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Town Extend Unbeaten Run vs Atherton

December 24, 2017

Stockport Town continued their unbeaten run with a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Atherton LR on Saturday afternoon at Stockport Sports Village.


The Hallmark Security League clash saw both sides go head to head as just a few places departed them in the Division One table.

Goals from the Lions’ Ben Halfacre and Lee Constantine were enough to turnaround the result after Edmund Walker had put Atherton ahead just before half-time.


Dave Wild’s Lions now increase their unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions, including an unbeaten run of nine home games, stretching back to the start of October.


The opening 10 minutes of the match were easily forgotten as neither side had a clear chance on goal, however the visitors would soon give the Lions a warning, and they weren't going to sit and roll over for Stockport.


With 18 minutes gone, Constantine, taking up a position on his own goal-line for an Atherton corner, was in the right place at the right time as he scoop away a goal-bound effort as an LR head was first to reach the cross.


The Lions had a spell of possession towards the end of the first half, but all they had to show for it were a couple of half-chances, firstly from George Blackwell, and then Halfacre.


However, just a couple of minutes before the break Atherton took the lead through Walker. Racing down on goal from a swift counter attack, the LR striker saw his initial shot saved by Tom Whitehorse in the Town goal, but the rebound fell kindly as Walker stroked his follow-up shot home.


Clearly begrudged from their first half display and conceding of the goal, the Lions began the second half much better and went close through Jamie Hinchliffe but his effort curled just wide.


The Lions were putting more and more pressure on the LR defence and Blackwell came close again with a thunderous effort from 30-yards but it was deflected for a corner.


From the resulting corner Wild’s team were back in the game as Halfacre made space and connected well with Blackwell’s corner to bring the scores level with just over 10 minutes remaining.


As the game got close to injury time, Town worked the ball well and saw Hinchliffe drive into the penalty area. The attacker cut back a cross for any Lion in the box to tap home, and sure enough, Constantine was there to rifle his effort through bodies and into the back of the net.


The Lions had turned the game around with there being so little time left on the clock for Atherton to entice a comeback, the Lions were able to see out the remainder of the game and collect yet another valuable three points.


The Lions are next in action against rivals New Mills as they travel to Church Lane on Boxing Bay.

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