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Stockport County - Hattering Heights

Started on 16 May 2014 by Josh_MU
Latest Reply on 6 July 2014 by Walter
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10 yearsEdited

August Report - Highs and Lows

Well here we are, my first month of fixtures as the manager of Stockport County. Nervous? Of course not... well, maybe a little. It's going to be tough for us because quite frankly, teams in this division are much better than us, but hey, let's quit criticising our lads and see how they did!

Now if someone said to me "Hey Josh, would you take 10 points from your first 6 games?" I'd snap their hand off as it's a very encouraging start back in the Skrill Premier. In our first month our toughest team to face was Southend, as they have just been relegated from League 2 and kept most of their players, so they'll be a force to reckon with, anyway, let's evaluate how we did.

So as I mentioned before, Southend was undoubtedly our toughest test and I guess the scoreline just backs up my point as we were outplayed right from the off. I handed debuts to numerous players but I must say it's not the start I wanted, first game in a new division at home and we screw it up. In fairness though, the lads tried their best, and with a team like Southend oozing class, it was always against us.

However, our game against Nuneaton was a great response from the loss against Southend, by winning by 5 goals to nothing, which is exceptional. We got off to a flyer as Nat Jarvis netted his first goal of the season with a perfectly timed finish into the bottom corner. Then another of our new signings Danny Lloyd, netted two goals in the space of 7 minutes, which was absolutely amazing, he's a breath of fresh air that kid. Nat got the fourth goal to really rub salt in the wounds and then young Danny got his hat-trick with a great 20 yard striker to earn his first career hat-trick and become the leagues top goalscorer already.

Next was Hereford, a team we've played many times in our history and it was a pretty dull game. Nat Jarvis got his third goal of the season to give us the lead as he headed in a perfectly weighted cross from James Marwood to make it 1-0. However the referee gave a very soft penalty and they levelled up the match after a well taken penalty. 4 points out of 9 ain't too bad so far.

Braintree were next on our hit-list and boy, did we show them how to pass a ball. We dominated possession throughout the game and finally hit the net in the second half as Danny Pilkington was set through on goal by Archie Love and the winger slid the ball under the goalkeeper to give us all three points.

Then we faced Cambridge who are one of the favourites to get promoted this season. Nat Jarvis got yet another goal to give us the lead within the first 20 minutes and then we set to go more defensive as it was away at their ground however we couldn't hold out and we conceded two goals in quick succession to drop all three points.

And finally Salisbury. James Marwood got the only goal of the game to give us all three points and to end our month in good style. Taking 10 points from a possible 18 is a solid start which I'm very happy about.

League Table

Now my stupidity has brought a small downfall to my story, I didn't save ANY screenshots of the league table up until NOVEMBER. Sorry about this but I can tell you my position after the first month;



Player of the Month

Nat Jarvis

Nat has been our best player this month, getting 4 goals in 6 games is a very solid start from the young striker and I hope that he keeps improving and scoring us goals! He's also got one assist which makes him also a very good build-up player!
Mixed month, hopefully you can find consistency soon :)
Another really good update and some pretty good results too!
Hopefully you can keep this up and go on a good run of form, pushing up that league table :D
Really good updates mate as always! :D Hatters will find form soon I'm positive
Southend in the Conference? :O
mixed month but that 5-0 win, wow good updates as usual though mate
@Justice: I hope so! Thanks for the comment :)

@Pompey: Thanks Pompey. Yeah, I hope we can build on some results and possibly aim for the play-offs.

@Fmhunter: Cheers man. I do hope we find form, may be tricky though.

@510: Yeah aha. Tranmere will join them soon B)

@Jason: Yep, the 5-0 was great! Thanks :)

Stockport sign former Watford winger

County manager Josh Slater has signed former Watford winger Piero Mingoia on a free transfer, which is seen as a coup by most football fans across England.

Stockport County have added another player to their squad as Slater has signed a former Watford winger, Piero Mingoia from Accrington Stanley on a free transfer who will be available to play their next game against Macclesfield at Edgeley Park.

Mingoia has had a very impressive spell at Accrington Stanley, who he joined in 2013 and has told SCFCMedia that he is 'looking forward to playing for a club with such a good history' and exclaimed that he is 'excited to work under the new manager Josh Slater as his ideas are very good and successful.'

"Piero is a very exciting player and I am looking forward to working with him. He's a great capture for us and I hope his experience and talent will help us progress in this league. When he came available on the transfer market I thought I was dreaming and it was too good to be true but I was wrong and I cannot wait for our next game." Slater said.

Piero Mingoia (right) was a fan favourite for Accrington before he left for Stockport County.

Mingoia joins an ever-growing list of new faces at Stockport County and Slater hopes that he can be the 'catalyst' to Stockport County's early form and possibly help them push up the table to a more safe position come Christmas time.
Struggling to think of a story that beats yours...England and Stockport, both great. Good luck with Stockport. LLM's are always interesting to me :)
Consistency is key for LLM sides! Keep it up!
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10 yearsEdited

September Report - Moving on up

After a decent start to our season, we knew September would not be easier playing teams such as Luton, who are one of the favourites to get promotion. We'd also be facing Macclesfield in a local derby at Edgeley Park which will be our first game on TV for a while, so we have that to look forward too. Let's see how the team faired this month!

Just before I go into details about the results here, just look at all the green and yellow circles, beautiful aren't they? It was a sublime month! It couldn't have been any better! Well maybe, beating Luton.. and winning all my games.. but that's not the point! Considering our targets this season and the quality of the sides we are facing, this is a great month for us.

So our first game, a big local derby against Macclesfield, being a Stockport lad myself I despise Macclesfield and I was hoping the boys would prove who is the better team. We took the lead in the 39th minute via a Nat Jarvis strike, this lad is currently on fire with his form, and he never seems to stop scoring! However, we couldn't hold out and Macclesfield got a very lucky deflected goal to finish the game 1-1. As much as I'd have loved a win, I'll take a draw.

We then travelled to The Lamb Ground in Tamworth for an away game which proved to be tricky. They set up strong in defence which allowed us the dominate possession in the middle of the park. They parked the bus wanting to earn a point but when you have someone like Archie Love who can pick out a good pass you'll never be able to stop us as he set through Nat Jarvis on goal and he scored yet another goal to make it 5 goals in all for the young striker.

We then played Luton away, which was a very tough game that they dominated throughout. We just could keep hold of possession and when we gave the ball away they were so precise on the attack that we just couldn't stop them from scoring and eventually the game ended 2-0 to them which I expected going into this game. Let's move on quickly, shall we?

We then faced Alfreton at Edgeley Park and boy, did they come with a good game plan, we could have lost this game if it wasn't for James Marwood getting on the goal line to clear the ball away then run up the pitch and score an absolute beauty into the bottom right hand corner. What a signing he has been for us, hopefully he'll continue his good form.

Next was Wrexham who we really should be beating at home but, yet again we were punished by a late goal. Nat Jarvis got yet another goal for us 33 minutes in to give us the lead and we kept pushing on forward but we just couldn't get the second goal and they got a late equaliser 3 minutes from time to earn themselves a well deserved point, but as for us, we're a little disappointed.

After that disappointing draw, we were to face Ebbsfleet at home and we repsonded brilliantly. Danny Lloyd got our first goal 20 minutes in when he got in behind the defence and scored a neat finish to make it 1-0. They equalised soon after due to some abysmal defending, however it was shortly 2-1 to us after they scored a hilarious own goal. In the second half James Marwood sprung the offside trap and fired a fierce shot into the top corner to make it 3-1.

And then we faced Welling away, which proved to be tricky. We took the lead straight away as Nat Jarvis outpaced his man and curled a sweet shot past the goalkeeper to make it 1-0. Then two minutes after they equalised through a neat passing goal. They then took the lead after Newton slipped on the ball and they were able to capitalise on our mistake. But we responded in the second half and our new signing Piero Mingoia got the equalising goal to end it 2-2.

Finally we took on Forest Green away from home and we dominated them throughout, with our young midfielder Lewis Hawkins getting both goals to seal an important win for us leading into October, where our goals won't get any easier at all.

League Table

Now my stupidity has brought a small downfall to my story, I didn't save ANY screenshots of the league table up until NOVEMBER. Sorry about this but I can tell you my position after the second month;



Player of the Month

Nat Jarvis

For a second month running, Nat has been our best player, he's on amazing goalscoring form and is single handingly pulling us up the table. He has been an inspired signing and if he keeps up this form who knows what he'll achieve come the end of the season!
Your updates just never do disappoint :D Keep it up :)
I'm sure West Ham would love to swap him for Matt Jarvis considering his form ^_^
Lost against Luton :o
@Fmhunter x2: Haha thank you very much for the support :)

@Pauker x2: Yeah consistency is the key, hopefully we'll have a good patch of form, and yeah, Luton beat us.. God damn you Ryan Ferguson. xD

@Arvind: Haha I'd rather keep Nat than get Matt. :P

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