Preston forced hosts Barnsley to a draw in the English Championship but both sides are to remain in the playoffs despite the result.

For the visitors it was quite predictable as they have played a draw in three of their last four Championship duels. They place 11th with the result.

For the home side the result will see them drop to ninth position but they are only four points behind Sheffield Wednesday who occupy the sixth spot. Coach Paul Heckingbottom said after the game that he was pleased with how the team handled the threats from the opposition. He however added that the players did not show enough will to win the game.

“There were not enough crosses into the box, not enough efforts on goal. I said at half-time I was conscious that I didn’t want Preston to grind us down, because the team they picked and the message from Simon at the start of the game was that he wanted a tougher, more aggressive performance,” Heckingbottom said. Continue reading →


Stockport County’s goal keeper, Ben Hinchcliffe made a gaffe in the 89th minute, which saw Harrogate Town head back home with a late point during the National League North clash in the New Year.

On Boxing Day, Town had lost their match to the same opposition with a 1-0 loss and were heading down the same lane in the New Year match following a goal by Michael Clarke in the 63rd minute.

The scorelines remained the same until a minute before full-time when a seemingly innocuous back pass by Chris Smalley was completely missed by Hinchcliffe, which saw the ball trickle into the back of the net.

From County’s recent visit to the CNG Stadium, Simon Weaver made one change, thus handing a fifth start of the season to Marcus Day, who replaced James Cadman.

Jim Gannon made one alteration to his starting XI as he brought in Courtney Medden-Walters.

The opening 10 minutes of the game saw both sides work the opposing keeper as both Stockport’s Danny Lloyd and Town’s JP Pittman were able to hit the target. Continue reading →

Stockport County Four Match Winning Run Comes to an End with Kidderminster Loss

The impressive set of results for Stockport County in the last month has come to an end with a narrow 1-0 loss against Kidderminster Harrier.

The club had been on an incredible four match winning run that saw them rise up in the table quite dramatically in the last few weeks. It would have been the perfect October for Stockport County had they managed to win the game. However, a second-half goal from Ryan Croasdale made it impossible for the club to continue this winning run. Stockport County went through a mediocre form during the early part of the campaign.

Since the 2-1 loss against Fylde, the club has been quite impeccable and manager Jim Gannon deserves a lot of credit. The result against the highflying team in the Conference North appeared to give a kick up the backside that the team had been waiting for a long time. Apart from alleviating any fears about relegation, it has also put the club with a possibility of challenging for the play-off places. Stockport County are now only six points away from the final play-off spot which is occupied by Halifax Town. Continue reading →

Stockport County Suffer Loss against Darlington 1883

Despite putting in a good performance, Stockport County were disappointed to see a first loss in four matches.

The team suffered a 2-1 narrow defeat against Darlington 1883 to remain 11th in the table. There was a great opportunity for the team to move past the likes of Gloucester City and Halifax Town. Both teams were only a few points away from being overtaken, but as it is, manager Jim Gannon will have to wait for another week in order to renew confidence within the team. Even though the team started out well with close victories against Alfreton Town and Stalybridge Celtic in the opening weekends, they failed to keep up their consistency levels that dropped alarmingly towards the end of August.

The result is especially disappointing considering that Stockport County took the lead through Jimmy Ball. The new signing was just making his debut and it was marked in the best possible way with a goal in the 20th minute. However, County were not able to capitalise on this advantage and the new found confidence that they have had with victories against Worcester City and Altrincham. Mark Beck came up with an equaliser for Darlington with just a couple of minutes left to go before the half-time break. The comeback was completed for the home team in the 65th minute when Adam Mitchell came up with the goal that ultimately proved to be the winner.
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English Championship side Blackburn Rovers have signed Sam Gallagher from Premier League outfit Southampton on a season-long deal, according to BBC Sport.

The 20-year old player has represented England and Scotland at under 19 level but has been finding it hard scoring goals. He was sent on loan to MK Dons in the first half of the last term, but he played in 12 games and couldn’t score any goal.

Blackburn likely accepted the player after Elliott Bennett was ruled out for a possible sic weeks as he suffers from hamstring issues. Gallagher will be on the game against Wigan on Saturday in the league, even as Rovers try to manage the situation at hand and forge ahead.

On the other hand, the club allowed the transfer of midfielder John O’Sullivan to Accrington Stanley on a five month loan deal. The player is expected to garner experience as he works with Stanley’s men under the guidance of John Coleman. Stanley is pushing for promotion, so they need all the help they can get. John has had a spell with his new team before when he played in the 2014/2015 term. He scored two times in 13 games but they would require more than that if they want their dream to come through.
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Sam Minihan sign for Stockport County

Defender Sam Minihan has signed for Stockport County from Worcester City.

He is a talented and strong defender that will definitely improve Stockport County’s defence. Indeed he was named as Worcester City’s player of the year last season after having been consistent throughout the whole season.

Stockport County’s manager James Gannon stated that the full-back had impressed him last season when he played against them. He believes that the player has the potential to develop in one of the best full-backs in the game and hope that he will help in bringing some stability to the defence.

The manager said that Sam Minihan is equally good at defending and at attacking. This will provide the team with some options when it comes to breaking down the opposition. He said that he is glad that he could secure his signature before the start of the season. He believes that the physical attributes, as well as the determination of the player, will be a great asset for the team.

James Gannon believes that with the addition of Sam Minihan in the team, he now has a great squad that has not only quality but also depth. He believes that if you want to have a great season, you not only need quality players on the pitch but also as substitutes.
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