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Stockport v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 08/01/2008

IT’S SO close you can already feel your feet already stomping up Wembley Way can't you? Only Stockport and an unnamed assailant can stop the beautifully costly day out.

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The Opposition

Overview

It was 17 days ago since Town made their last trip to Edgeley Park where the Mariners earned a valuable point on the road. With such a brilliant record away from home confidence is high from us Mariners and anything could seem possible after this hectic festive period. Stockport too have a great run of form with 5 wins from 7, a draw against ourselves and a defeat to Shrewsbury were the only things stopping County taking a full 21 points from the last few games. Those points could prove to have been desperately needed as they fight fiercely for a place in the play-offs this year, and currently are only 4 points off Wycombe in seventh. All the teams above Stockport have a game in hand and Rochdale just below have three so the pressure is on for them to maintain their good run of form and the added pressure of a high octane cup match is all Jim Gannon (left) and his players needed.

The Team
At home Stockport have worries, conceding three more then Town have all season and they only one more win then us with our dreadful home form. In goal on loan Leicester stopper Conrad Logan (left) is doing his utmost to keep out the opposition, the 21-year-old has conceded 39 goals in the league this season so far but hasn't let one in during the entire cup competition. In defence former Scunthorpe loanee Michael Rose is becoming a rock with 34 appearances this season with Ashley Williams in support.

In front of the duo is the former University of Dublin captain Gary Dicker and Adam Griffin. Up front Stockport have two high scoring strikers in home grown talent Liam Dickinson and Anthony Elding both have scored 5 in the last 3 matches.

Key Player
Anthony Elding (left) formerly of Boston is County’s leading scorer with 13 including a hattrick against struggling Brentford early on in the season helping his confidence. He has scored three in as many games of late and the run of form hasn't come soon enough for Elding who had previously gone eight games without a goal. Now in form and finding the net regularly if he is in the squad, Elding will be the major trouble for our defence.

Recent Form

TownStockport
WChesterfield(a)2-1
WChester(a)2-0
WLincoln(h)1-0
LAccrington(h)1-2
DStockport(a)1-1
Currently 15th in League Two.
WNotts Co(a)2-1
WMorecambe(h)2-1
WWrexham(a)1-0
LShrewsbury(a)1-3
DGrimsby(h)1-1
Currently 10th in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownStockport
Danny North5
Elding13
Dickinson10
Proudlock9

Team News

TownStockport

  • Ciaran Toner is still ruled out with a hamstring problem.

  • Sam Hird and Martin Butler are both cup tied having played in the JPT for their former clubs.

  • Danny Boshell is back in contention after missing the Chesterfield game through illness..
  • Gareth Owen's hamstring injury should see James Tunnicliffe coming into Stockport's side.

  • Rob Clare, Ashley Williams and Matty McNeil are all ruled out through injury, while Jim McNulty is ineligible for the tie.
  • Probable Teams

    TownStockport
    G1Barnes
    D5Bennett
    D6Fenton
    D24Atkinson
    D3Newey
    M8Bolland
    M11Boshell
    M4Hunt
    M17Hegarty
    F9North
    F19Jones
    G26Logan
    D32Smith
    D15Raynes
    D16Tunnicliffe
    D3Rose
    M7Poole
    M4Taylor
    M8Dicker
    M17Pilkington
    F9Elding
    F20Dickinson

    Subs

    TownStockport
    13Montgomery
    18Bore
    7Till
    20Taylor
    12Rankin
    19Tierney
    31Proudlock
    14McSweeney
    28Turnbull
    25Havern

    Head to Head

    Although Town have a good record overall against Stockport, in recent years it has not been great. Grimsby have not won the last eight against the Hatters, and it is 18 years since Town last won at Edgeley Park

    P 69 W 28 D 18 L23 F 104 A 87

    Stockport Head-to-Head (35th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Stockport 1 Grimsby 1 (Sat 22nd December 2007)

    We only have to cast our minds back to the Saturday before Christmas, when Town were just minutes away from an unexpected away win over Stockport County. Martin Butler had given Town a well deserved first half lead. But County's second half pressure eventually told and Stockport levelled with seven minutes to go.

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    Prediction

    Stockport 0-2 Grimsby

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