Stockport Town travel to Cheadle Town this Wednesday evening as they face their local rivals in a Hallmark Security Clash.
The Lions will turn out at Park Road this evening with a new manager in the dugout as Jake Davies takes over the reins of former boss, Dave Wild, in his first match in charge of Stockport Town.
Coming into this game Cheadle Town host their second consecutive home game following a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Division One leaders, Silsden, and Cheadle were 2-0 down at half-time. Wednesday’s visitors Stockport arrive at their derby rivals on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Bacup Borough, in a game that many Lions fans felt they deserved to win.
Davies takes charge with his side in 10th position and a derby win at Cheadle could see the Lions close the gap to 9th placed Holker Old Boys to just 2pts, whilst also extending their lead over Carlisle City below then to 6pts.
Cheadle Town, under the management of Antony Trucca, have already faced Stockport this season in the reverse fixture at Stockport Sports Village, with both sides ultimately sharing the points after a 2-2 draw.
Trucca and Davies will be relying on their squad’s attacking prowess if either side is to gain derby bragging rights and both managers have strikers will goals in their locker throughout this season. Home side Cheadle will be looking to Richard Whyatt with 18 league goals to his name this season and 20 goals in all competitions.
Cheadle will come up against Stockport Town’s Ben Halfacre, another top league striker with 17 league goals to his name, and 23 goals in all competitions. Halfacre could well be joined by former Cheadle Town forward, Rhys Webb, up front for the Lions as Webb switched clubs some months ago.
Stockport Town will be hoping to get their league form back to winnings ways after Saturdays draw versus Bacup and a previous loss away at Silsden. With bragging rights at stake its all to play for at Park Road this evening, kick-off 7:45pm.