PREVIEW | Stockport County (A)
Stockport County v Wealdstone
Vanarama National League
Saturday 19th March, 3:00pm kick-off
Tickets are available both online and from the Stockport County Ticket Office on the day, with Wealdstone fans housed in Block 5 of all-seated Together Stand. We strongly encourage fans to buy their tickets online to avoid the queues at the ticket office on the day.
Match tickets are priced at £18 Adults, £12 Concessions (Students, OAPs, Disabled), £5 6-17 year olds and FREE for children aged 5 or under. You can purchase your tickets in advance by clicking HERE.
Fans can also purchase tickets over the phone by calling Stockport's Ticket Office on 0161 266 2700.
The Stones staked a big claim for safety last weekend in a 3-2 win over struggling Weymouth and now travel to a Stockport County side that are in red-hot form, unbeaten in 18 with 17 of those matches as wins. The hosts are flying and come off the back of consecutive 3-0 wins in the league and FA Trophy against Notts County and Needham Market, they've also not conceded a goal in six matches. This game will prove the ultimate test for the Stones as the hosts look to now be the runaway leaders in the National League and wave goodbye to their eleven year stint in non-league.
The Stones are without Andrew Eleftheriou who remains injured, and also could be missing Nikola Tavares who has missed the last two victories with a slight injury, apart from that Stones boss Stuart Maynard has a near full-strength squad to choose from.
WHAT WAS SAID?
Matt Saunders: "They're like a League One team, but maybe I'm delusional, I honestly think we can go there and get something and we will go there to try and get something. We're not going there to try and contain, we have to respect them of course as they're good players and are a top team and I believe will win this division, but we have enough in the ranks here now to go there and try and hurt them.
"We've got to go and enjoy it, the pressure's off us, the pressure is all on them trying to win a league whilst we are very close to achieving our objectives. So we have to use that underdog mentality and go there and just play with freedom. Respect them, be disciplined in what we do but play with freedom."
Weymouth (H) 3-2 W (Browne 2, Cook) Maidenhead United (A) 0-2 W (Cook, Browne)
Eastleigh (A) 4-1 L (Clayden)
Torquay United (H) 1-1 D (Mundle-Smith)
Solihull Moors (A) 2-1 L (Okimo)
Notts County (H) 3-0 W (Madden 2, Crankshaw) Needham Market (A) 0-3 W (Reid 2, Keane)
Aldershot Town (A) 0-2 W (Crankshaw, Collar) Weymouth (H) 1-0 W (O.G) Woking (H) 1-0 W (Palmer)
WHO TO WATCH FOR?
Ollie Crankshaw: The attacker has more than adjusted to life in the National League after joining from Bradford City in September, and he will be well known to Wealdstone fans after his hat-trick in the 4-1 win at Grosvenor Vale for the Hatters earlier on this season. Crankshaw started his career in non-league gradually working his way up before he was signed up by Wigan Athletic in the Championship. He made 22 appearances for the Latics following their relegation to League One before moving to the Bantams in League Two. The 23-year old has 11 goals in 30 appearances so far this season.
Played - 3
Won - 0
Drawn - 0
Lost - 3
LAST THREE MEETINGS
Nov 2021 - Stones 1-4 Stockport County - (Jackson)
May 2021 - Stockport County 4-0 Stones
Oct 2020 - Stones 2-5 Stockport County - (Slew, Lafayette)
Preview by Chris Woods