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Posted Mon 15 Oct 12 at 10:24 AM

Hatters back on track

The Hatters claimed all three points in a thoroughly entertaining game against Kidderminster Harriers at Edgeley Park thanks to a Sean Newton penalty on the stroke of half time. Jim Gannon made just one change to the side that had lost in midweek to Wrexham with ian Ormson reclaiming the number 1 shirt from Lewis King.

County began the game in much the same vein they had against Wrexham, creating several chances to take the lead. Sean Newton shooting wide from a knock down by Craig Hobson, Tom Collins, with great wing play, setting up Hobson who's effort was tipped over the bar by Nathan Vaughan.

The good attacking play continued as another break from Paul Turnbull found Danny Whitehead, Josh Gowling clearing the danger, whilst Vaughan tipped a right footed strike from Hobson over. From the resulting corner Jordan Fagbola and Whitehead both had shots blocked in a packed 6 yard box.

The visitors struggled to break out of there half as Danny Hattersley headed James Tunnicliffe's free kick over the bar with Vaughan making another save after neat play from Whitehead and Andy Halls gave the young County striker a shot on goal.

Harriers eventually showed as a force with a good spell of pressure with a cross from Lee Vaughan on the right which was headed over by Anthony Malbon who then had an effort blocked on the edge of the box by Tunnicliffe. With full back Vaughan starting to influence the game Gannon made a tactical substitution on 32 minutes replacing Collins with Alex Kenyon.

The move allowed Newton to attack more and within minutes a Hattersley flick on from the full backs cross created a chance for Whitehead, his shot again saved well by keeper Vaughan.

With the half coming to an end it was all County. Mainwaring and Hattersley heading over with Kenyon's 25 yard effort palmed away for another corner. The constant pressure finally paid off as Hattersley was brought down in the box on 43 minutes. Newton blasting the resulting spot kick into corner to give his side the lead.

The visitors, stung into action, almost grabbed an unlikely leveller as from the kick off former County star Keith Briggs, in space outside the box, shot just passed post with Ormson, called into action for the first time, made a breathtaking save to tip a Malbon effort onto the post and away to safety.

HT: Stockport County 1 (Newton)  Kidderminster Harriers 0

The Hatters had an immediate chance to double their lead in the opening minute of the second half, Mainwaring dancing his way into the box before laying the ball into the path of Hattersley, the striker failing to trouble Vaughan with a weak strike.

Following a clash of heads, Briggs and Hobson both left the field of play, the former County skipper returning with a head wound stitched, Hobson being replaced by current County skipper Joe Connor, himself returning from injury.

County appeared to be denied a blatant penalty on 53 minutes as Lee Vaughan controlled the ball with his hand in the box, and referee Backhouse waving away appeals the Harriers broke to the other end of the pitch, Malbon shooting across the face of goal with Ormson at full stretch.

The visitors, pushing forward were looking dangerous, albeit leaving gaps at the back, Newton heading a corner clear, Tunnicliffe clearing a shot, and former Hatter James Vincent's header being collected at the second attempt by Ormson.

Blissett headed another corner kick wide, a long range strike from Briggs was saved comfortably by Ormson with substitute Kyle Storer's cross deflected into the County keepers grateful arms.

County were now looking to hit their visitors on the break and from another corner Ormson claimed well, his quick thinking released Whitehead who strode into the visitors half before shooting over bar.  

Harriers keeper Vaughan kept his side in the match with two superb saves firstly from Kenyon who's volley from a Halls throw in seemed to be heading for the top corner before Vaughan tipped it over and secondly the big stopper denied Mainwaring his first goal for the club with another stunning save.

Ormson, not to be overshadowed by his opposite number, showed why Gannon had recalled him with his second brilliant save of the game to deny Harriers a share of the spoils.

Halls lost ball out on the left, Storer broke free with Ormson blocking his effort bravely, Newton completing the clearance.

The visitors last opportunity of the game came as substitute Richard Peniket blasted over with the goal at his mercy from a free kick, after Ormson had again made a brave save.

Kenyon almost put the gloss finish on the victory after good interplay between Turnbull, Hattersley and Mainwaring found him in space, his effort just over the bar.

FT Stockport County 1 (Newton)  Kidderminster Harriers 0

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

Subs: King, Connor, Kenyon, Sheridan, Rowe.  

ATT: 3,426 (207) 


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