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‘Easy easy easy!!!’ Stockport County taking to life in the National league with ease

Stockport County managed to beat Fylde last night 2-1 at Edgeley Park. Making it 3 wins on the bounce for the Hatters.

They managed to beat Fylde for the first time at Edgeley Park last night and earn 3 points. That makes it 5 wins in 6 for County and fans are ecstatic.

The game was that good for fans that the club asked who they thought the man of the match should have been because there were so many options with such a great performance. Jim Gannon couldn’t help but keep praising his team and the belief they have to do well. The fans couldn’t help but praise their manager.

Here are your reactions…

Photo Credit: Stockport County

Stockport County & Curzon Ashton both looking for wins today

The Football Manc Cave are looking at the National League sides that we follow, Stockport County and Curzon Ashton as they both look for points this weekend.

Stockport County

The Hatters take on Wrexham away. Stockport won their last game against Chesterfield 2-0. They are sitting comfortably at 7th in the league after winning 3 of their 7 games, drawing 2 and losing the other 2. They’re on 11 points and are hungry for more but have beat expectations in this league and fans are happy.

Wrexham is currently 13th on 9 points so Stockport could be looking to steal some more points here if they are lucky. Elliot Osborne and Nyal Bell have performed great recently and will be two to watch.

Curzon Ashton

The Nash is playing Guiseley away. Curzon isn’t going too great at the minute as they lost their last game against King’s Lynn Town an unfortunate 4-1. They also lost the game before against Kidderminster, 1-0. They currently sit 12th in the league with 9 points after 2 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses.

Guiseley is currently higher at 5th on 13 points after taking 4 wins and 1 draw from their 7 games. It’s looking as if it could be another loss for the Nash, however, Callum Saunders has scored 2 in 2 and could keep up his tally so that the goal difference that Curzon Ashton build-up doesn’t gain too much of a negative difference.

This versatile player is the key to a Stockport County win today

Stockport County could be challenging for a high position this season if they can continue their winning streak against Harrogate at Wetherby Road.

The Hatters started their season in a disappointing manner, losing to Maidenhead Utd on the bounce of winning the league and getting promoted the National League. However, in the four games since, Stockport have not lost one. They have drawn twice, though, against the experienced and well-versed opponents Notts County and Yeovil Town.

One or two successive wins for Stockport could see them in the top five of the table. Harrogate and Chesterfield stand in their way, being their next two features. With both sides around the bottom end of the table, Stockport would be naive to consider themselves underdogs in the fixtures.

After Stockport stormed their way into a higher division many wondered if they could they follow suit of their neighbours Salford City, whether the comparison is fair or not. With the results gained so far and the football being played on the pitch, it may not be such a long shot.

Fellow recently promoted Chorley, have not had the same sort of start to the season. Sitting second to last on 3 points, the difference in quality between themselves and Stockport indicate that County will survive this season comfortably. But it looks as though The Hatters will be disappointed with the campaign should they finish in the bottom half of the table.

Player to watch

Most Stockport County fans will agree that one name springs to mind when thinking about who is one to watch in their ever-improving squad. Adam Thomas has 7 goals and 4 assists in his last 13 appearances. In those games, he has featured at right-back, right-wing back, right-wing and centre forward.

This line up will see Stockport County earn 3 points over Eastleigh, agree?

Jim Gannon’s side is trying their best to gain points in the National League and their next chance comes this Saturday against Eastleigh. The Football Manc Cave is looking at the possible line up, both teams last few games and players to look out for.

First 4 Games:

Stockport have done pretty well since they only got promoted last season.

Stockport 0-1 Maidenhead

Notts County 1-1 Stockport

Yeovil Town 1-1 Stockport

Stockport 3-2 Barrow

They’ll be looking to take another three points this weekend, however, they’ll have a hard task with Eastleigh in their sixth season in the National League. They got to the playoffs last season, so if Stockport wants to take anything from this game, they’ll have to work hard.

Eastleigh Form

Eastleigh so far has won against Notts County, 1-0, lost 1-0 to Yeovil, lost again to Barrow, 2-0 and drawn 1-1 with Sutton United. If the Hatters can play at the same standard they did against Barrow, they’ll be in with a chance. Jim Gannon’s side managed to win 3-2 from being 1-0 down.

Line-Up

Frank Mulhern received Man of the Match against Barrow so he will surely be in the line up on Saturday. Jordan Keane found the back of the net so he’ll be guaranteed his position. Adam Thomas also netted the other two goals and will be one to watch for Stockport.

The Hatters will be fighting for three points but even a draw will be an accomplishment from this tough side. Hopefully, Jim Gannon’s side can take the buzz they got from their 3-2 win and take motivation from it.

‘First 3 points, fans were electric we go again Saturday’ Stockport County expect more of the same after the first win

The Football Manc cave is looking at Stockport County fans’ reactions to their first win this season in the National League.

Jim Gannon’s team have been great at holding out for draws, however, fans really wanted to see a win so that it would secure them a few more points. They have managed to win 3-2 against Barrow.

Jim Gannon is glad that his team has started to gel together and now that he’s found a set of players that work well together, fans should expect that same squad to be expected on Saturday. However, we are looking at your opinions towards the first three points that the Hatters have grabbed…

Stockport County needs to start these two players, agree?

Jim Gannon’s Stockport County side has got underway in the National League. Now that fans have an idea of how their team are performing, the Football Manc Cave take a look at 2 players who will make the biggest impact going forward.

The Hatters got an idea of the standard required in the National League as they lost their opening game against Maidenhead United, 1-0. They then managed to grab a draw against Notts County in the week. Before they play Yeovil Town on Saturday, we are picking out two players who should be the key players for Stockport through they season as they are given the chance…

Elliot Osborne

The 23-year-old midfielder had a loan spell with the Hatters in 2017 after Fleetwood sent him out for experience. In 2018, he signed for Southport who also sent him out on loan back to Stockport. He has now signed a two year deal with Jim Gannon’s side.

Osborne has impressed fans, the team and the manager. This has earned him starts this season and I imagine he will be a great influence to assists, goals and the team pushing forward to produce chances.

Jake Kirby

Another player who started his journey with the Hatters after appearing in a loan spell from Tranmere Rovers. He joined the club permanently in 2018 and has been successful ever since. The midfielder started Stockport’s last game along side Osborne and Jim Gannon’s side managed a draw in their new league campaign.

Gannon explores the possibilities of all his players and plays to their advantages while teaching his players to exploit their opponents. We hope Stockport can perform even better on Saturday with these two players in the mix.

Two small learning curbs Stockport County can take into tonight’s match

Stockport County lost their first league game of the season to Maidenhead United 1-0. The Football Manc Cave are picking out two things Jim Gannon’s team would have learned ahead of their clash with Notts County.

Stockport could have had a worse start to the National League. A 1-0 defeat is something they shouldn’t take too hard as it’s their first game back in the league.

Before they take on Notts County on tonight, here’s two things that their opening fixture would have taught them.

League

They’ve now had a little taste of what football in this league will be like and the standards required. Now they can build from their mistakes and work on things they may have missed. Stockport did a great job of playing to their strengths last year and exploiting the weaknesses of their opposition which is what gained them promotion.

Now that they’re going into the National League, they will have to find those strengths and weaknesses at a new level but they’ll have to do it soon before it gets too late into the season.

Fouls

Jim Gannon spoke about the game and he addressed the referee and the ‘scuffles’ in the match. He basically pointed out that the referees in this league need to establish what is a foul and what’s a bit of acting.

However, that’s football these days, players will go down for anything and it’s for that reason that the Hatters should try to refrain from silly tackles and get their timings right when going for the ball. They should also start going down a little easier to try and win free-kicks as other teams are clearly taking advantage, so why not try to win a challenge every now and again.

The final touches: What Gannon should be getting right in Stockport County’s training this week

With a big season ahead, Stockport County has a lot of work to do in order to survive in their new division.

Last season, Stockport County won the National League North and secured promotion to the National League.

Jim Gannon has breathed life into County since his third appointment at the club in 2016. Going into the National League, his side must prepare for an intense season.

Although it is unlikely for Stockport to follow suit of their neighbours Salford City with a double-promotion, Gannon’s men could still go far in their new division.

Where does Stockport go from here?

In order to survive their new competition, Stockport must fully establish a method of play. The team need to gel fully, understand each other and have the same vision for the club. Therefore, training sessions should focus on tactics and strategies, whilst keeping the fitness of the team very high.

By establishing a method that has been solidified in the squad, they can continue to build towards projections, which should be to find themselves in the EFL League Two.

If Jim Gannon can continue to get the players on his wavelength, his side can survive the National League next season. Upon that, they can acquire the correct signings who will find it easy to integrate with a squad who all know exactly how the gaffer wants them to play.

Stockport County has lost their main goal scorer Matt Warburton, meaning that Gannon needs to find alternative methods for scoring goals. Their ability to hit the back of the net, whilst remaining fairly solid at the back, is what clinched the side promotion.

Gannon should remain at the club for the foreseeable future. He is the right man to lay the foundations to build on, being closely tied to the club. By following a set structure of projections, Stockport County could easily be contenders for promotion over the next few seasons.

Stockport County’s Gannon will have noticed two stand out points from pre-season

With pre-season drawing to a close, The Football Manc Cave is looking at what Stockport County have given us an insight to for the upcoming season.

Their promotion to the National League was an achievement in itself and now Jim Gannon’s side has put on a great display of football in their pre-season campaign. They managed to beat Cheadle Heath 8-0, Stockport Town, 10-0, Curzon Ashton 2-0, draw with Guiseley 2-2, beat Altrincham 2-1 and Oldham Athletic 2-0.

These friendly games often see unexpected results, high scoring games and a series of new players get a chance to shine. The season ahead may be more challenging for the Hatters, however, here are two things that have stood out for Gannon’s side in the summer games.

Goals

They’ve obviously had some high scoring games here and managed to keep clean sheets. If they can try to keep that same form and standard up in the National League, it could determine their place in the table as goal difference will play a huge part.

Some County fans are still trying to get their club to invest in new signings. As the game against Guiseley saw them go 2-0 up only to end up with some sloppy defending that resulted in a draw. Not giving away goals so easy when they’re leading is something Jim Gannon will probably have them working on before the start of the season.

Jake Kirby

The 25-year-old striker has scored quite a few in these friendlies and for that reason, he’s surely one to watch. He’s even got himself the title for the Hatters pre-season leading goal-scorer throughout these friendlies. Kirby was loaned to Stockport in 2015 from Tranmere Rovers. In 11 appearances he managed to bag 4 goals for the Hatters, and when he signed officially in 2018 he found the back of the net 3 times in 20 appearances. Clearly, the striker has blossomed since and I bet he’ll wind up this season as a lead goal-scoring contender.

Stockport County impressive, whilst Oldham Athletic still have work to do

Oldham Athletic and Stockport County are two teams that The Football Manc Cave report on regularly so to hear they would be facing one another in a pre-season friendly was something we couldn’t miss.

This should have seen Bolton Wanderers face the Latics. However, this didn’t go ahead at the request of Oldham who was worried that the Trotters would have cancelled on them last minute, as they have with their other pre-season games.

Stockport have had a promising pre-season campaign and have seen a lot of goals, Oldham, on the other hand, can’t say the same. Fans have become increasingly frustrated and fed up with their performances this summer and have insisted that they sign new defenders.

Seeing the two teams meet was interesting…

First Half

Oldham started out with three trialists in the starting eleven, and two on the bench which should have given fans a little bit of hope that their side was answering their prayers for new players.

However, it only took 4 minutes for Oldham to disappoint. After a Stockport corner saw Ash Palmer power a header straight past Gary Woods and into the back of the net.

Stockport carried on piling the pressure as Oldham didn’t get too many chances for the rest of the half. It was just before half time when Woods was forced to save the initial efforts from Connor Dimaio, only to be disappointed again as Sam Walker found the rebound and rolled the ball into the back of the net.

With Oldham trailing 2-0 at the half time whistle, Laurent Banide’s side had a lot of work to do if they were going to please their fans.

Second Half

The second part of the game saw Oldham come out a little more positive giving fans something to shout about. It looked like they were going to produce some good football initially only getting a shot on goal seemed troubling.

Stockport fans seemed happy with the performance of their side and so they should be. They’ve had a great pre-season campaign and fans have been impressed, even though there’s been a lack of signings over the summer.

It took 88 minutes for Oldham to find a shot on target that actually gave their fans some excitement. Other than that, the second half didn’t have too much to show for either side. Only that the Hatters have a collective squad who looked professional, well-gelled together and ready for their season -compared to Oldham who isn’t giving fans much hope.

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