REPORT: Hatters hang on for fifth straight win

Stockport County yesterday secured their fifth straight league win, after defeating relegation-threatened Tamworth at Edgeley Park.

Two goals from Jason Oswell alongside a Matty Warburton finish were enough to see the Hatters over the line, after a late comeback from the Lambs threatened to upset County.

Jim Gannon named an unchanged side from the one that defeated Bradford Park Avenue on Friday, although Chris Smalley did return to the bench in place of Sam Minihan, who is recovering from a slight knock.

Despite County appearing in control, it was Tamworth that took the lead through Jed Davies, who hit a sweetly-struck shot from the edge of the box to put the away side one goal up.

Despite the scare, the Hatters found themselves in front only 13 minutes later. First, Jason Oswell poked home a Rhys Turner cross before Matty Warburton’s strike from 12 yards put County ahead.

The second half continued in much the same way as the first ended, with the Hatters dominating proceedings.

And it was only 12 minutes into the second half that they extended their lead, Oswell the scorer as he rose highest to head home an Adam Thomas corner.

Despite the game appearing well won, County conceded a soft second goal to set up a worrying final 8 minutes, when Dior Angus bundled in a long throw from the left.

Fortunately, the Hatters held on to move up into 5th ahead of another winnable game against North Ferriby at the weekend.

FT: County 3-2 Tamworth

Squad: Hinchliffe, Cowan, Duxbury, Winter (Turnbull, 71), Clarke, Stott, Thomas, Ball, Oswell (O’Halloran, 82), Warburton, Turner (Stephenson, 63).

Unused: Smalley, Ormson.

Goals: Oswell (28 & 58), Warburton (32).

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