STOCKPORT County will be looking to return to winning ways and the play-off spots as they meet Chorley in a National League North clash at Edgeley Park on Saturday afternoon (KO 15:00 GMT).

The Hatters come into this game on the back of a narrow 1-0 loss away at the league’s only unbeaten side, Solihull Moors. That defeat resulted in County dropping out of the top five despite picking up 10 points from their last five games.

Neil Young’s side have suffered mixed fortunes on home soil so far this season, but they did pick up an impressive victory over Bradford Park Avenue in their last match at SK3. That 2-0 triumph was the first time County have beaten a team by more than a one goal margin since February.

Their visitors Chorley should come into the fixture in a pretty confident frame of mind following a 1-0 home victory against strugglers Brackley.

Darren Stephenson got the only goal of that game – just as he did the when Chorley took all three points from their clash with Stockport at Victory Park in September.

In fact the visitors are a bit of a bogey side for the Hatters. County haven’t managed to pick up a point or even score a goal in their last three matches against the Magpies.

Both teams have added to their squads ahead of this fixture.

Ex-Rotherham and Torquay right-back Dale Tonge, 30, signed for County on Wednesday and he is expected to go straight into the side this weekend, replacing Danny Morton.

Morton was criticised post-match by his manager for his part in Andy Brown’s winner for Solihull last weekend and looks set to pay the price for his mistake.

Meanwhile 10th-placed Chorley have added some extra firepower in the form of Blackburn Rovers youngster Dean Rittenberg, who joins on a one month loan. Rittenberg has represented England at under 18 level, scoring with his first touch when The Three Lions took on Germany.

County will be once again missing players through suspension on Saturday with midfielder Glenn Rule and defender Sean O’Hanlon unavailable.

Rule serves the ninth game of his ten match ban for biting – with O’Hanlon sitting out after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season against Bradford Park Avenue.

However, Young does hope to be able to call upon Lamin Colley, who missed out through injury last week.

Magpies boss Matt Jansen is also confident of a player returning from injury. Stalwart Andy Teague missed out against Brackley but is expected to be back in the centre of defence tomorrow.

On loan forward Marcus Carver will play the last game of his three month spell before returning to parent club Accrington Stanley.

Provisional Squads:

Stockport County:  Ormson (GK), Hurst, Morton, Ellison, Connolly, Tonge, Roberts, Kirby, Joyce, Montrose, Garvin, Robinson, Cham, Evans, Odejayi, Colley.

Chorley:  Ashton (GK), Bond, Carver, Charnock, Cottrell, Cartwright, Dean, Dorney, Doyle, Guy, Hine, Jarvis, Lynch, Rittenberg, Roscoe, Ross, Stephenson, Teague, Whitham, Winter.

Referee:  Iain Turner
Assistants:  Christopher Keightley and Stephen Dial

By Joe Canavan

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