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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 0-2 Stockport Town

The saints hosted Stockport town at home today, it was a game we struggled to get into throughout and ended up deservedly losing 2-0 to a strong Stockport Town performance.

In the first 10-15 minutes both sides played with good energy but nothing of significance was being created by either side as they were both trying to unlock each other’s defences; in the 25th minute we seen our first chance fall to striker Karl Bailey for what seemed an early Christmas gift from the Stockport defenders as they slipped up a pass at the back and Karl bailey was put through but it was a tough tight angle on the right hand side of the box and it just drifted passed the post. The visitors struck first as they broke on a counter attack and Jack McConell played a powerful low ball from the left hand side and the saints defence failed to clear it successfully as it was put away for an own goal in the 30th minute by Jackson Hassanyeh for a deserved lead for Stockport. As we were heading into a well needed half time break George Austin made a very good save to deny the Stockport forward Jack McConell for a second. We went into halftime looking to reorganise and get back out for a better second half.

The second half started with a substitute as Jay stoker made way for Tawanda Melusi. The second half was a lot of the same as we struggled to connect our passes and create chances and very early on Stockport took advantage of this and took their chances as Stockport forward Callum Dolan forced a parry from George Austin which landed to Callum McConnell who tapped it away from the rebound in the bottom left hand corner. We found a chance in the 66th minute as a ball was played in the box and it bounced around which ended up forcing a double save from the Stockport keeper, we also forced another chance in the 72nd minute as we forced another good save from a headed chance. The rest of the half was uneventful as we carried on struggling to create significant chances.

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