PLAY-OFF PREVIEW: County host Magpies in quarter-final clash

Stockport County host Chorley this Wednesday in the Vanarama National League North play-off quarter-final.

The game, which will take place at Edgeley Park, could be on course to break the highest ever attendance in a play-off match at this level, with well over 4,000 tickets sold at the time of writing.

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Opposition: 

Chorley narrowly missed out on promotion to the National League after losing to Halifax in extra time in the play-off final last May. The Magpies, who are led by former Blackburn striker Matt Jansen, have finished in the play-off spots for each of the previous three seasons and were good value for their sixth placed finish this year too.

Much like County, a strong run of form from March onwards has seen Chorley catapult themselves into the play-offs, Jansen’s side have recorded six wins in their last eight league fixtures.

Looking ahead to Wednesday, the omens suggest a tight match, with records over previous games favouring the visitors slightly. In the four years that the Hatters have faced the Lancashire side, they have only recorded one victory (coming last season courtesy of a Danny Lloyd winner at Victory Park). This year, the two sides have played out two entertaining draws that both finished one goal apiece.

Team News:

 Scott Duxbury will unfortunately miss out on the match this Wednesday, having suffered a deep cut during the 1-1 draw with Darlington at the weekend. Stephen O’Halloran will likely replace the young defender at left back.
Matty Warburton, who was also substituted due to injury on Saturday, has been deemed fit to play and should make the starting line up tomorrow. Jamie Stott, who was recalled to Oldham last week, will not feature.
Harry Brazel and Bohan Dixon, both of whom started against the Quakers, will be hoping to make the match day squad but face tough competition from Harry Winter, Paul Turnbull, James Ball and the returning Sam Walker for that central midfield position.

 

Venue: 

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Edgeley Park, Hardcastle Road, Stockport, SK3 9DD. 

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Admission for the game will cost County fans £15/£10/£5 with pay-on-the-gate available. With well over 4,000 tickets purchased for the match already, supporters from both sides are advised to secure their ticket for the match ASAP to avoid disappointment and queuing on the day of the match.

If you aren’t lucky enough to attend the game, Imagine FM will have commentary of the game on 104.9FM and the usual social media channels will also have match updates.

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