His­toric dou­ble for Town

Stockport Express - - Sport - AN­DREW CROMPTON

FRI­DAY 8th Septem­ber 2017 will for­ever be a mem­o­rable day in the his­tory of Stock­port Town Foot­ball Club.

On a wet Fri­day evening two of the club’s teams de­fied all ex­pec­ta­tions to gain vic­to­ries in FA com­pe­ti­tions.

Firstly, Stock­port Town U18s vis­ited Edge­ley Park to take on Stock­port County U18s in the FA Youth Cup, the first time the club had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion. And much to the sur­prise of the 160-plus crowd in at­ten­dance, they came away with a 4-3 vic­tory.

An un­be­liev­able long-range strike from Jack McCon­nell, fol­lowed by goals from Adam Simp­son, Ronny Pepe and an own goal, saw the young Li­ons grasp vic­tory, all de­spite a hat-trick from County striker, Rich­mond Banfo. Even more fas­ci­nat­ing was the fact that the team had only trained to­gether on one oc­ca­sion prior to the game. Of the squad, eleven were part of the club’s schol­ar­ship pro­gramme run by Coach­ing Con­nex­ions, that only started on the Wed­nes­day prior.

Jake Davies, the reg­u­lar re­serves man­ager who over­saw the vic­tory said “We are re­ally proud of the young lads, many of them were play­ing their first ever game for Stock­port Town, and this was a per­fect plat­form for them to demon­strate their abil­i­ties. The fan­tas­tic re­sult will hope­fully give them the con­fi­dence to not only go on a cup run, but to also push-on to the re­serves and first team.”

The prize for vic­tory is a trip to another lo­cal club in Hyde United, the game tak­ing place at Ewen Fields on Fri­day 22nd Septem­ber.

Mean­while, the first team trav­elled to midCheshire to take on North­wich Vic­to­ria, for­mer win­ners of the FA Tro­phy, but this time in the FA Vase. And like the U18s, the se­nior Li­ons showed no fear, rac­ing into a 4-1 lead with goals from Tyler Ed­wards, An­drew Fitzger­ald, and Aaron Dwyer (2).

North­wich ral­lied to pull back two late goals but it was not enough to deny the Li­ons a vic­tory and progress to the next round to take on West Dids­bury and Chorl­ton on 23rd Septem­ber.

The Li­ons are back in home ac­tion on Mon­day, tak­ing on New Mills at Stock­port Sports Vil­lage, 8pm kick off.

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