Stockport Town returned to winning ways as they overcame AFC Blackpool 3-1 at Stockport Sports Village on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Andy Graham and a brace from Nathan Neequaye saw the Lions record their third 3-1 victory of the season at home, meanwhile Ryan Charnley grabbed one back for the visitors in the second half.
The home side made a great start to the game with George Blackwell’s shot well saved by Blackpool’s goalkeeper on five minutes, but moments later Town broke the deadlock.
A fantastic 40-yard run from Lee Constantine, beating two players on the way, played in Ruben Abreu out on the left. The winger then slotted into Graham’s path in the penalty box and he placed it in the far corner.
The opening 20 minutes saw Stockport pile on the pressure and Blackpool’s defence broke once again as Neequaye grabbed his first of the match.
This time Graham turned provider as a deft through ball right down the middle of the park found Neequaye who beat the goalkeeper in a footrace and poked it under and into an empty goal.
The Lions couldn't have hoped for a better start but the visitors became to gain a foothold in the match as they retained possession well, with Town looking to him them on the counter attack.
Stockport keeper, Daniel Whiting, produced an outstanding point-blank save following a Blackpool corner, a flurry of bodies jumped for it and his outstretched hand kept the visitors from grabbing one back.
Neequaye then hit the post right on half-time as he spun in the box to strike but the ball cannoned back out off the upright as the home side kept their two goal advantage going into the break.
The second half began quietly with neither side pulling off a meaningful shot for 20 minutes, rather maintaining possession in order to gain the underhand, the next goal was crucial.
Unfortunately for Town it was their visitors who struck next to reduce the deficit. The ball was not cleared by the defence as Blackpool pressure saw Charnley take his chance and beat Whiting inside the area.
The away side then went very close to an equaliser but once again a world-class save from Whiting kept Town in front as they held off the pressure from Blackpool following their goal.
Sam Scott later went close to restoring the home side’s two goal advantage with a point-blank header at goal from a corner but it was well saved and then cleared by the visiting defence.
It weans until the 72nd minute that Town edged further in front again as Neequaye headed home unmarked in the area following another assist from Abreu down the left channel.
With 10 minutes left in the game Graham almost turned provider again as his outrageous through ball with the outside of his boot found Neequaye one-on-one with the Blackpool keeper but good positioning meant the keeper cleared well.
The visitors did all they could as they searched for a way back into the match but neat passing from Stockport meant they could see out the game with no further pressure on their defence and take home three valuable points following previous results.
The Lions are next in action next Saturday as they host Holker Old Boys at SSV, kick-off 3pm.