Bescot win at last
8th August 2006 7.45KO
We have waited since New Years Eve for a home league win, and it arrived in comfortable fashion against Stockport last night.
To ther credit Stockport tried to attack and used a 4-3-3 formation against us. They however lacked any cutting edge so there play resulted in aimless shots from distance with Clayton Ince only troubled a couple of times. On the other hand Walsall cause concern in the Stockport ranks almost everytime they went forward, Martin Butler could have quiet easily added to his single goal of the night, whilst Dean Keates and Hector Sam both saw shots come off the bar.
The first shock was when Dickie Dosh announced the return of Ian Roper in defence at the expense of Alan Picken who was the defensive star on saturday. Otherwise the team was the same as against Rochdale with Westwood, Keates, Constable, Ishmel and let to play for the youth team reserve keeper Mckeown.
The saddlers started brightly gaining the ball from the Stockport kickoff to push forward. Mark wright looking very dangerous early on, this was solved later on when County switched to a 4-4-2 to try and counter act the threat.The first goal never looked far away. So when Martin Butler was played through with only the keeper to beat Saddlers fans expected the gola but as he closed down on goal he slowed down and drew the foul from the defender, penalty so we thought however Mr Shoebridge waved the protests away.
Martin Butler didn't have to wait long, Sam Played him through on the edge of the box and he controlled and drilled low past then keeper who went down a bit slow. The Keeper was almost beaten again when Hector Sam found space to try a spectacular overhead kick only to see it come off the bar. Bad finishing and good keeping kept the score down inn the first half, although the pace of Liam Dickenson and running of Mark Robinson caused some problems but they had no end result, even a series of corners was dealt with without concern.
Second half and County held out for three minutes when De-ja-vu hit a goal from the corner almost exactly the same as the one conceeded against Hereford, Liam Dickin son lost Roper to give the centre half a goal in his first game of the season.
To there credit Stockport still came forward, but the inability to break through the back line meant that Clayton Ince was hardly troubled and when he was he dealt with it without concern, he was beaten by a Tony Dinning shot who had found himself free on the far side of the box, the defence covered and cleared off the line. Despite falling back the saddlers still looked like scoring when going forward and only the cross bar and some good keeping stopped the saddlers getting the third they probably deserved.
At the end the saddlers were reduced to ten men having already used there subs, skipper and man of the match Michael Dobson was caught by a County stud/blade on the head, reports suggest the cut was bad enough to require a trip to hospital so Michael Dobson must be considered doubtful for Hartlepool and perhaps a little bit longer.
You could give Stockport the ball all night and there lack of a cutting edge will mean that goals look hard to come by for the hatters on last nights showing. This along with defensive lapses means it could be a hard season at Edgeley Park this season.
The monkey hangers have not brought any new players in but have the nucleus of the squad that was there last year. It is to be remembered that they reached the league one play off final year before last so will provide our hardest test so far.
They picked upp there first point away at Macclesfield last night, having lost to Swindon at home on the first day of the season despite missing two penalties.