Huddersfield Town 5-3 Stockport County

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 19/03/2005
An eight goal thriller at the Galpharm on Saturday in which Town got a vital three points to push them a step further away from relegation but they made hard work of it against a side routed to the bottom of League One.Huddersfield Town 5-3 Stockport County
But it was Adnan ?the Asian sensation? Ahmed that proved he is one to watch for the future.
Town had gone with an attacking formation for this game 4-3-3, three first team players were suspended in Jonny Worthington, Efe Sodje and Tom Clarke, Tony Carrs who played last week against Chesterfield was out through injury with Rob Edwards taking his place and put in at left back.
Booth, Abbott and Facey were the three-man attack and also Lee Fowler made a return to the bench and it was good to see him back.
Stockport had Warren Feeney up front who seems to banging in the goals lately and he has been carefully watched by other League One clubs and Northern Ireland officials. Evan Horwood on loan from the blades was playing at left back.

I think Town?s option for the game was to attack and go at Stockport, grab a goal and hope that their heads drop but that wasn?t the case after just two minutes.
Town?s defence went off on one like the usually do and went into comedy mode as Warren Feeney was aloud in to get the first of his hat-trick.
Feeney latched on to a ball from midfielder Keith Briggs, held off David Mirfin in the inside left channel and with Paul Rachubka off his line, the ex-Leeds trainee looped his shot over the keeper from eight yards not the start Town were looking for. 1-0 to Stockport.

But Town didn?t hang about and within a couple of minutes they forced a corner, Ahmed?s pint-point corner found Booth, who climbed to power in a header for his seventh goal of the season.
Stockport, in desperate need for points, never sat back and played with adventure with Harpel Singh prominent in midfield.
But it was Town who forced Stockport on the back foot with the lion?s share of possession and should have done better with chances that fell to Pawel Abbott and Captain Nathan Clarke.
Brandon put the opportunity on a plate for Abbott. When Abbott paced by a few Stockport defenders and cut inside and laid the ball off for Abbott just inside the box, but Abbott snatched at it and side footed it over the bar.

Stockport then had a short spell of pressure forcing successive corners but Town actually stood firm, and just before half time Chris Brandon was booked for scrapping with Stockport?s Goodwin. I?ve seen Brandon get in a quite a few scraps this season even on his debut when he came off the bench he was scrapping with a Stockport player.

Youngster Michael Collins lost on a great chance, when Booth knocked the ball on only for the midfielder to head straight at County keeper James Spencer.

Booth threatened immediately after the restart, but it was Abbott who stuck his 22nd goal of the season after just 6 minutes into the half with a fine style goal,
Mirfin hit the ball over the Stockport defence from the left and channel, Abbott fastened on to ball and coolly lobbed County keeper James Spencer from around 12 yards out. 2-1 to Town!

Singh went close to stabbing in a cross from Feeney but it was Feeney himself who grabbed the equalizer just 5 minutes after Abbott?s goal.
Feeney was in the act of getting a shot when he hurled down by Town captain Nathan Clarke, who luckily escaped a booking, Feeney stepped up and easily brushed the ball past Rachubka. It?s all square 2-2.

More Town?s comedy style defending allowed Feeney to grab his hat trick on 65 minutes. County forced a corner, the ball was bobbling about in the air and when Rachubka flapped at it after coming out of his goal and County player headed it back towards goal where Feeney rose above a Town defender to knock in his hat trick. 3-2 to County.

Most Town fans thought that was it but Town didn?t lay down and die. Fowler replaced Collins and Junior Mendes replaced the poor Delroy Facey who did his usual party trick of being non-existent.
And within minutes of Mendes coming on Town took grabbed the equalizer. On 81 minutes a long throw into the penalty area found Mirfin in the centre of goal and the defender showed a striker?s instinct as he skilfully netted with an overhead kick.

Then just 2 minutes later Ahmed grabbed his first league goal. The ball was headed out from the edge of the County area by a defender and Ahmed smacked the ball first time and drilled in a thunderous striker from 20 yards out that County keeper James Spencer never saw and the Galpharm erupted.

In the last minute Abbott was replaced by McAliskey as Town kept pressure on county and McAliskey himself paved the way for goal number 5, working the ball inside from the byline in added on time.
Fellow sub Mendes decided to get in on the act, fired a shot that hit the keeper but it seemed the last touch came from County defender Dolan as the ball crossed the line.

Good win for Town as it seems now that we probably are safe from getting sucked into a relegation battle but as for County sadly the will be played League Two football next season but I hope the come back up as I enjoy going to Edgeley Park. I?ve heard that we are going to sign Facey permanently but to me he has done nothing so why are we signing him? He?s not the answer so might as well wait till the end of the season and bring someone else in but I still think we should bring in a couple of player before the transfer deadline but not Facey please.

Sean?s Star Man: Adnan Ahmed- covered every inch of grass and scored a cracker of a goal.

Teams:

Town: Rachubka, Holdsworth, N Clarke, Mirfin, Edwards, Collins (Fowler 67), Brandon, Ahmed, Facey (Mendes 81), Booth, Abbott (McAliskey 89)
Subs not used: Senior, Brown

Stockport: Spencer, Dolan, Goodwin, Raynes, Briggs (Tomlinson 45), Singh (Jackman 86), Horwood, Le Fondre, A Williams, Feeney, Hurst
Subs not used: Culter, Barlow, Allen

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