County suffered a disappointing defeat on a much worn pitch at the New Bucks Head. The game ended 2-0 to the Bucks but the main talking point was the terrific support shown by the County faithful who travelled down in numbers and showed why they are admired for their passion.
County started the game on the back foot with Telford having the majority of chances with County having very few chances to get into the Telford half and on the 24th minute The Bucks broke the deadlock after Andy Owens easily tapped home from a Mike Phenix cross. With 30 minutes gone on the clock, County started forcing themselves into the game with several good chances including a melee inside the Telford area ending with Rhys Oates heading wide from Kyle Jacobs' cross and a great play by Oates to get the ball behind the Telford defence but his lob over the on rushing Ryan Young went agonisingly wide. Controversy also arose in the first half when Telford had no more than two penalty shouts by referee Sian Massey waved away. But County went into half time 1-0 as they couldn’t find the luck they have had in front of goal recently.
Alan Lord made tactical changes at half time to try and get his team back in the game with new signing Mark Battersby making his debut for Stockport County and helped the Hatters get several more chances in the second half by looking very lively but unlike the team of late they were unable to convert their chances.
County went into the second half looking a little brighter but with the pitch cutting up all over the pitch Telford like in the first half were able to play the conditions better but County still had chances that should have been converted epitomised by a Tunji Moses cross being fumbled by Young with the ball landing at Mark Lees feet who forced a shot at goal but Young made up for his mistake with a terrific save that was the only thing stopping the ball going in and Oates doing well again to get down the right passed the Bucks defence to cross the ball to Howard who hit the ball with his weaker right foot and put it just over the bar.
On the 71st minute County’s chances of a comeback were weakened when Telford substitute Sean Clancy dinked a ball over Christian Dibble to make it 2-0 to the Shropshire side.
County kept trying to force their way through but found it hard to play on a very boggy pitch which did not suit County’s passing style under Alan Lord.
Written by Sam Thompson