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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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Good signing, hopefully he'll do well :)

January Report - New Heights

This month can easily make or break our season, although we're overachieving, I sense we can push for top spot. 5 Skrill Premier games plus 1 or 2 FA Trophy games depending on whether or not we progress. Now onto our results!

Firstly we faced Cambridge, who are our play-off 'friends'. We dominated possession as usual but they defended superbly. We kept trying to break down their defence but they were very solid and caused us to rush our moves. They countered numerous times but we held out and got the winner when Piero Mingoia smashed the ball towards the centre of the box and Rory McAuley scored an own-goal! We'll take a goal in any way possible!

Next was Braintree, who we have bested before this season however it was at their ground which would make it more difficult. It was a fairly even game with chances at each end but no team could make the breakthrough until the final 10 minutes when we broke from a corner and Jay Harris smashed the ball into the far corner to make it 1-0. And 2 minutes from time our in-form forward Nat Jarvis got another goal to make it 2-0 and take all three points back to Edgeley.

Now onto the FA Trophy 3rd round against Chester. I really want us to progress in this tournament and we were showed that we are capable as Piero Mingoia had the only chance of the game which the former Watford winger did in emphatic style! This win now sends us into the quarter finals of the FA Trophy where we will be facing Alfreton away.

Macclesfield were next in yet another local derby, hopefully this time we'd actually win this game as we drew with them last time. We took the lead through an amazing run from Lewis Hawkins in which he calmly slotted the ball past the keeper. We got the second goal through the experienced John Dempster who headed in from 6 yards. They pulled a goal back early in the second half but we held them off and took three huge points from our local rivals!

We faced Salisbury next at Edgeley Park which proved to be a very exciting game. We start really quickly as Piero Mingoia got yet another goal which a sweetly struck volley into the top corner which even I applauded. 2 minutes later we got the second goal as Aristoe Nsiala got his first goal of the season, heading in from a corner to make it 2-0. They made it 2-1 with a smart finish but Danny Pilkington made it 3-1 to make our lead more comfortable. They struck back to make it 3-2 but we held out to get an important 2 points.

Then we faced Tamworth who we dominated throughout the whole game. We got the lead through Danny Pilkington who had an easy tap in after some great work from Mingoia. We got the second goal through Piero Mingoia who scored another amazing volley into the bottom corner to make it 2-0. They brought it back to 2-1 but we were rarely troubled after that to still keep our 100% record this month.

And finally our FA Trophy quarter-final against Alfreton which was our toughest game this month. They attacked us throughout the whole game to a point where we just couldn't push out of our box. However Danny Pilkington scores the big goals and he did it again when we broke the offside trap and chipped the goalkeeper to send us through to the SEMI-FINAL!

League Table

WE'RE FIRST! It's been an incredible month as we kept a 100% record and capitalised on Grimsby slipping up! Hopefully we can stay at the top come the end of the season! We need to be wary of our goal difference as Grimsby's is higher.


Player of the Month

Piero Mingoia

Piero has been immense this month! He's scored most of our goals including two incredible volleys! He's also got a couple of assists and is improving everyday! It is VITAL we keep him fit for the latter stages of the league and the FA Trophy.
Excellent writing + Excellent presentation = Excellent update

Seriously, really like the way you're writing these update and on top of that you have something good to write about! Great month!
2014-05-25 17:01#176591 Jack : Excellent writing + Excellent presentation = Excellent update

Seriously, really like the way you're writing these update and on top of that you have something good to write about! Great month!
Wow thank you very much Jack! I'm glad you like my update style and yeah, we had such a good month!

Stockport County have drawn Grimsby Town in the semi-final of the FA Trophy with the first leg being played at Edgeley Park.

The top two of the Skrill Premier will battle each other for a place at Wembley to contest the FA Trophy final which would be the first piece of silverware for either club this season, with them both fighting for top spot in the Skrill Premier this makes for a tasty affair.

Stockport beat Chester to reach the semi-final where as Grimsby defeated Gainsborough comfortable to make it to the semi-final, with Sky Bet making Grimsby Town the favourites to win the tie after both legs.

Regarding injury news, Stockport's right full-back Sam Minihan will miss both legs due to a length ankle injury, but also regular midfielder Lewis Hawkins may not be fit enough to play in the first leg but he will make the second leg for sure.

As for Grimsby, loanee Jordan Slew will miss the first leg at Edgeley Park whereas right full-back Sam Hatton will miss both legs due to a torn hamstring meaning both sides will be affected by injuries for each leg.
A good side in Grimsby but it's a big let-off for you having Jordan Slew missing the first-leg. Great update as usual :D
2014-05-25 18:34#176601 Jack : A good side in Grimsby but it's a big let-off for you having Jordan Slew missing the first-leg. Great update as usual :D
They are indeed! Slew being out is great news! Thanks man :)

Slater hails in-form Mingoia

Stockport County manager Josh Slater has hailed his in-form winger, Piero Mingoia, after some impressive performances in the Skrill Premier.

Usually free transfers aren't usually things to get excited about but the Stockport County fans should be pleased with their manager signing Piero Mingoia on a free, as the Italian born winger is currently in the best form of his career.

Mingoia has been so good even his manager took time out of his everyday schedule to praise the winger after he's endured a good goalscoring spell and seems to improve every time you watch him, with the winger now becoming a fan favourite and the first name on every team sheet.

Josh Slater: "Piero has been out of this world, what a player he is. When I first saw him available on a free transfer I knew that'd he'd be a great addition to the squad as he's got good experience at a higher level and has shown he can perform very well on the day. But after he's endured such a good spell for the team I've really seen just how good he is and we are so lucky to have him here."

Piero Mingoia is fit enough to play in Stockport's FA Trophy semi-final first leg tie against Grimsby and he will be key figure in Stockport's race for promotion back to the Football League.
Nice update and nice graphic too, good to see him performing well!
Really good update here :)
And I wouldn't mind the 100th reply ;)
I like Accrington Stanley, so I know what a player Mingoia is in League Two. He'd look even better in the Conference! Not surprised that he's doping well for you!
@Pompey: Thanks Pompey, he's a front runner for player of the season.

@Jack x2: Haha thanks for the comment and for being my 100 reply ;)

@510: Great player ain't he? Better than the whole Tranmere team.
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February Report - In touching distance.

This was going to be our biggest month yet, we'd be playing 4 important Skrill Premier games as well as facing Grimsby in two legs for the FA Trophy Final, which will be very tough. I'm hoping the team can perform to their best and make this a memorable month! Now, to the results!

Lets start with Alfreton away, which we were going to in high hopes as their manager is under increasing pressure. We took the lead through Piero Mingoia, who I spoke highly about prior to this game, and boy, what a sweetly stuck half-volley it was! However due to some bad marking they scored from a header and earnt a point out of this game, harsh.

Now onto the first leg of the FA Trophy semi final against Grimsby, which should be a win for us due to us having a home advantage. They took the lead after their forward ran through our defence and slotted the ball past Atkins in goal. We levelled through Nat Jarvis, who has been our main goal threat throughout this campaign however the injury time in the second half they scored a goal which looked and was offside but it was give and it was advantage Grimsby going into the second leg at their ground.

We then travelled away to Wrexham, where I was hoping the team would bounce back and gain the needed momentum going into the second leg against Grimsby. Piero Mingoia got yet another goal for us as he scored from an acute angle to make it 1-0. Then Danny Pilkington made it 2-0 as he scored an unique header which had flashbacks of his goal against Rochdale in the play-off final many years ago. 10 minutes from time they pulled a goal back but Piero Mingoia once more got the third goal from the penalty spot to give us all three points and much needed momentum.

Here it is, the big game, away at Grimsby! I told the lads to believe in themselves as they all knew they could over turn the deficit and I sent them out with clear minds. Danny Pilkington got the first goal to make it 1-0! (2-2 agg), the comeback was well and truly on! However before half-time they scored a very nicely struck free-kick to make it 1-1 (3-2 agg) which completely destroyed the lads confidence as the first half ended. I was calm and told them to keep playing how they did in the first half and they would get the two goals. Going into the final 5 minutes we were pushing them back so much and Archie Love sent Nat Jarvis through on goal, and the reliable forward levelled the game on aggregate to make it 2-1!¬ (3-3 agg) and as the game was about to go to extra time that man, Piero Mingoia popped up on the edge of the box and fired the ball into the bottom corner and the whole team went mental! WE WERE GOING TO WEMBLEY!!!!!

After the great win against Grimsby we were back in Edgeley to face Luton, who beat us in the reverse fixture, so hopefully we'd get our revenge. They really attacked us and took the lead through a good passing move which we could do nothing about. And they rubbed salt in the wounds with a goal near the end of the game to make us drop 3 vital points at home...

However, we then travelled to Ebbsfleet for our final game of this month and we trashed them. Guess who? That's right, Piero Mingoia scored AGAIN! He's turning into an Euan Smith!(Don't get the reference? You should check out Justice's Luton Town story and you'll get it xD) And to finish them off Danny Pilkington added to his tally to round up a great victory for our away fans!

League Table

Table toppers we are! 5 points clear of Bristol Rovers, who have overtook Grimsby to second place! We need to keep up this momentum and if we do so, we'll surely be heading back up into the Football League! County will be back!


Player of the Month

Piero Mingoia

No surprises here! This gem has been such a key figure in our last two months! He's class and well and truly deserves this award! I hope we are able to keep hold of him come the end of the season as he's the best player I have ever worked with!
Wow...Mingoia is a beast!
All in all, a good month mate with you top of the league and through to the F.A. Trophy Final as well and of course an excellently presented update :D

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