickets for the game.
Whilst the match will not completely sell out for home supporters, entry to the home end of the stadium is not recommended with membership checks taking place on those who purchase tickets.
Supporters can still listen to full match commentary though, with Imagine 104.9FM providing coverage of the match as well as the usual updates on social media.
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