Gan­non over­joyed as glum Glovers suf­fer gi­antkilling

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP 1ST ROUND - By Martin Smith

STOCK­PORT pulled off one of the big­gest up­sets of the first round as the team from Na­tional League North beat a side 43 places above them. Alex Fisher headed the hosts in front be­fore Matty War­burto’s curl­ing free­kick lev­elled mat­ters. Nyal Bell then tapped in to give the visi­tors the lead at the break. The Hat­ters went fur­ther ahead mid­way through the sec­ond half as a de­fen­sive mix-up al­lowed sub­sti­tute Frank Mul­h­ern to walk the ball into the net. Hav­ing been rel­e­gated from the Foot­ball League for the first time in their his­tory in 2011, there has not been a huge amount to cel­e­brate at the club in re­cent times, but man­ager Jim Gal­lon can savour this win at Huish Park. “For the club this is a great day be­cause it shows we’re per­haps on the up and work­ing our way back,” Gan­non said.

“More im­por­tantly for these play­ers who are try­ing to es­tab­lish them­selves as full-time pro­fes­sion­als or work their way back into the game, for them it’s a mas­sive day. I said to them that this won’t be the high­light of their ca­reers, this is just a taste of what can come if you work re­ally hard.

“I’m re­ally de­lighted for the fans and the play­ers for all the ef­fort we put in to­day be­cause for us it’s a real high­light.

“These play­ers have got an op­por­tu­nity if they keep work­ing hard be­cause this is the stage to show they can play against these sort of sides and do well.”

For Glovers boss Dar­ren Way, af­ter see­ing his team take the lead through Fisher, to see them lose the game was hugely dis­ap­point­ing.

“That’s what the FA Cup can do to you,” he said. “They raised their game by an ex­tra 20 or 30 per cent. They got men be­hind the ball and we weren’t clever enough to break that down.”

PIC­TURES: Mike Petch

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