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Posted Sat 02 Feb 13 at 18:16 PM

Hatters win in Kalezic's first game

Darije Kalezic's first game in charge of the Hatters ended with a win against Nuneaton Town as a brilliant second half volley from man of the match Jon Nolan clinched all three points.

In a frantic first eighteen minutes County took a two goal lead through Connor Jennings and Danny Hattersley before Andy Brown grabbed two goals in three minutes to send the sides in level at the break.

The Hatters were awarded a free kick in the 3rd minute for foul on Danny Whitehead from which Jon Nolan bent a free kick into the six yard box Connor Jennings to flick past debutant keeper Lee Burge to open the scoring.

County doubled their lead 5 minutes later as Danny Hattersley stabbed home at the near post from Whitehead's cross after a defence splitting ball from Jennings down the right.

From out of nothing Town came back into the game as Andy Brown grabbed two goals in 3 minutes.

Firstly he arrived at the near post to slot home a cross in from left after Hattersley had given the ball away on the edge of his own box, and then after a foul by Nolan on James Armson, he headed home Adam Walker's free kick.

Town were happy to allow the Hatters plenty of possession, sitting deep and breaking away when the opportunity arose.

From a Sean Newton corner Whitehead should have put his side back in front but smashed his effort against the bar from a Jordan Fagbola knock down.

The visitors survived a frantic last few minutes of the half as the Hatters were denied a clear penalty on 40 minutes as Gordon handled a Matt Mainwaring cross in the box. David McNamee was then very lucky to stay on the field as he was booked on 41 minutes before committing another late challenge less than a minute later. The midfielder was substituted after a long talking to from referee Kavanagh.

Brown missed a glorious chance to claim a first half hat trick in the last of 3 added minutes as he failed to score from superb cross into the six yard box from Aaron Phillips.

HT Stockport County 2 (Jennings, Hattersley) Nuneaton Town 2

Mark Cullen, on loan from Hull City, made his County debut as he started the second half at the expense of Hattersley. The striker was immediately in the thick of the action as John Adams was booked for a late and high challenge on him.

Cullen quickly recovered showing his turn of pace and neat touch as he linked well with Jennings and Whitehead to earn his side a corner. Newton's kick being cleared from under his own bar by Gareth Dean.
On a rare counter attack from Town, Andy Halls blocked a goal bound effort from James Dance.

The goal that the Hatters had threatened throughout the second half arrived on 67 minutes.

A Jennings strike from 25 yards was deflected over for a corner kick, Newton's corner being headed to the edge of box to Nolan who struck home on the volley to put County back in front.

Kalezic replaced Whitehead with another of his signings, Jon Macken, the striker clearly being used for his experience as he brought a calming effect on his young team mates as he helped them see out the remaining minutes to claim a much needed three points.

FT: Stockport County 3 (Jennings, Hattersley, Nolan) Nuneaton Town 2 
Starting XI: O'Donnell, Halls, Newton, Tunnicliffe, Whitehead (Macken), Kenyon, Hattersley (Cullen), Nolan, Fagbola, Mainwaring, Jennings.
Subs: Ormson, Meaney, Brownhill, Cullen, Macken.
ATT: 4,133 (183) 
  

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