Stockport County started 2014 in sensational style trouncing Gainsborough Trinity 5-1 away from home to move up to 15th in the league. County were in imperious form this afternoon and with Alan Lord’s men taking 10 points from a possible 12 over a resurgent festive period hopes are high that a push up the league table could be on the cards.
County couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game when on the 3rd minute Kristian Dennis pounced on a loose ball in the box to give the Hatters lead with a half volley that squirmed beneath Phil Barnes in the Gainsborough goal.
Providing the bedrock for one of County's best performances of the season was Ian Ormson in goal who was on top form all game. His first save of the game showed what was to come from the youngster as he managed to tip over a header from a corner which dipped dangerously. Dennis too showed that he was rediscovering his own form with a powerful header from a great Nicky Platt corner flying into the back of the net to give the recalled striker his second with Trinity keeper Barnes rooted in disbelief.
After County’s second goal Trinity tried to force their way back into the game with an extended period of possession although Alan Lord's men kept chances to a minimum with a strong defensive display. The closest the home side came to a goal was a shot by Greg Young following a corner for Trinity, but the goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Nicky Platt to keep the Lincolnshire club at bay. Another dipping chance fell for Trinity but this time it was a cross come shot from Liam Davis which was superbly tipped over by Ormson, who helped the ball over via the top of the bar. Trinity went close again when Darryn Stamp’s shot went narrowly wide from a deflection after beating Ormson.
On the 41st minute Iain Howard made the home side pay for not capitalising on their one period of pressure as he put County even further in front. The winger pounced on a defensive mistake by Gainsborough to powerfully place a shot in the bottom corner to make the score 3-0 heading into half-time.
Trinity came out looking to try and get back into the game that was slipping away from them forcing County into their own half for most of the first 10 minutes, however exactly on the 55th minute Dennis sealed his hat-trick with a low drive creeping under Barnes after being played into a one-on-one by Platt which culminated from fantastic attacking play by the Hatters.
However, Trinity managed to get a consolation goal back on the 64th minute when Stamp headed beyond Ormson’s reach from a corner. It was shortlived joy for Trinity though as 6 minutes later County put the game to bed in sensational style with a fantastic 25yard strike from Chris Churchman, his first for the club on his full debut.
County introduced Dickinson for Dennis in the dying stages, allowing the hat trick hero the chance to receive an ovation from the County fans on all four sides of the ground. The traveling hordes also showed their appreciation at the end with Alan Lord and his team fully deserving the plaudits following a fine display.
Written by Sam Thompson