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August 16, 2017

Stockport Town beat Prestwich Heys 2-1 to secure their first win of the season at Stockport Sports Village on Monday evening.

 

The Lions saw Ashley Stott score the winner following two own goals in the first half as Max White put into his own net, before Town’s Conor Downes equalised for Heys before half-time.

Just two minutes into the match saw Stockport take an early lead after Tyler Edwards’ cross was tapped home inside the six-yard box by Heys defender White.

 

Stockport looked to be going into the break in front, but that all changed when Downes’ attempted clearance ended up in his own net past Lions goalkeeper Dylan Forth.

 

The second half saw the Lions dominate possession and create numerous chances through Edwards and Matthew Clarke, but Forth also kept Town in the game with some vital saves at the other end.

 

The home side’s advantage was retained when Ruben Abreu and Downes linked up on the left before crossing to Stott who calmly slotted the ball home.

 

Prestwich pushed for a late equaliser once again but the Lions held on to secure their first points of the season following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat away at Litherland Remyca.

Following the match Stockport Town manager, Dave Wild, commented on his side’s victory. He said: “I thought from minute one we were comfortably the better side, and I thought it was imperative that we do that after Saturday’s result.

 

“When we arrived tonight I could see the lads were driven and the desire was there, they wanted to win every ball, win every tackle, and overall I’m happy. Is there stuff to be worked on, yes of course, but another footnote is that we've bounced back from Saturday’s result against the second/ third favourites for promotion.”

 

The Lions travel to Whitchurch Alport on Saturday afternoon and Wild is in good spirits ahead of the clash against the favourites for the league title this season. Wild added: “I feel a lot better after taking the three points tonight, they're without doubt the best team in the league.

 

“They [Alport] had a great result last Saturday against Holker [Old Boys] and they'll be up for it at the weekend. They are a good, organised and experienced group and its going to be a really tough game, but I’m just pleased after tonight’s result we have a building block to go ahead and cement another solid performance.”

 

“You’ve just got to look at the game tonight, and the desire and will to win, that we aren't just going to go there and get our bellies tickled. It will be a good opportunity for us to assess how far off we are of a ‘title favourite’ side, and I'm just hoping for a positive match for us.”

 

 

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