Report: Stockport County 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 02/03/2009
A last-gasp own goal from Nathan Clarke denied Town of all three points at a muddy and sand ridden Edgeley Park as an early Michael Collins goal put Town in front.Report: Stockport County 1-1 Huddersfield Town
Clarke was unlucky as the ball bounced off his face and into the goal after Alex Smithies had parried a Leon McSweeney cross.

Town had Danny Cadamarteri back from injury and he was given a place in the starting eleven alongside Lukas Jutkiewicz spearheading Town's attack.
Anthony Pilkington was given a place back in the side to face his former club from who he left in January, after missing last week's game at Crewe through illness.
Lionel Ainsworth was dropped to the bench, Simon Eastwood was back on the bench after a recall from his loan at Woking and Chris Lucketti was given a rare place on the bench. Strikers Phil Jevons and Keigan Parker were dropped from the 16-man squad.

Adapting well to the pitch conditions Town had the ball in the net after 60 seconds through Jutkiewicz only for it to be ruled out by an offside flag.
With 12 minutes gone Clarke hit the post after Andy Butler had flicked on a Robbie Williams free-kick.
Pilkington, Gary Roberts and Cadamarteri were giving the Stockport defence all kinds of problems going forward specially Pilkington, the 20-year old looked determined to get one over his former club. Tormenting County's right back and putting in some lovely crosses into the Town box but with no one to finish them off.

Pilkington got the move going in the build up to Collins' goal on 15 minutes. His pin-point pass send Jutkiewicz away down the right and centred to Cadamarteri just inside the County penalty area.
Cadamarteri swivelled on the ball but his shot was blocked which in turn fell kindly for Collins, doing what he does best with another timing run into the box, to drill in his eighth goal of the season to take him joint top of club scoring chart with Roberts.

Pilkington tested his former team mate Owain Fon Williams in the County goal, while Jutkiewicz tested Fon Williams with a superb overhead kick on 31 minutes.

County struggled to get into the game in the first half, their attacking threat was poor as Clarke and Butler dealt with everything that came into Town's half of the pitch.
Stockport's Tommy Rowe, who scored at the Galpharm on the opening day of the season, had a shot that deflected off Town's ex-County player Jim Goodwin and out for a corner.

It all changed in the second half, Stockport gaffer Jim Gannon must have taken the paint off the walls at half time, he turned down the chance to take up the Brighton job last Thursday, and ran the changes pushing Matty McNeil from centre back to up front and threw on striker Oli Johnson with just nine minutes gone in the second half.

McNeil was a handful for the Town defence, in the first half McNeil was all over Jutkiewicz which the referee ignored and in the second half as he moved up front Nathan Clarke was given the same treatment how McNeil was not booked I will never know.

Smithies made three good saved, one a stinging drive from Chris O'Grady while Johnson and Matty Manwaring brought saved from the young goalkeeper.
Rose had a shot blocked by Clarke and then McNeil drove a shot wide of the post after getting in a good position.
Smithies then came to the rescue as McSweeney went past four Town players before driving a shot that was tipped wide.

Town too had their chances but once again failed to kill the game off which is costing us so much. Cadmarteri tested Fon Williams, Goodwin's drive deflected for a corner and Pilkington went so close after a lovely one-two with Collins he drove his shot just wide of the post.

Roberts was put through by a Collins pass but dawdled on the ball which gave the County defence to make a challenge. Boss Lee Clark threw on Andy Booth for Jutkiewicz on 71 minutes. Roberts was replaced and a rare appearance for Lucketti as Town tried to withstand the pressure.

With 90 minutes on the clock County got the equalizer.
With Stockport fans heading for the exits, McSweeney cut in from the right and delivered a cross-cum-shot that Smithies parried, Clarke was unable to get out of the way in which the ball smacked the 25-year old in the face and bounced into the net to the delight of the County fans behind the goal.

Ainsworth came on for Cadamarteri just before County's equalizer, the former Watford man decided to shoot instead of cross and drove a shot that flashed past the post with Collins screaming for the ball.

Once again the ability to kill games off is missing, so many chances we could have killed and buried the game off in the first half. We just need a striker who is a box predator which is a shame as we have had some.

Sean's Star Man - Anthony Pilkington Gave his former club a headache often skinning the County full back and delivering some great crosses into the box. A shame we have no one to finish them off!. The best performance in a Town shirt so far.

Teams:

Town: Smithies, Holdsworth, N Clarke, Butler, Williams, Roberts (Lucketti 80), Goodwin, Collins, Pilkington, Cadamarteri Ainsworth 84), Jutkiewicz (Booth 71)
Subs not used: Eastwood, T Clarke.

Stockport: Fon Williams, McSweeney, Tunnucliffe, Raynes, Rose, Manwaring, Blizzard (Turnbull 73), Dicker (Johnson 54), Rowe, McNeil, O'Grady.
Subs not used: Thompson, Vincent, Rigby

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)
Attendance: 7,739 (2,093 from Huddersfield)

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