Date: 7th December 2005 at 11:58am
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Stockport County’s unbeaten record at Edgeley Park was surrendered last night as Bristol Rovers went home with all three points.

County were without Jermaine Easter (suspended),Michael Raynes (hamstring) from the start and then after 10 minutes Mickael Wolski picked up a calf injury and had to leave the field of play. Nevertheless it was County who carved out the first real opening as Hamshaw volleyed at Rovers keeper Shearer after a great cross by Singh. Indeed the first half hour look promising with County having the better of the exchanges. All changed on 34 minutes though, as Boshell handled needlessly in the box. Rovers Richard Walker who is enjoying a good season fired home form the spot.

The remainder of the first half saw County continue to toil well, Boshell going close, but half time came and County we one-nil down.

The second half was more scrappy than the first and Tes Bramble was guilty of a couple of poor misses. Banjo and Bovine backsides I think I heard muttered. The crowd picked up on the obvious tension in the side and aside from sub Malcolm shooting straight at the Rovers keeper there was not a lot to get excited about.

At the final whistle a disappointed crowd of only 3,460 melted into the mist.

I cant help thinking that if Easter had been available then County would have salvaged something from the game. As it is, with confidence still fragile and injuries and suspensions beginning to impact, the next match at home to Darlington (this Saturday 3pm K.O) is beginning to look a must win affair, lest we go into the Christmas period with a gap to safety.

Saturday can’t come soon enough for me.

Come on County.

Luke Naysmith

Post Match Pint
Armoury, Robbies. Nice. No midnight kebab to report though.