Sat 21
1st Team
Stockport Town


By Jim Tunney
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Eagles back on track in the league

With Lewis Dunn unavailable, George Woodroffe made his full league debut and Ryan Baxter returned to the starting line up with Tom Wakefield dropping to the bench.

The game was end to end in the early stages with chances for both teams. A good move involving three Town players led to Connor Hancock firing wide and then Kyle Foley tested Eagles 'keeper Louis McCarthy. For Eccleshall, Harvey Collins cut in from the right and his shot from the edge of the box shaved the bar. On 20 minutes, a Louis Downs free kick brought a superb diving save from Town keeper Dimeji Willan as the ball was destined for the bottom corner. A corner by Downs was kept in play by Collins and his cross forced another corner from which Baxter headed over. On 34 minutes, Eagles took the lead when a cross from the left by Woodroffe was met on the volley by Luke Lewis and he found the corner of the net giving Willan no chance. Jordan Benton beat two or three defenders on a mazy run but his effort was well over the bar. With half time approaching, another cross by Woodroffe led to Collins heading goalwards but Willan held the effort.

HT: Eccleshall 1 Stockport Town 0

Two minutes after half time, referee Buckle awarded a penalty to the Eagles for a foul by Tom Whitty on Baxter. Benton sent Willan the wrong way from the spot to put Eccleshall two up. Town immediately came on the attack and Kiarno Samms brought a good save from McCarthy, who dived down to parry the effort. Rourke Neal then forced another McCarthy save from a low shot. Eagles began to get on top and Downs cut into the box and his powerful shot hit the bar with Willan beaten. Wakefield had the follow up blocked. Wakefield then beat Hancock and cut into the box but his low cross was cleared. The Eagles management the rang the changes, bringing on Rob Pearson and Jack Dundas as they looked to add to their tally. Downs was played through again but his shot was over the bar. Eccleshall were continuing to press forward and Downs set up Dundas but his effort was blocked. A Town corner was cleared by Callum Feeney in a last throw of the dice to pull a goal back before the final whistle. Eccleshall picked up another three points but will look to missed chances which could have made the result far more convincing. However, they now move up to seventh in the table.

FT: Eccleshall 2 Stockport Town 0

Eagles: McCarthy, Collins, Woodroffe, Benton, Langdridge, Griffiths, Lewis (Wakefield), Feeney, Baxter (Pearson), Finney (Dundas), Downs.
Unused subs: Dunne, Johnson.

Attendance: 61

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Match details

Match date

Sat 21, Sep 2019






First Division South

League position

Stockport Town