Stockport headed to the Park Club stadium with high hopes of getting a result, after previous performances have been very good over the Christmas period. A few old Stockport faces were in force now at Cheadle, including Ruben Abreu who is Stockport’s most capped player to date.
The game got off to a fast start for Stockport, as on a very slick wet pitch, Callum Dolan was dragged down on the 10 minute mark by defender Joe Neild, resulting in a penalty and red card. Kiarno Samms stepped up, and from 12 yards slotted home to make it 1-0. The heavens then started to open, creating an even tougher pitch for both teams to make any serious dangerous plays. It made it even tougher for Cheadle who had to play the remaining 80 minutes with 10 men, and Stockport kept capitalising on this with chance after chance. Most notably Adam Etches had an effort from 18 yards that almost snuck under goalkeeper Danny Whiting, but he managed to make up the error and keep the score 0-1. Soon after, Adam had an effort from the exact same position and he was able to convert this one. Dolan won the ball in Cheadle’s final third with a great tackle, went for glory himself but the rebound found its way to Etches left foot and he put his foot through it to make it 0-2 just before half time.
0-2 half time
The Lions made a couple of early second half substitutions, Will Holt and Reece Skelton were introduced into the game replacing Connor Bass and Josh Robinson. It was Cheadle that made a fast start, and it almost seemed like they were not a man down. A lifeline was handed to them on 60 minutes with a penalty awarded for a late challenge by Kieran O’Connell, which Rhys Clooney coolly slotted home sending goalkeeper Andrei Stinca the wrong way. Scoreline now 1-2, all to play for. Andrei and Kieran both made key blocks then on, with Andrei collecting what seemed a certain equaliser for Cheadle, but the ball bobbled away from Tabby Magida and Andrei was able to pounce on the ball. Then, Kieran put in a goal saving block from 12 yards and forced a corner.
Stockport were able to create an attack from the resulting goal kick after the corner, leaving Gavin Salmon 1 on 1 but goalkeeper Whiting stayed big and kept it 1-2 for the final few minutes.
Stockport Town held on for the last few minutes, shielding possession and clearing any danger to gain all 3 points in this local derby.
1-2 full time
Hosting Tranmere 2 days after this victory is a great way to head into such an important game, and although a big performance is required we certainly have the squad to match up against a strong side like current League Two Tranmere.