Date: 5th January 2008 at 5:00pm
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Stockport County took three points home from Meadow Lane and recorded their third straight win.

Jamie Smith was handed his first County start since rejoining from Premiership Liverpool. Michael Rose came in for the sick Adam Griffin. Greg Tansey and Paul Turnbull dropped out of the side as Jason Taylor and Gary Dicker made up the central midfield partnership, David Poole was on the right, Anthony Pilkington on the left.

Notts County took the lead through Stephen Hunt, as he headed home when County defended badly from a corner. Logan should have done better, but Hunt headed the ball home to make it 1-0 to Notts County.

Gareth Owen then went off injured just after ten minutes, he picked up a hamstring injury and James Tunnicliffe replaced Owen.

But County got back level through Anthony Elding after Liam Dickinson knocked the ball down and set up a chance for Elding as he superbly finished past Notts County keeper Pilkington.

County should have had a penalty moments later when Guy Branston, making his Notts County debut, pulled Liam Dickinson down in the area, but the referee waved play on.

James Tunnicliffe went close with a header from an Anthony Pilkington corner.

Liam Dickinson then gave County the lead as the ball hit his face from an Anthony Pilkington cross and ended up in the goal to send the travelling County fans mental. 2-1 to County after 34 minutes.

Anthony Elding had the ball in the net again from a Liam Dickinson cross, but the linesman gave the goal offside to Elding’s disgust.

In the second half Notts County had long periods of pressure, had lots of possession.

Felix Bastians had a shot from twenty yards out and hit the cross bard.

Neil MacKenzie then attempted a free kick from 35 yards out and hit the bar aswell.

But as time went on County made changes, and Leon McSweeney was brought on for his County debut along with Paul Turnbull.

County started to slow down the tempo, and started to run down the clock, and as the referee blew the full time whistle, County had risen to tenth in the league table and now just four points off the play-offs.

Well done Stockport boys Tony O’Shea and Darryl Fitton in the darts, as both progressed to the last 16 in the BDO World Championships, and it was left to County to finish a perfect day, and they duely did that.

Lets get ourselves to the Northern Final of the JPT now, get down to Edgeley Park on Tuesday night for a big game against Grimsby Town.

 

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