Date: 5th March 2011 at 5:57pm
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Peter Ward picked up just his second win as County boss with a dramatic triumph over play-off chasing Oxford United.

The first freezing cold forty-five minutes passed without incident at Edgeley Park in front of 4199, a truly woeful portion of football.

Ex-County player Anthony Tonkin picked up a silly booking in the first half which would prove crucial in the outcome of the tie.

The visitors took the lead just after half-time through Tom Craddock and a suspiciously offside-looking goal.

He was played through by his strike partner James Constable, and slotted home underneath ‘keeper Ian McLoughlin, making his home debut on loan from Ipswich Town.

The opener was a dagger to the heart of the 3700 County fans and presumably Mike Newton, who was watching on from the Main Stand as his interest in buying the football club grows.

As United looked to close out the tie and condemn County to almost certain relegation, Tonkin failed to use his brain and got himself sent off for hauling down Matt Paterson, picking up a second yellow and reducing the away side to ten men.

It changed the game as Paterson himself grabbed the leveller, being played through by substitute Tom Fisher and hammering low past U’s keeper Clarke with just under 15 minutes to play.

With what COULD be a massive goal this season, Greg Tansey was introduced to the fray in the 89th minute in place of Mani Assoumani, and when the fourth official added on four minutes of stoppage time, Tansey struck.

With referee Mr Shoebridge holding the whistle to his lips and ready to blow for full-time, Tansey controlled a looping ball just outside the area and crashed it home past Clarke to send the Cheadle End mental.

It was literally the last kick of the match, and there’s fight in the old dog yet.

We now go to Accrington on Tuesday night before a massive six-pointer with Burton at EP on Saturday.

On a good day for The Hatters, results also went our way as Bradford, Burton and Macclesfield all lost.

Man of the Match – James Wallace. The Everton youngster possesses undoubted class. In a few years, the next Jack Rodwell for the Toffees.


12 Replies to “County 2-1 Oxford”

  • Makes up for the dissapointment of last Saturday, well done, now lets go again at Accy..Come on you Bluemen!!!

  • We could stay up if we can go on a winning run of games and that is possible given the quality (or lack or it) of teams in this division, a few years ago we would have put 5 past a side like Oxford, if we can maintain our belief then we can do it but it will take the guys to dig deap really deap and grind out wins because we don have quality but if we can sudstitute quality for DESIRE then it can be done,

  • I didn’t go. I didn’t even listen on Pure. Now that tiny chance of survival has re-appreared I will have to go again on Saturday. Not that I want to as I fear we do not have enough players with the desire to win within the club. 95% certain we have had it but that 5% of hope ensures more torture ahead this season. we need a win at Stanley and a win at home to Burton for me to believe again.

  • Hey guys we won, who cares by what score and by whom. 3 points on the board makes the table look interesting again. That’s 5 played won 2 lost 3, not bad for a team who have been condemned out of sight, bring on the Stanley and 3 more.

  • Win at Stanley. Win at home to Burton and I may begin to believe. No draws. Two games. Six points please.

  • Just listened to Wardy’s post match chat with pure and I must say am pleased with his honesty and frank thoughts on where our club is and the problems within it, I agree that this new invester (if indeed there is one) should immediately say how he intends to invest in SCFC as we really dont have time for another Melrose situation. Well done Wardy in your honest opinions and not B*** Sh***ing the fans.

  • The predictable rumour that Wardy is now No.2 and Mathias is No.1. Jusat a rumour but it would make sense to me. I just want a bit of stability for our club. Stop the rot next year. Get the spine of a team that can develop and get back into the league. If that means Mathias and Ward for the next 3 years, a new owner with just a bit of cash then so be it. Oh. Not playing at Woodley would also be a must of course.

  • County WILL win 2-1 tonight and WILL win 3-1 on Saturday – its in the stars!!! My monies already on at the bookies – WE WILL NOT GO DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Just a win will do me. Lets keep a winning momentum going until the end of the season.

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