County prepare for return of legend
TOMORROW’S National League North clash with Blyth promises to be an emotional afternoon for some at Stockport County.
For the visitors are now under the stewardship of Alun Armstrong, who played for The Hatters in their most successful era of the 1990s.
Armstrong’s Spartans sit fourth in the table after eight wins in their first 14 games in the division.
But County boss Jim Gannon says that success from the division’s new boys hasn’t shocked anyone in the league.
“Blyth haven’t surprised us at all,” he said.
“It’s a highly competitive league, and in fact the teams who come up from the division below are often more competitive than the teams who come down from the National League.
“You can see from the league table, Blyth have won eight and lost five with no draws as yet, which shows they can be well on top of you or you can perhaps get on the front foot and impose yourself on the game.”
Gannon will be hoping his side continue their impressive home record which has seen County go unbeaten on home soil since November last year in all competitions.
The Hatters’ last defeat on their own turf came in a 2-1 reverse to Bradford PA on November 19 – with 16 games coming and going without defeat for County since.
James O’Connor will start for Sale for the first time tonight