Date: 11th December 2011 at 12:54am
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With a cold day and a empty looking Edgely Park Stockport County had the task of beating in form Stalybridge Celtic to ensure they were in the 4th Round of the FA Vase for the first ever time.

Stockport started with: Gelnnon, Holden, Halls, O’Donnell, Edwards, German, Blackburn, Routledge, Nolan, McConville, Elliot

Stockport got off to a shaky start with a defensive error after 3 minutes which nearly lead to Stockport being one down early on. In the 5th minute McConville sent Joe Edwards on a run who squared the ball for Tom Elliot to finish in front of a empty Railway End.

After 20 minutes Matt Glennon kept County in the game with a excellent double save from both the Stalybridge strikers this was to the shock to all in the ground who thought The Celts had to score.

In the 26th minute County should have been 2-0 up after a super ball from Sean McConville but Tom Ellitot could not find the finish in game that saw the striker become a foe of the Edgerly faithful.

The 34th and the 39th minute saw The Celts score against the woeful County defence, Connor Jennings Scored in the 34th minute with a excellent chip over Matt Glennon and then in the 39th minute The Bridge made it 2-1 with a goal from Ellams.

HT: County 1 Celtic 2

The start of the second half saw a change for County with Antonio German leaving the field in replacement for Danny Rowe and also Carl Piegianni taking Jon Routledge`s place, both of these players Jim brought off had very poor first halfs and looked unintrested in the game.

With the two subs on the field for County the second gear seem to be found with a quick equaliser from Sean McConville upon the 50th minute with some great footwork turning 3 defenders before a super finish sending the County fans into raptures.

On the 54th minute County were awarded a penalty after Celtic captain Maynell brought down Joe Edwards in the box, as a result in this challenge a red card was shown. McConville stepped up to take the penalty which was easily saved by the Celtic keeper.

With 36 minutes still to play County fans thought they had to beat 10 man Celtic, but The Celts kept a tight back four often not letting the county attackers have any time or space with the ball leading to many players looking frustrated.

In the 73rd minute Celtic had the chance to take the lead after another defensive mix up but Matt Glennon came out on top.

County striker Tom Elliot had several chances to win the game along with Sean McConville but both players missed excellent opportunities to put The Hatters into the lead.

In the end with all the pressure towards the end of the game The Celts hung in there and recorded a Full Time score of 2-2.

Attendance: 1690 (401)

My view of the game was that County created several chances in which on another day could have seen a very different shoreline for The Hatters, Jim i am sure would be happy with a point but feels like his team should have done a lot better in the second half and pushed for the win.

Several players looked useless today and yet again emphasised the need for a change, with sloppy defensive mistakes, sloppy midfielders and a striker that cant score to save his lfe you, there is no reason to wonder why we are in the position we are in currently.

With the 2-2 draw Stockport now face a FA Trophy replay this coming Tuesday night at Bower Fold.

Onwards and upwards we hope after today with hopefully back to back wins on Tuesday against Stalybridge (I hope) and Alfreton Town at EP on Saturday.

Animo Et Fide…


8 Replies to “County 2 Celtic 2”

  • Really feel for Ton Elliott …for me he works hard but just isn’t good enough at the moment or is his confidence just rock bottom?.
    It is sad to see SCFC in this position but when Jimbo can bring in his own players in Jan then hopefully we will have enough to stay in this division…good lord !!!1 I couldn’t stand to watch the likes of Stalybridge every week!!!!

  • Went into Manchester, supped in 6 or 7 pubs. Great warm atmosphere. Packed, the places were really rocking and cheaper than the Main Stand. Everything going to County is not at the moment. However, I actually believe we will beat Alfreton next week.

  • I didn’t go yesterday part cause I couldn’t be bothered and also had plenty of Xmas shopping to do with the family but i will be there next week no matter what the outcome of the replay is. I am a TRUE County fan sick to death of results and players who couldn’t give a ***** about playing for us but hopefully in the New Year things will change with Jim in charge.UP THE COUNTY.

  • How are you keeping Vicman? Hope that the weather is not to bad up in the highlands. I bet that there is more exitement up where you are than watching this lot next Tuesday being humiliated. Stay warm and keep having a dram to keep you going.

  • MA, keeping well thanks mate. Weather has been absolutely atrocious this week. Mon/Tues/Wed, snow, snow and more snow. Low level up to 10″, high level (2,000ft and above) drifts of up to 10ft, Thurs brought us winds of between 80 and 120mph on average, highest recorded was 165mph in the Cairngorms. Got called out Thurs night to trees knocking my street lights down on their collapse and Christmas lights being blown off the street lights in the town. Nearly got blown into the Moray Firth making my way to these call-outs, that was quite scary. Friday brought the thaw so we then get the floods because the gullies can’t cope with the deluge. Sat was quiet today we have the big freeze down to -12. Been on my backside twice already tonight, so yes it has been an interesting week.
    This is the first time this week I’ve logged on and it’s nice to find good old Stockport folk think about one of their former sons stuck in the Northern icy blasts, very heart-warming. Have a good week guys and for what it’s worth good luck for the replay.

  • Wow. Fantastic stuff vicman. Wind and rain here in Stockport but last week at least pretty tame stuff. Edgeley Park pitch holding up. A rare bit of good County news.

  • Unfortunately due to work commitments didn’t get to the game. Sounds like another painful day at the office, but at least we didn’t lose! Gannon has his handsful, I will still say the players we have at this club are not good enough.

  • Vicman weather here is a sunny 22 degrees during the day but after 4 it gets very cold. I need to have the logburner on to keep warm. Last night it touched 2 degrees. In one way I wish I was in the UK with all that snow which we don’t see here very often. We do get ice on the car windscreens which we then have to scrape off. I will be hoping that Jim can at last get his first win on Tuesday. I understand that it was a fairley good performance last Saturday. With some players improving during the game. Like we have all said it is just a matter of confidence. Well must go and sit outside in the sun. Keep warm all you in the UK and lets hope we have something to cheer about later tomorrow night.

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