Hereford United celebrated their return to the Football League with an away visit to Edgeley Park for their first game in the league for nine years. Backed by a large following Hereford would go on to record a 2-0 win despite being dominated by County for large periods of the game.
The first away game of the season was to be a trip to Birmingham to take on Walsall. Despite Jim Gannon making several changes to the team, none of them would work as Walsall kept their 100% record – and County dropped to the bottom of the table, which meant County fans couldn`t help but think, “Here we go again”.
Adam Griffin then signed from Oldham, just 24 hours before the away game at Mansfield. He was chucked straight into the team and with County leading 1-0 through a Keith Briggs goal; it was looking as if County were set to record their first win of the season. But ex County man Matty Hamshaw pulled an equaliser out of the hat in the 84th minute, as County had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Jim Gannon pulled off what can only be called as a shock signing, as he brought in Adam Proudlock on non-contract terms. Proudlock had an interesting history, but many fans believed that he would be far too good for League Two once he got fit and ready.
But he was put straight into the squad for the Friday night home game against Accrington Stanley, and again a late equaliser denied County their first win. Glenn Murray handed County the lead with a well-placed finish, but with the goal of the season Accrington equalised. Play was going nowhere, but as the ball popped up Michael Welch hit a 40-yard thunderbolt into to the top corner. Surprising everybody, even himself!
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The annual Carling Cup first round game in which County always get knocked out was the next game and with Championship side Derby County visiting Edgeley Park, County expected to get knocked out. County gave their all, but that little bit more class was just there from Derby, who ran out 1-0 winners through a Michael Johnson goal. This was a Derby side that would go on to win promotion to the Premiership.
A visit to Swindon Town was the final game of the month, and it was to be another defeat for County as they ended the first month without a victory anywhere. Aaron Brown and Christian Roberts were the goalscorers, as County ended the month with two points from five games and sitting in 22nd place.
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