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Matchday Guide | Stockport (H)

31 January 2023

Crewe Alexandra will look to extend their unbeaten start to 2023 when they host Stockport County at Mornflake Stadium tonight (7:45pm).

Lee Bell’s side will also aim to restore the balance after slipping to a 2-0 defeat at Edgeley Park on Boxing Day.

The Opposition

County lie 12th in League Two, four points off seventh-placed Mansfield Town in the final Play-Off spot.

The Hatters suffered a 1-0 defeat last time out against AFC Wimbledon, with Harry Pell grabbing the winner just after the half-time break.

The Gaffer

Dave Challinor took over at County in November 2021 and guided them back to the EFL. He most recently won December’s Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month award.

Previously, Challinor cut his teeth as a boss with Welsh side Colwyn Bay in 2010, before moving on and spending eight seasons with AFC Fylde, and two years at Hartlepool United, before re-joining Stockport, where he spent some time as a player.

Fighting Talk

Lee Bell: “Night games have always been my favourite type of games, so hopefully we'll have a good crowd. We are going into it on the back of a couple of good results and performances and we're looking forward to it."

Dave Challinor: “All games are opportunities to bounce back. We had a good following at AFC Wimbledon, but they will double in numbers at Crewe and we'll have to put in a performance that gets us three points."

Team News

Crewe Alexandra welcome back captain Luke Offord to the squad after he completed a three-match suspension and also, Charlie Colkett, who has recovered from a hamstring injury. New signings James Beadle, Ryan Finnigan and David Amoo may feature, but Christopher Long and Courtney Baker-Richardson remain sidelined.

Stockport will assess the fitness of Phil Bardsley, who has missed the last few games through injury, but Paddy Madden could return to the starting line-up. New signing Kyle Knoyle made his first full debut, following his transfer from Doncaster Rovers against Northampton.

Head-to-Head

Stockport have the upper hand in the club’s past meetings, winning 60 of the 141 contests between both clubs, compared to the Alex’s 51 triumphs.

Crewe have only won one of their last six league meetings against County, a 2-0 victory in April 2011 which confirmed Stockport’s relegation to the National League.

Officials

Tom Reeves has been appointed as referee for the fixture, having last taken charge of The Railwaymen in November this season, a 3-0 defeat in the FA Cup second round against Barnsley.

He will be assisted by Christopher Ward and Mark Cuncliffe, with Christopher Husband acting as fourth official.

Elsewhere in League Two

Carlisle United v Barrow; Salford v Walsall.

Ticket Details

2022/23 League Match Ticket Prices (Member rate in brackets)
  Boughey Stand Rhino Safety Stand Andrew Connolly Financial Planning Stand
Adult £25 (£21) £23 (£20) £23 (£20)
Senior (65+) £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
17-19 Years (£14.50) (£13.50) (£13.50)
Student (£12.50) (£12.50) (£12.50)
12-16 Years £12 (£10) £10 (£9.50) £10 (£9.50)
Under 11 £7.50 (£6) £6.50 (£5.50) £6.50 (£5.50)
Disabled £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
Family Ticket N/A N/A £23.00*

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Match Reports

Match Report | Crewe 1 Stockport 1

31 January 2023

  • O’Riordan fires first career goal
  • Four games unbeaten in 2023
  • Debuts for new boys Finnigan and Amoo

Connor O’Riordan’s first career goal earned a positive point as Crewe Alexandra and Stockport County shared the spoils.

In front of a healthy crowd and under the lights, the homegrown defender volleyed home on the stroke of half time.

Kyle Wootton levelled just after the break, and that’s the way it stayed in an entertaining and full-blooded affair.

That makes it four games unbeaten in 2023 for The Railwaymen, and the display represented a marked improvement on the defeat at Edgeley Park on Boxing Day.

Lee Bell made two changes to the side that drew at Mansfield last time out, with Callum Ainley and Bassala Sambou returned to the starting side.

Lachlan Brook and Tariq Uwakwe dropped to a strong subs bench, which included captain Luke Offord and new signings Ryan Finnigan, David Amoo and James Beadle.

Stockport recalled skipper Paddy Madden, while Chris Hussey replaced Ryan Rydel in their only other change.

The Alex started on the front foot and controlled the opening stages of the game, without creating a clear opportunity.

Dan Agyei and Sambou worked some decent positions out wide but Stockport keeper Ben Hinchliffe was well protected.

The visitors grew into the game and on 27 minutes Callum Camps clipped the outside of the post with an angled drive.

Will Collar headed into the arms of Dave Richards shortly after, while Nevitt drilled just wide at the other end.

On 36 minutes a super ball over the top from O’Riordan set Sambou racing away. The forward cut inside, saw his shot parried by Hinchliffe and Nevitt could only hit the post from a tight angle on the rebound.

Ainley played Agyei through on goal towards the end of the half but the forward dragged his shot wide under pressure.

But there was still time for O’Riordan to break the deadlock, and he showed great composure to guide home after Rod McDonald had flicked on a 44th-minute Regan Griffiths corner.

Stockport levelled within three minutes of the restart when Wootton played a neat give-and-go before finishing clinically past Richards.

It was game on, but from that point clear-cut chances were at a premium. Sambou couldn’t force home at the far post when the ball dropped to him, and Madden was also crowded out when he got a glimpse of goal at the other end.

Both sides gave their all to, with every ball fought keenly for, but neither wanted to risk losing as the clock ticked down.

On 83 minutes Conor Thomas did well on the cover to deny Niall Byrne a sight of goal, while defenders Ryan Johnson and Kelvin Mellor both fired wide from range before the end.

Crewe (4-2-3-1): Richards; Adebisi, McDonald, O’Riordan, Mellor; Griffiths, Thomas; Agyei, Sambou (Amoo 72), Ainley (Finnigan 65); Nevitt.

Subs not used: Beadle, Colkett, Offord, Brook, Uwakwe.

Booked: None.

Stockport (3-1-4-2): Hinchliffe; Wright, Byrne, Johnson; Croasdale; Hussey (Rydel 79), Knoyle, Collar, Camps (Hippolyte 79); Wootton, Madden.  

Subs not used: Jaros, Evans, Stretton, McDonald, Lewis.

Booked: Rydel, Johnson.

Referee: T Reeves.

Attendance: 5,877.

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Ticket News

Tickets | Stockport County (H)

30 January 2023

Let's try this one again!

The Reds will be back in action at Mornflake Stadium on Tuesday January 31 (7.45pm) as they welcome local neighbours Stockport County.

Can Lee Bell's men make it four unbeaten in 2023?

Supporters can purchase their tickets for the game here.

Ticket Prices

2022/23 League Match Ticket Prices (Member rate in brackets)
  Boughey Stand Rhino Safety Stand Andrew Connolly Financial Planning Stand
Adult £25 (£21) £23 (£20) £23 (£20)
Senior (65+) £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
17-19 Years (£14.50) (£13.50) (£13.50)
Student (£12.50) (£12.50) (£12.50)
12-16 Years £12 (£10) £10 (£9.50) £10 (£9.50)
Under 11 £7.50 (£6) £6.50 (£5.50) £6.50 (£5.50)
Disabled £19 (£16) £17.50 (£15) £17.50 (£15)
Family Ticket N/A N/A £23.00*

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