PREVIEW | Stockport County (H)
THE DETAILS Wealdstone v Stockport County Vanarama National League Grosvenor Vale Saturday 27th November, 3:00pm kick-off
TICKETS Tickets for Saturday's National League fixture are £15 Adults, £10 Concessions, £8* 18-23 years old and £5 U18s. The 18-23 next generation offer is online only, we recommend that all supporters purchase their tickets online HERE save the anticipated lengthy queues at the paid turnstile on the day.
A reminder also that season ticket holders of both Premier League and EFL clubs are eligible for the concession ticket price of £10, just present your season ticket on the day as proof. This game is a segregated fixture with away fans housed in the Tecknuovo Stand and Couch Corner Terrace sections at the Gun Turret End of the stadium. *online purchase only
THE CONTEXT Stockport arrive at The Vale in flying-form having been unbeaten in six since the arrival of new manager Dave Challinor, including a 5-3 extra time win over League One side Bolton Wanderers in their FA Cup First Round Replay. The Stones also enter this game in a rich vein of form and are now unbeaten in five, keeping three clean sheets in that run.
TEAM NEWS Rhys Browne picked up an ankle injury in the midweek win over Dover Athletic and Saturday's game may also be one too soon for Nikola Tavares who is carrying a thigh injury. Medy Elito could return after missing the past five games with injury, Connor Stevens is still out, whilst Ashley Charles returns from his one-game suspension.
WHAT WAS SAID? Stuart Maynard: "They've got quality outside of their squad, never mind in it! They are quality all over the pitch, they've heavily invested in the team as Wrexham did and they want to get out of this league as fast as they can. It will be a good test and we've got to make sure that we put our bodies on the line in this game because it will be that sort of match. It's going to be tough, we've played Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday again but we will recover, have a light session on Thursday and dig deep and have a game plan ready for Saturday." FORM GUIDE Stones: Dover Athletic (A) 2-3 W (Sweeney 2, Umerah)
Wrexham (A) 0-0 D
Barnet (H) 1-0 W (Browne)
Grimsby Town (H) 1-0 W (Buse) Weymouth (A) 1-1 D (McAvoy)
Stockport County: King's Lynn Town (H) 5-0 W (Keane, Rydel, Crankshaw, Barclay, Jennings)
Woking (A) 1-2 W (Madden 2)
Bolton Wanderers (H) 5-3 AET W (Madden, Quigley 2, Palmer, Crankshaw)
Bromley (H) 1-1 D (Quigley)
Bolton Wanderers (A) 2-2 D (Quigley, Whitfield)
WHO TO WATCH FOR? Macauley Southam-Hales: With the firepower that Stockport possess, workhorses like Southam-Hales can often go unnoticed but the full-back has really made the right-wing slot his own in the County team this season. The 25-year old began his career in the Welsh leagues with Barry Town United before his performances earned him a move to Fleetwood Town in EFL League One, he failed to make a proper breakthrough with the Cod Army and moved to Stockport at the beginning of last season and will pose a threat down the Stones left-hand side.
HEAD-TO-HEAD Played - 2
Won - 0
Drawn - 0
Lost - 2
LAST TWO MEETINGS May 2021 - Stockport County 4-0 Stones
Oct 2020 - Stones 2-5 Stockport County (Slew, Lafayette)
SPONSORS We thank this week's match sponsors AFC Lighting and 'Morty's Elmslie Enders', we hope you all enjoy the hospitality and thank you again for your continued support of the club. And we would also like to thank our ball sponsor for the day Barbara Robson.
Preview by Chris Woods