Date: 10th December 2007 at 12:23pm
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The last time Stockport County scored six was on a sad day for everyone connected with Stockport County, but the weather was beautiful and the grass was green.

This time you could barely see a blade of grass as mud covered the pitch, and the rain and wind swept over Edgeley Park for a full 90 minutes as County ran rampant against Wycombe.

Despite the poor weather, the pitch survived two inspections from a strong referee, who guessed that the weather wasn’t going to be getting any better in the next few weeks and it was a good decision to play the game today.

For the first time in a competitive game, I sat in the Main Stand with my brother to see what it was like from the side of the pitch.

Jim Gannon made a couple of changes to the team that lost to Lincoln on Tuesday night, Adam Proudlock and Adam Nowland came in for Anthony Elding and Greg Tansey.

Liam Dickinson had the first chance of the game, when he burst through down the right hand side. He was struggling to keep the ball rolling along with him, but managed to before a heavy touch meant he could only shoot into the side netting.

County had started strongly, but nearly gave away a silly goal when Gareth Owen seemed to forget the conditions and rolled the ball back to Conrad Logan. The ball stopped in the mud, and it was a race between Sutton and Logan, Logan slid in and did brilliantly – if the outcome would have been any different we would have been looking at a very different afternoon.

And County took the lead, when Liam Dickinson popped a ball to the left wing for Michael Rose. Rose swung a ball in to the box towards the near post, and only Adam Proudlock had the speed of mind to read it as he ran onto the cross and volleyed home from six yards out. 1-0 to Stockport.

Moments later County made it two, County had a free kick from about 40 yards out. Adam Nowland took it and passed it back to the halfway line to Jason Taylor, he passed it down the channel to Liam Dickinson on the edge of the area, he turned and placed a wonderful shot across the keeper, hit the post and went into the net. 2-0 to County.

County started the stronger of the two sides in the second half, but it was Wycombe who created the first chance. Sutton fired an effort at Logan, who punched the ball straight up in the air, but collected it well at the second attempt.

Proudlock got his second goal of the afternoon when Conrad Logan fired a long ball towards Liam Dickinson. Dickinson won the flick on and freed Proudlock with about 40 yards between him and goal, Proudlock approached the edge of the area and wonderfully finished with his left foot, leaving the keeper with no chance. 3-0 to County – game over.

An own goal followed that made it 4-0 to County, Jason Taylor released the ball down the right hand side for Dickinson, Dickinson battled through and got the ball across, but Christon could only back heel into his own goal.

And finally Proudlock got his hattrick with a truely amazing goal. Nobody else on the pitch would have spotted the opportunity, let alone carry it out. Wycombe had a corner, the ball was cleared and Dickinson played the ball to Proudlock 45 yards out. Without even taking a touch Proudlock spotted the keeper was yards off his line, and he placed the ball in the goal leaving the keeper with no chance of getting back. Wonderful from Proudlock and it was 5-0.

Jim Gannon then took Proudlock off as he got the standing ovation he deserved from all of the ground. The County team applauded Proudlock off the pitch it what was probably his best performance in a County shirt since signing 18 months ago. Anthony Elding replaced Proudlock.

Just to finish the job off, David Poole made a trademark run down the right wing, put a ball into the box, and Russell Martin turned the ball into his own goal. 6-0.

And that was that, the players did a lap around Edgeley Park and the fans returned the applause to a fantastic performance from the players.

Where did this come from is all I’ve got to say? Nobody on eart would have predicted that to happen, but it did. As I said after Bradford, if Jim Gannon can produce these kind of performances on a consistent level then he can have my support back. But he hasn’t won it just yet, lets see if we can carry it through to next week and see what happens at Macclesfield.

Well done lads, cracking performance. Who is buying my season ticket in the Main Stand if thats what happens when I sit there?!

 

One Reply to “Where did that come from?”

  • Jack, dont get carried away, I sat in the main stand for the first time in years for the Lincoln game, didnt do any good Im afraid

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