Stockport Town eased into the Reusch First Division Cup Second Round with a thrilling 7-1 win over Eccleshall at Pershall Park on Saturday afternoon.
Six different goalscorers saw Warren Gaskin, Lee O’Brien, James Hampson, Edward Driver, Mark German and a brace from the in-form Nathan Neequaye all find the scoresheet, with Eccleshall’s Mitchell Brown grabbing a consolation late on.
The Lions started the game out of the blocks, taking the game to Eccleshall having already defeated them 7-1 earlier in the season at Stockport Sports Village.
Town took the lead after just 12 minutes through Neequaye before Gaskin doubled the lead on the 20 minute mark with a fine finish in front of goal.
Neequaye then secured his second of the game, and his eleventh goal in just six games, as he converted from the penalty spot to make it 3-0 before half time.
After the restart Eccleshall began to show glimpses of good play but struggled to test Daniel Whiting in the Lions goal as the away side looked to kill off the game.
Town soon made it four as O’Brien almost broke the net with a piledriver from outside the penalty area. With 15 minutes to go the home side began to chase the ball more and tire as Stockport maintained possession, to which Hampson got his name on the scoresheet to make it five.
An even more promising sign for Town was the debut appearance of youngster Driver who has worked his way up through the ranks at the club, grabbing himself a goal as the match entered the final ten minutes.
Eccleshall did eventually find a way past Whiting in goal as Brown slotted home to deny Stockport a clean sheet against his side once again. German then made sure the Lions had the last laugh as he capped off a fantastic attacking display with his sides seventh of the game.
Calum Sykes’ Lions return to league action on Tuesday evening as they travel to local Greater Manchester side Chadderton in the Hallmark Security League, kick-off 7:45pm.