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Posted Tue 06 Nov 12 at 21:45 PM

Hattersley sinks Barrow

County kept up their good league form with a win against Barrow at Edgeley Park, two Danny Hattersley goals and a superb Matty Mainwaring strike enough to move the Hatters up to ninth in the Blue Square Premier table.
In a lively opening it was the visitors who created the first chance, breaking away from a County corner with James Tunnicliffe clearing the danger.
County settled into their rhythm early to take charge of the game, a neat break from Danny Whitehead saw Sean Newton in space on the left, the full back miss hitting his cross to waste the chance. From the full back's free kick Joe Connor's flicked header goal was saved comfortably by keeper Danny Hurst.
In a very one sided half County created several openings with Connor, Whitehead, Paul Turnbull, Andy Halls and Newton all seeing efforts trouble the visitors defence.
The 'bluebirds' only real chance coming after Tunnicliffe gave away a free kick on the edge of his own box on 22 minutes, Richie Baker blasting the free kick well over the bar.
County again went close as a Newton cross was turned over the bar by Craig Hobson, the full back, linking well with Matt Mainwaring appeared to be at the heart of all of the Hatters good play and he went close to opening the scoring himself as his drive from the edge of the box shaved the bar.
A rare spell of pressure from the visitors in which efforts were cleared by Hobson, Tunnicliffe and Jordan Fagbola clears was followed by the opening goal of the game for the Hatters.
More good play on the left from Newton saw his cross helped on by Hobson to Danny Hattersley who gleefully tapped home to give his side the lead their play deserved.
Mainwaring and Newton combined again with the midfielders cross being headed just wide by Hobson with keeper Hurst stranded before the visitors came close to snatching a leveller with Fagbola clearing a certain goal with a superb blocking tackle to preserve his side's lead at the break.
HT: Stockport County 1 (Hattersley) Barrow 0
Both sides made a change at the start of the second half, Tom Collins replacing Hobson and former County winger Danny M Rowe replacing Alex-Ray Harvey.
Rowe was quickly in action as he tested Ian Ormson, the County keeper making his first save of the game.
The Hatters built on their lead in the third minute of the half and again it was Newton who provided the cross for Hattersley to double his and County's tally. The striker heading home the perfect corner kick for his seventh goal of the season.
Whitehead was also proving to be a thorn in Barrow's side, his probing runs creating opportunities for Mainwaring and Hattersley. His pass to Halls was crossed to the far post for Mainwaring who smashed home his first goal for almost four years to put the Hatters three goals up.
The visitors, looking for a way back into the game earned a corner kick which led to a goal for Rowe on his return. The ball falling kindly for the winger to slam into the top corner passed his former team mate Ormson.
Both sides looked for the next goal with Mainwaring smashing another spectacular volley just over the bar, Hurst saving from Turnbull, whilst a shot from distance by Barker went wide of Ormson's goal, the County keeper saving well from Anderson before making his best save of the game in added time to deny the visitors a late goal.
FT: Stockport County 3 (Hattersley 2, Mainwaring) Barrow 1
Starting XI: Ormson, Halls, Newton, Connor, Tunnicliffe, Whitehead, Hattersley (Rowe), Hobson (Collins/Sheridan), Fagbola, Mainwaring, Turnbull.
Subs: King, O'Donnell, Collins, Sheridan, Rowe.
ATT: 2,805 (93)  

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