Stockport Express

Friday night fun beneath floodlight­s


MARCH was an odd month for County.

Undefeated in six games but only two wins, both away from EP and four home draws that quite frankly may have cost us any hope of automatic promotion.

If, and I know we shouldn’t play the ‘what if’ game, those draws had been won then we’d be sitting very healthily in second place and looking great.

So are you a glass half full or a glass half empty?

I’ve got half a glass and so can see both positives and negatives in our current position.

At the start of the season, if we’d been offered it, I, and I suppose most of us, would have been very happy with fifth place at this stage of the season. But when you look at the eight dropped points, all from home fixtures, this month then there’s a moment of pause and question as to are we good enough?

“Friday night is County night” was the call when I was a lad and it was the highlight of my week back in the 70s.

As soon as the Salford fixture date was changed, I knew it would be a great night. Supporters of a certain age will have spoken about the “great nights under the lights”, grandads brought their grandkids, the younger element had their march along Greek Street, throw in a new County beer and it was going to be a great atmosphere.

The match itself, for the neutral at least, was a great spectacle, for the rest of us it was a nervy affair even though we’d got off to a great start.

We scored early, Connor Evans scored in the sixth minute after some brilliant work down the right from man of the match Kyle Knoyle.

Not too long after, Paddy Madden had a great chance to double our lead but his snap shot hit the inside of the post and rebounded to a Blake shirt who cleared the ball, an inch to the right and the game would have been won!

After that Salford came into the game more and more but never really threatened Ben Hinchliffe’s goal, that is until Callum Hendry scored a worldly at the start of the second half.

A quick throw in, a smart turn and a shot into the far side of the net all before our defence could react.

Saturday’s results were a mixed bag for us but Bradford and Mansfield winning closed the gap behind us, so it’s back to your glass being half full or half empty whether you had a good weekend I suppose.

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Www.mphotograp­ ●●Ryan Rydel

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