Stockport Town defeated Hyde United on Monday evening in the Cheshire Senior Cup quarter-final after winning a penalty-shootout following a 1-1 stalemate at Stockport Sport Village.
The Lions had taken the lead in the match through Ben Halfacre’s strike, before Matthew Beadle equalised for the Tigers late in the second half. Extra-time could not separate either side as Town edged out 4-3 winners on penalties, Ruben Abreu striking the decisive spot-kick.
Dave Wild’s Stockport now progress to the last four and face a semi-final showdown against another higher opposition side, but the Lions will have to wait as the draw has yet to be made. However there is opportunity for Town to come up against city rivals Stockport County.
Speaking after the match, Wild could not contain his delight as his side reached the semi-final stage for the first time in the club’s history. He said: “We, as a club, are absolutely delighted with the win against Hyde United tonight. On the night, everyone from players, staff, board and media, really pulled together, and the positive energy that was seeping around the place was a huge impact on the performance.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the lads they gave absolutely everything they had and then some and in the end the work rate and determination got them the win that there efforts warranted.”
Wild added: “Hyde were an exceptional side and kept the ball for prolonged periods, but I felt that our mental concentration and effort to close down space, and regain shape, was the best it’s been all season.
These basics really gave us a strong building block to get a positive outcome from the tie tonight, and we came through in the end.
Looking ahead to the draw for the semi-final, and with some quarter-final matches still to be played, the Lions could come up against opposition such as County, from the Vanarama National League North, or even current league leaders of the Evo-Stik Premier Division, Altrincham FC.
Asked on his preference on the draw for the last four, Wild replied: “In regards to the tie for the semi I am honestly relaxed and calm and happy to play whoever we get given the fortune of facing.
“For obvious reasons a home tie against Stockport County would be a personal favourite for me but in all honesty any of the sides left in the competition excite me!
It’s a real privilege for us to pit our wits against such high quality clubs, and we hope that we can keep the run going and have impressed some people along the way.
I trust my squad 100% and I know that whoever we draw, they’ll be professional in their preparations and give it all they have when it comes down to matchday!
After the Lions came through on Monday night against Hyde, in front of a healthy crowd of 147, the club will be undoubtedly be hoping for another home tie, drawing in an even bigger crowd.
As the only remaining Step-6 club left in the cup, Town will be looking to use the momentum going forward and the scalps that they have taken already, something that Wild addressed: “I would like to think that neutral fans and teams are now wanting us to go one step further in the competition!
We’re the lowest ranked club in the competition and have been for some time, so normally the underdogs will pick up one or two fans along the way!”
Stockport Town are next in action when they return to league action in the Hallmark Security League, and an away trip to Greater Manchester rivals, Chadderton, kick-off 3pm.