28 October 2019

Preview: Bromley vs Stockport County

  • Men's

Bromley return to action tomorrow night as they face Stockport County under the Hayes Lane lights.

Last Time Out:

The Ravens put five past fellow early promotion chasers FC Halifax Town on Saturday to regain top spot.

In a first versus second encounter, the deadlock wasn’t broken until the 52nd minute when Adam Mekki popped up to bag his first goal of the season.

One quickly became two just before the hour mark thanks to Reeco Hackett-Fairchild before Chris Bush made it three five minutes later.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men when Jerome Binnom-Williams picked up a second yellow card on 70 minutes before Josh Rees and Joe Kizzi rounded off a five-star performance.

Stockport also go into tomorrow’s game in high spirits after edging past Dover Athletic on Saturday, winning 1-0 courtesy of a 31st minute Euan Mulhern winner.

A Look At The Opposition:

Tomorrow’s opposition find themselves 17th with 24 points to their name and have bagged 18 goals so far this campaign, conceding 25.

The former Football League side tasted National League North promotion last season after clinching the title on 82 points.

A decade ago, The Hatters were playing their football in League One after tasting promotion from the fourth tier.

However, they then endured back-to-back relegation meaning they would go into the 2011-12 season as a Conference side.

After two years in the fifth tier, Stockport were relegated again and would play in the National League North up until last season’s triumph.

Who’s In Charge?

It’s safe to say, manager Jim Gannon is a legend at Stockport County.

Last season’s promotion aside, the 51-year-old made more than 350 appearances for the club and guided the Hatters to the 2008 League Two play-off final as a manager.

Gannon embarked on his first managerial role at Stockport back in 2005 before leaving his position four years later, moving to Scottish outfit Motherwell.

Spells at Peterborough United and Port Vale followed before he returned to the club for a second stint in 2011 but received his marching orders two years later.

Fast forward three years though and Gannon was back at Edgeley Park after sitting in the hot seat at Northwich Victoria.

As a player, he began his career at Dundalk before signing for Sheffield United in 1989 where during that time he’d play for Halifax Town on loan.

Stockport captured his signature in 1990 where he would become a runner up in the Fourth Division and Second Division in 1991 and 1997 respectively. He was also part of the Hatters side who reached the League Trophy final in 1992 and 1993 as well.

After 10 years at the club, where he’d also play for Notts County on loan, he made the move to Crewe Alexandra before finishing his career at Shelbourne.

Top Scorer: Elliot Osborne

With three goals to his name, Elliot Osborne is currently Stockport’s leading scorer for the season.

The 23-year-old, who joined the club in 2018, is without a goal since August but will undoubtedly be on the hunt to add to his tally tomorrow.

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