County extended their unbeaten league run to four games following today’s 2-2 draw against Gloucester City but will be cursing their profligacy in front of goal as they failed to capitalise on a host of chances and let two points slip away.
County started the first half well with Kristian Dennis accepting the ball and bearing down on goal but was just unable to convert, shooting instead straight at Gloucester’s Michael Green just inside 3 minutes.
Rhys Turner netted his fourth goal in as many games after getting on the end of Bobby Lofthouse’s through ball which left Turner with just the ‘keeper to beat. He cooly slotted the ball home to give County the lead. County continued to pressurise Gloucester City’s defence in the pursuit of doubling their lead, with Turner playing a neat back heel over the top of the defence for Dennis to latch onto and fire a shot just wide.
Gloucester’s best chance of the half came on the 34th minute but they were denied by Scott Duxbury who slid in well to intercept the ball and cancel out threat of a shot inside County’s box.
County ended the first half looking confident with the lead, dominating play and applying a lot of pressure on the opposition’s defence.
Gloucester had an opportunity to get a goal back early in the second half when County were dispossessed on the right of the six yard box leaving the Gloucestershire side through on goal. This brought a great save from Ormson who did well to get down and deny City with the follow up shot from Gloucester going wide.
The Hatters went on to apply further pressure on the opposition with Rhys Turner coming close from Kristian Dennis’ low and inviting ball just outside the six yard box but Turner was just inches away from claiming his second of the match. The second goal soon arrived though on the 55th minute. Rhys Turner used his pace to beat his man down the right wing and found the by-line before squaring to Kristian Dennis, Gloucester’s Tom Webb attempts to clear the ball saw him turn it into his own net giving County a deserved second goal.
Undeterred though Gloucester fought their way back into the game and struck the Hatters on the counter with Darren Edwards finding enough space to fire his shot at Ormson who did well to get down and parry the ball. Unfortunately though it wasn’t enough as Will Morford latched onto the rebound and passed the ball into County’s goal.
City went in search of an equaliser on the hour mark with dangerous play on the right resulting in a ball across the 18 yard box which beat Ormson’s right hand but Kyle Jacobs was on hand to clear before City can capitalise on the opportunity.
Both sides understood that the next goal was crucial with the game opening up and County went close with some neat football allowing Dennis to pull off a swift turn put himself through on goal but he failed to convert. His shot was straight down the keeper’s throat and Turner’s follow up shot was deflected and the pressure averted. It was from extended County pressure that Gloucester City’s Wilson broke to beat the County defence and cut the ball back to Darren Edwards to stroke the equaliser on the 64th minute.
For the remainder of the game County continued to create chances but were unable to finish or find a telling final ball. In the dying moments of the game Turner had a great opportunity to win the game for County, engineering some space for himself with just the ‘keeper to beat but he fired the ball wide of the mark. The Hatters continued to press for a late winner with Kyle Jacobs playing in a floating ball towards Kristian Dennis who met with a firm header on goal but Mike Green reacted well to tip the ball over for a County corner.
County were unable to make the most of the chances they created from a good attacking display.
FT: Stockport County 2-2 Gloucester City
Stockport County: Ormson, Jacobs, Duxbury, Gosset (Windsor), Tunnicliffe, Charnock, Moses (Platt), Lofthouse (Verma), Turner, Dennis, Howard
Unused Subs: Jones, Fagbola
Gloucester City: Green, Rawlings, Weir, Coupe, Harris, Webb (Wilson), Parker, Mullins, Edwards, Morford, Liddard
Unused Subs: Phillips, Mustoe, Binns, Green
Man of the Match: Rhys Turner