A mixed performance saw County slump to a 4-1 loss on the opening day of The Skrill North 2013/14 campaign at Edgeley Park to a very confident Boston United team. County never seemed to settle in and on the 7th minute Boston’s Scott Garner scored a scrappy goal from a Ben Milnes corner.
County didn’t give up and kept on battling playing the ball down the wings to Kyle Jacobs and Steve O’Halloran who both played in an attacking wing-back role. On the 20th minute this paid off with a Boston player giving away a handball in their own box to give away a penalty to county. It was taken low and down the right by Kristian Dennis to open his account for the season after a very impressive pre-season notching up 11 goals in 12 games.
The half was very even after this with both teams attacking in equal measure however Ian Ormson was very lucky to save the ball with his head after rushing to the outside of his area on the 39th minute. County had a few good chances from crosses at the other end but entered the tunnel for half-time with a draw on scoreboard. There was hope the team would come back out and show desire to win the game.
However this was never the case with the Pilgrims coming out and having most of the possession, this paid off for the team travelling from Lincolnshire on the 55th when Marc Newsham came racing down the left to put them ahead for a second time in the game. It got worse 3minutes later when Spencer Weir-Daley lifted the ball over Ormson on the 58th minute to make it 3-1 for the Pilgrims.
Highly rated youngster Rhys Turner looked lively after coming on for skipper Kieran Charnock on the 58th minute but didn’t do enough to bring the Hatters back into the game.
The final blow for the County faithful came on the 65th minute when Miller tapped home when Ormson couldn’t hold a shot from Newsham.
The team showed fight to try and turn the game around with great defending from Garner stopping Dennis from getting his second and a fantastic save from Boston keeper Ashley Timms to deny Turner.
After just coming on for goal scorer Weir-Daley, Boston youngster Charley Sanders saw red for a reckless elbow on James Tunnicliffe on the 86th minute. But this was too little too late and the team couldn’t find a way through a sturdy Boston defence, ending the game 4-1 to the away team.
Stockport County: Ormson, Jacobs, O'Halloran, Fagbola, Tunnicliffe, Charnock (c) (Turner 58), Hand, Craney (Moke 67), Jevons (Howard 77), Dennis, Verma. Unused subs: King, Windsor
Boston United: Timms, Bore, Sansara, Marshall, Garner, Piergianni, Ross (c) (Faiclough 74), Mills, Miller, Newsham, Weir-Daley (Sanders 83). Subs: Vince, Galinski, Mills
Attendance: 3,317 (211 away supporters)