World Football: Stockport Sunk on the Break by Woking
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James Gannon's tricky start to the season continued at Edgeley Park as Woking took all three points after Stockport controlled most of the game.
Stockport welcomed back Matty Mainwaring after he was released by Hull and signed on Non-Contract terms. He took up his place on the left side of the midfield as Daniel O'Donnell missed out for County due to injury.
Stockport made the early running as some neat inter play set Danny Rowe free, he fired wide in the first minute.
Woking went close then as Ian Ormson's goal shaking after Gavin McCallum hit the post from outside the area after some disastrous defending from the County defence.
This was the story of the game for Stockport as they continued to give the ball away in dangerous areas.
But it was County who took the lead. It was a Matty Mainwaring corner that was whipped in at the near post and summer signing Alex Kenyon clipped the ball past Aaron Howe in the Woking goal. This was Kenyon's first goal for the Hatters since he joined from Lancaster.
The Hatters were then straight on the front foot but Mainwaring's cross was too deep this time for Danny Hattersley.
Stockport's defending was very questionable at times and the first of Woking's goals just summed that up. McCallum, who had already hit the post early on in the game, cut in down the left wing and as Jordan Fagbola and also Danny Whitehead backed off him he unleashed a shot into the bottom corner of Ormson's goal. Ormson had no chance but to shout at the defence in front of him.
At halftime the scores were level.
The first 15 minutes were all Stockport as Woking were pegged back by some excellent play from the Hatters. But chance after chance went begging as the County front line became very wasteful in front of goal.
The best chance in this period fell to Fagbola. A short corner from Sean Newton and Whitehead was swung in and Fagbola's header was well saved by Howe on his line.
Totally against the run of play substitue Loick Pires struck for the visitors. A break down the left from Dean Sinclair was pulled back and again as Joe Connor and James Tunnicliffe stood off the attackers Pires stroked the ball past Ormson who could only watch the ball trickle past him into the back of the net.
The only other thing to note from the game as it peat out was Jon Nolan, who was unfairly sent off by referee Declan Ford for two tackles in four minutes. His first yellow card came two minutes after coming off the bench to replace the excellent Sam Sheridan who ran the midfield for Stockport. His tackle from behind brandished his first yellow card, then a late tackle and a theatrical dive saw Nolan sent from the pitch.
Woking took the points after five minutes of injury time. Stockport did play well but some poordefending cost them dearly. This is something Gannon as a defender himself surely will be looking at ahead of Stockport's trip to Braintree next Saturday.
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