Stockport County secured an impressive 2-0 victory over Sky Bet League Two side Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on Saturday afternoon.
In their final pre-season fixture before the big kick-off next Saturday at Edgeley Park as ‘The Hatters’ host Maidenhead United, Jim Gannon’s side produced an impressive display to end that[s been an impressive pre-season.
Oldham Athletic: Woods (C), Mills, Lacovitti, Sefil, Stott, Sylla, Trialist A, Trialist B, Wilson, Trialist C, Segbe, Azankpo.
Stockport County: Hinchcliffe, Minihan, Palmer, Cowan, Jackson, Walker, Osborne, Thomas, Dimaio, Kirby, Mulhern.
It didn’t take long for the visitors to stamp their authority on the match, and in just the fourth minute, Ash Palmer headed home Sam Walker’s well-timed corner.
In the opening embers of the game, Stockport continued to assert their dominance as they created a series of openings. In fact, their dominance was so much so that the hosts had to wait until the half-hour mark to record their first shot at goal.
On 38 minutes, the visitors came close again as Mulhern was put through-on-goal expertly by Adam Thomas, but Woods in the Oldham goal was equal to it.
Right on the stroke of half-time, the visitors doubled their lead as Dimaio’s effort was palmed away by Woods, but Sam Walker was on hand to slot the ball into the bottom corner to pile the misery on the hosts.
After the interval, both sides were fairly patient in their play as neither side really created anything noteworthy. But on 67 minutes, Osbourne broke clear with a beautifully-timed spin as he curled his effort just over the crossbar.
With 20 minutes to play, Oldham created their first real chance of the game as Scott Wilson’s effort was palmed over the bar by Ben Hinchcliffe. Stockport’s Alex Curran and Darren Stephenson entered the field in place of Adam Thomas and Jake Kirby for the final 15 minutes.
An ironic cheer rang around Boundary Park in the 88th minute as the hosts record their first shot-on-target as Branger-Engone scuffed his effort into the palms of Ben Hinchcliffe.
Attendance: 1,227 (404 visiting supporters)