Stockport Town are victorious over League Two Tranmere Rovers, advancing into the Cheshire Senior Cup quarter final.
A highly anticipated game certainly didn’t disappoint. The night got off to a positive start for Stockport, as Callum Dolan was presented his Macron League Player of the Month by NWCFL representative Ian Williams, after 6 consecutive man of the match awards.
Stockport got the match underway, and the game came to life straight from kick off. Tranmere had an early penalty appeal waved away, Tom Greenfield tussling with striker Akkamadu who then collides with goalkeeper Stinca but referee told the striker to get to his feet. It seemed Tranmere were taking a foothold in the early stages on the game, until the 19th minute struck when Callum Dolan whipped in a dangerous corner for Tom Greenfield to smartly head home and make it 1-0. Advantage Stockport.
Tranmere didn’t lose any momentum after going behind, sticking to their slick passing game throughout the half. The league two side almost found themselves ahead going into the break, wasting two great chances within minutes. First, striker Akkamadu lost his man in the box meeting a header that surely he had to score, but couldn’t find the target to his frustration. Moments later, Jake Burton was all alone at the back post, everyone anticipating him to make the scoreline but the midfielder couldn’t sort his feet out in time and wasted an even better chance.
Half time, 1-0.
The second half got underway, and Tranmere definitely received a talking too during the break as they came out with a point to prove. Point proven on the 54 minute mark, a route 1 ball from midfielder Devine that deflected off a retreating Tom Greenfield rolling past Stinca into the back of the net, 1-1.
2 minutes later, Callum Dolan had what surely looked like a stone wall penalty waved away, safe to say he couldn’t believe the decision and neither could most in the ground. Dolan's persistent paid off, when into the final 15 minutes of the game he wrong footed his defender, took a strike on goal and the ball deflected past goalkeeper Passant to put Stockport back in the lead with 15 minutes to go, 2-1.
5 minutes to go in normal time and Callum Dolan was involved the action once again, feeding Gavin Salmon on the 18 yard line who unleashed an effort at Passant’s goal, and beat the young goalkeeper to give Stockport an even comfier lead heading in the final minutes of the game, 3-1.
Almost an instant reply came from Tranmere, Devine with another hopeful long ball found its way to Jake Burton with only the keeper to beat… his effort came crashing back off the crossbar. A huge sigh of relief for Stockport. Town kept the ball, ticking down the clock and thus came the full time whistle producing an unsurprising joyful reaction from both players and fans.
Full time, 3-1.
A professional performance from all the lads, sticking to a game plan and producing when they needed it most. Stockport will be travelling to Cammell Laird for the quarter final tie, with a date yet to be confirmed. Be sure to follow us on social media @StockportTownFC for updates on the team, future games, and in-play tweets for every game.
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