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March 12, 2017

Stockport Town extended their unbeaten run to nine matches following a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw away to AFC Blackpool in the Hallmark Security League.


A big crowd of 252 filled the Mechanics Ground and saw goals from Richard Tomlinson and Jack Williams cancelled out by Stockport’s Aaron Dwyer and stoppage time leveller from Adam Stubbs.

The game got off to a good start for the Lions as Charlie Wardle, starting his first match under Dave Wild, forced Callum Kirkland into action with a save in the Blackpool goal.


The visitors were in complete control in the opening period, including four corners after just eight minutes, and Conor Downes cross, flicked on by Wardle, saw Daryl Grant connect but strike the crossbar.


However with 26 minutes on the clock, and against the run of play, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock as some questionable defending allowed Tomlinson to head the Mechanics in front from close range.


Approaching half-time and Alec Mudimu went close from 20-yards before minutes later feeding Dwyer in on goal but the attacker’s shot was saved by Kirkland.


Early into the second half and Kirkland was forced into action once again, this time Grant drives down the right channel before getting a shot off which the Blackpool keeper dealt with.


With 65 minutes gone and Town almost had their equaliser as substitute Ben Connolly back-heeled his shot onto the post and out following a pin-point Dwyer cross into the area.


Just four minutes later and the home side’s lead was doubled as Williams slotted his penalty past Daniel Whiting in the Lions goal after Stubbs was adjudged to have fouled in the area.


The game went on and Stockport began throwing everything forward and were given a way back into the match as Grant earned his side a penalty, however the right-back stepped up but placed his spot-kick wide of the post.


But the Lions were soon back in the match just a few minutes later as Dwyer volleyed in from range after Trey Simpson’s knockdown.


With seven minutes added on at the end of the match it was Stockport’s captain Stubbs who rose highest six minutes into stoppage time at the back post to salvage a point for Wild’s Lions.


Stockport now go again this Thursday night as they travel to take on St Helens Town, played at Prescot Cables, in the league, kick-off 7:45pm.

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