HAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT!
Gannon overjoyed as glum Glovers suffer giantkilling
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.”
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IT’S THREE! Bell slides in to score Stockport’s third goal