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Match Report


Posted Sat 22 Sep 12 at 22:33 PM

The Hatters earned their second successive goal less draw away from home with a solid performance at Braintree Town, with Paul Turnbull and Lewis King making their first appearances since returning to Edgeley Park.

King was in action early on as his poor clearance from a back pass gave the home side an early opportunity to put him under pressure, James Tunnicliffe clearing the danger, home striker Dan Holman also trying his luck with a shot from distance which was just wide of King's post.

County's first threat came after neat work between Danny Whitehead, Alex Kenyon and Danny Hattersley allowed the striker room to shoot, his effort being blocked in box by the home defence.

Further pressure from the Hatters saw Whitehead's effort well saved by keeper Danny Naisbitt, the recalled Andy Halls put a header just wide, whilst Sean Newton clashed in the box with home defender Ryan Peters, the home defender staying down after blocking the County full back's effort on goal.

A couple of minutes later and a deep cross from Newton was headed back across goal by Halls, Adam Bailey-Dennis reacting well to clear the danger.

The home side forced the first corner of the game on 16 minutes, King opting to punch clear under pressure from Bailey-Dennis. Holman then wasting the chance to open the scoring, King happy to collect his weak effort at his post.

A clash of heads in middle of park saw both Kenyon and James Mulley require treatment on 18 minutes, the County midfielder leaving the pitch with blood pouring from his wound.

Both sides created chances as the half came to a close, a decent effort from Brad Quinton drifting wide of the post, whilst King made a brave save at the feet of Mulley.

From Kings quick throw the Hatters broke to the other end of the field, Kenyon turned passed his man and sent in a perfect cross to Whitehead who could only hit his shot straight at Naisbitt with County players and  supporters alike waiting for the net to bulge.

HT: Braintree Town 0 Stockport County 0

Craig Hobson replaced Sam Sheridan for the start of the second half to provide Hattersley with a foil up front. Within minutes Turnbull's free kick found the big striker who headed wide with his first touch.

Town came back with chances of their own, Sean Marks effort being saved by King and a misplaced pass from Turnbull allowed another shooting chance, King saving well to his right from Holman on 52 minutes.

County were no means out of the contest, Jordan Fagbola was next to try his luck for the Hatters, his header from a corner going just wide of the post, with Whitehead blasting another chance wide. A long kick from King creating another opportunity for Hobson who's shot was just wide.

Matt Mainwaring replaced Kenyon, who appeared to be struggling after receiving another blow to his heavily bandaged head, just after the hour mark.

King kept up his good performance with a save from Holman's drive and another brave save at the feet of the striker to keep the scores level. His distribution matching his handling as another long kick forward found Hobson. The striker being clattered from behind by Bailey-Dennis to earn a booking for the central defender.

With the game closing out both sides looked for the winner, Whitehead's goal bound volley blocked by Dean Wells whilst Matt Paine scuffed an effort wide and Holman's clever volley finally beat King only to rebound off the crossbar and away to safety.

FT: Braintree Town 0 Stockport County 0

Starting XI: King, Halls, Newton, Connor, Tunnicliffe, Whitehead, Kenyon (Mainwaring), Hattersley (Rowe), Sheridan (Hobson), Fagbola, Turnbull.

Subs: Ormson, Collins, Hobson, Rowe, Mainwaring .

ATT: 653 (103)


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