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Report: Cheadle 0-8 County

Posted: Thu 19 Jul 2012

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Hatters hit eight on soggy Park Road pitch

Jim Gannon's new look squad played their first pre-season game at Park Road against Cheadle Town, the game being played as a thank you to Town for their assistance in providing a training venue for the Hatters.

Gannon named two complete sides, one for each half with new signings James Tunnicliffe, Tom Collins, Craig Hobson, Alex Kenyon and Sean Newton all starting the first half.

County kicked the game off with Joe Connor wearing the skippers armband.

With the pitch heavy in places due to a full day of rain, the home side almost had an early opportunity to open the scoring as the ball stopped dead in surface water, John Nolan clearing the danger for the Hatters.

Town had another opportunity after a foul by Tunnicliffe, the free kick, whipped into the far post, being well headed clear by Danny Hattersley.

A minute later and Hattersley appeared to be bundled over in opposite box by the Town keeper, the referee pointing for a corner kick.

County opened the scoring on 8 minutes after superb play down left by Kenyon and Newton gave the full back chance to whip in a cross which saw Hobson rise and head home deftly to give hatters the lead.

Four minutes later and it was two, Kenyon was brought down out on the left and a pinpoint free kick from Collins was again headed home by Hobson for his and County's second goal.

Both sides were trying to play a passing game, although at times the conditions prevented it, however a decent passage of play saw the Hatters awarded another free kick in a dangerous area on 25 minutes.

In a very similar position to his dead ball goal at Kettering, Newton stood over the ball and as he had for his first goal for the club, he arrowed the ball into the top corner to give his side a three goal cushion.

The surface water was causing the Hatters defence more problems than the home side with Tunnicliffe and then Nolan beaten by pitch, on both occasions Connor cleared the danger.

Ian Ormson made his first real save of the game from a looping cross shot as Cheadle mounted a rare attack on the half hour.

Hattersley and Hobson were both denied goals as the home keeper saved their efforts, but he was powerless to stop Newton's penalty on 43 minutes. The spot kick awarded after Nolan had been brought down in box.

Nolan provided a fifth just before half time as his superb pass split the defence to find Andy Halls on the right. The overlapping full back cutting the ball back to Hattersley who gratefully tapped home at the far post on 44 minutes.

HT: Cheadle Town 0 Stockport County 5 (Hobson 2 Newton 2 Hattersley)

Gannon sent out a completely different County side for the start of second half with regular first team squad players Sheridan, Piergianni, Darkwah and Whitehead, the club's first year professionals and trialists Fagbola, Meaney and Ob-Agbo.

Whitehead, looking sharp, had the first effort of half firing wide from edge of box. The home keeper turned another effort round post for a corner on 55 minutes.

Meaney's kick, cleared to the edge of the box, fell kindly for Sheridan who smacked it through a crowd of players into the bottom corner for the first goal of the half.

Piergianni headed clear from Town's first corner kick of the half, with Say charging down the second ball as the home side looked for a way back into the game.

Meaney was denied a debut goal by a fine fingertip save on the hour mark, but the relief was only momentary for the Cheadle keeper.

Sheridan's corner headed home at the far post by Obi-Agbo.

Darkwah, looking lively and linking up well with the Belgian trialist, flashed an effort wide when well placed on 71 minutes.

Deji Omoboye replaced Andy Graham on 74 minutes and within five minutes he had grabbed his first senior goal.

Picking up a cut back from Darkwah, the winger danced around two defenders before finding the bottom corner for the eight County goal of the night.

Obi-Agbo, Omoboye and Piergianni all came close to adding to Town's woes before the final whistle.

FT: Cheadle Town 0 Stockport County 8 (Hobson 2, Newton 2, Hattersley, Sheridan, Obi-Agbo, Omoboye)

County 1st half: Ormson, Halls, Newton, Connor, O'Donnell, Tunnicliffe, Nolan, Kenyon, Hattersley, Collins, Hobson.

County 2nd half: Smith, Say, Piergianni, Fagbola, Brownhill, Graham, Sheridan, Meaney, Darkwah, Whitehead, Obi-Agbo.

ATT: 610