1 – Hatters remain in play-off hunt with victory over FCUM
A Matty Warburton goal was enough to separate FC United and Stockport County at the weekend, as the Hatters kept up the National League North play-off chase. The early tap-in from Warburton was followed up with an impressive defensive display that limited the home side to pot-shots from distance.
With Bradford, Spennymoor, York and Kidderminster all dropping points, it was a good weekend for the Hatters, who could now sneak into the play-offs if they win their games in hand.
2 – Two players make National League North ‘team of the weekend’.
Darren Stephenson’s energetic display at FC United was enough to earn him a place in the National League’s team of the week feature. The former Tranmere winger set up Matty Warburton’s first half goal and has blossomed into one of County’s best players in 2018.
Ben Hinchliffe also made the ‘substitutes’ bench after some smart saves helped to keep a clean sheet against the Red Rebels. You can see the full team of the weekend here.
3. No rest as Nuneaton Town visit EP on Tuesday
With Hatters fans, players and management alike hardly able to catch their breath following this weekend’s victory, the club must now host Nuneaton Town in a rearranged clash at Edgeley Park on Tuesday.
The fixture was the result of a controversial postponement last weekend, and will now be played just days after both sides picked up impressive away victories in the league. Be sure to get down to Edgeley Park if you’re free and roar the players on to their third straight victory.
Admission: £15/£10/£5 – KO 7.45pm Tuesday 20th February.
4 – Advanced takeover talks with two interested parties
Following the admission from the club a couple of weeks ago that there was substantial external interest in taking control of the club, the Stockport County Supporters Cooperative asked the club the situation at a recent meeting.
The board then confirmed that the club were in negotiations with two parties and that the talks were at an advanced stage, but stressed at the moment confidentiality was key in things moving forward.
5 – Hatters prepare for Trophy quarter final
Stockport County are to take part in their first ever FA Trophy quarter final this weekend, as Jim Gannon’s men go in search of a second trip to Wembley in 11 years.
Whilst the terms of the visit may not be so glamorous this time around, the importance should not be understated. With a large amount of prize money at stake and the chance of national silverware for the first time since that infamous play-off victory. Brackley’s visit this weekend represents a great chance at reaching the semi-finals of the Trophy.
6 – Club likely to break even again this season
In that same Co-Op meeting that revealed interest in purchasing SCFC, the Stockport County board confirmed that the financial outlook for the club in 2017 was looking healthy. The Hatters are in fact expecting to break even for 2017/18 but stressed that the FA Trophy run could have a bearing on how this ends up.