STOCKPORT County were held to a bitterly disappointing 0-0 draw against Worcester City in the National League North at Edgeley Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Hatters, who have started the season positively, struggled to create many clear cut opportunities and lacked the cutting edge to break down a spirited City defence – who failed to register a shot on target.

Callum Dyson saw a curling first-half effort well saved by visiting goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan. Before recent signing Paul Connolly had a header, that looked set to hit the post, blocked.

Loanee Jake Kirby had a couple of chances after the break. The first was well saved by the diving Vaughan, whilst the other was blocked before being  easily collected by Vaughan.

Chances were at a premium and despite the introduction of Sefton Gonzales, who looked lively up top, Neil Young’s side failed to create a clear cut opportunity and never really tested Vaughan or the Worcester defence.

Whilst young striker and substitute Lamin Colley received a straight red in additional time after raising his hands at visiting defender Alex Gudger.

The result sees County remain in fourth place, however they’re now seven points behind early pace setters Solihull Moors. The visitors remain second bottom, however they’ll be hoping a point away at one of the most fancied teams in the division can kick-start their season.

Teams

Stockport County:  Hurst, Morton, Connolly, Thorniley, Roberts, Montrose, Rule, Evans (Gonzales ’56), Kirby, Dyson, Odejayi (Colley ‘84).
Subs not used: Ormson, Ellison, Ledsham.
Red cards: Colley

Worcester City:  Vaughan, Weir, Gudger, Morris (J Rowe ’92), Sharpe, Elvins, Nti, Deeney, Hughes, Todorov (R Rowe ’80), Jackman (Gator ’75).
Subs not used: Lloyd-Weston and Nash.
Booked: Morris.

Attendance: 3098

Referee: Shaun Hudson
Assistants: Craig Dean and Adam Williamson

By Callum Matthews at Edgeley Park
@Matthews1818

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