Eccleshall 4 Stockport Town 3
By Jim Tunney
Eagles win a thriller
Report by Daniel Holes
With last week's game against Wythenshawe Amateurs having been postponed, Eccleshall were looking to bounce back after a narrow 1-0 loss in their last league game at Abbey Hulton United.
A game filled with goals at Pershall Park began with the home side taking an early two goal lead only for the away side to peg them back just before the break. Two second half strikes from Conor Docherty and Bradley Carr however secured all three points for the Eagles.
It was Eccleshall who started the brighter of the two, an early penalty box scramble ended with Lewis Dunn breaking the deadlock in the tenth minute.
Eccleshall found themselves 2-0 up inside eleven minutes thanks to a 35 yard strike from Tom Wakefield which looped over the helpless Andrei Stinca in the Town goal.
The away side, however, weren't going down without a fight and pulled one back when Kiarno Samms' fine finish found the back of the net.
Late first half drama saw Stockport awarded a free kick on the edge of the Eccleshall box and Robert Lofthouse stepped up for the away side to impressively complete the comeback.
The second half lived up to the same drama as the first with Wakefield going close again before Docherty grabbed the lead once again for the Eagles. A well worked free kick between Alex Nwachukwu and Docherty ended with the unmarked Docherty finding the net with an impressive finish.
Midfielder Carr was on hand to convert the loose ball from a deep free kick to give the home side a commanding lead once again.
Eccleshall were in for a nervous final ten minutes after great play from Samms again set up Reece Skelton to pile the pressure further on the home side.
Eccleshall survived Stockport's late pressure to record an impressive victory against the eleventh placed side and will be hoping they can produce a similar determined performance against Barnton next Saturday.
Eagles: Mc Carthy, Docherty, Dunn, Van der Laan, Johnson, Feeney, Neligwa, Benton, Wakefield, Carr, Needham.
Subs: Nwachukwu, Downs, Finney, Baker-Haynes.