55 - County's final league points tally out of a maximum of 60, best in the division.
79 - County's final league goals tally, second only to FC United (90).
26 - County's final league goals conceded tally, second only to FC United (20)
18 - County's final league wins tally of a maximum of 20, best in the division.
44 - Goals scored by Chloe Mapp, in all competitions (54 minutes per goal).
26 - Goals scored by Chloe Mapp in league fixtures, second only to Jessica Battle (31).
14 - Goals scored by Hanifa Douglas in all competitions (114 minutes per goal).
11 - Goals scored by Jeneyah Webb in all competitions (143 minutes per goal).
10 - Goals scored by Abi Hayes in all competitions in 2019 alone.
9 - Goals scored by Katie Brusell in just five games (46 minutes per goal).
8 - Most goals by a defender, Nicola Connor.
13 - the best minutes per goal value at the club for the season, Jade Parker.
21 - Assists by Claire O'Reilly in all competitions.
17 - Assists by Hanna Wilson in all competitions.
9 - Highest combination of assist-goals (Wilson -> Mapp)
2895 - Minutes played by Jodie Hancock in a competitions, out of 2895.
10 - Players with over 2000 minutes (Jones 2000, Douglas 2015, Hayes 2031, O'Reilly 2345, Connor 2375, Mapp 2397, Wilson 2654, Blackett 2805, John 2880, Hancock 2895).
5 - Most cautions (Chaneece Reeves).
1 - Most dismissals (Hanna Wilson).
28 - Number of players used by managers, Ronnie Green, in all competitions this season.
10 - The most rotated squad number, worn by Katie Brusell, Hanifa Douglas, Jeneyah Webb, Shellby Wolstencroft, Abi Hayes, Holly Stokes and Jasmin Limb.
It's the final fixture week of the season for two of our open age sides and what a weekend we could have in store! Both our Blues team and our first team are in cup final action on Sunday, with both finals taking place at the same venue. Full details of each game can be found below.
Stockport County "Blues" v Wigan Athletic
The first final of the day sees our "Blues" (North West Womens Regional League Div One South) take on Wigan Athletic (North West Womens Regional League Premier) at 12:00 on Sunday afternoon in the NWWRL Argyle Sports Plate, a competition made up of side who missed out on progressing past a certain stage of the Argyle Sports Cup. The Blues defeated Workington Reds in Cumbria to earn their spot in the final, while Wigan beat Blackpool to secure their place in the final. The Latics have played our first team three times this season, losing in all three fixtures (4-2, 4-2, 1-6), while the Blues finished 8th out of 11 side in the division below. It could be argued that Wigan are clear favourites here, but all of the Hatters' teams have had good fortunes in cup finals thus far.
FC United of Manchester v Stockport County
The Hatters' last game of the season, which takes place at 16:00 on Sunday, is a big one. The league title race has been a two horse race for the majority of the season and these two have both been superb in maintaining strong form, on losing to each other in the league all season. The NWWRL Argyle Sports Cup final this season is a replica of last season's final which saw FCUM take the trophy back to Moston. It's been a season of success for both sides, the Rebels will be in their second cup final of the season after taking on Salford City in the Manchester FA Cup on Wednesday. County will also be in their second, following their Cheshire FA Cup win over Tranmere a few weeks back. It's been difficult to separate the sides this season, both maintained good form in the FA Cup, the Rebels being knocked out by Chester-Le-Street at home in the first round while County lost away at Middlesbrough in the second after besting National League side, Chorley, in the first. It's been neck and neck at the top of the table despite a dramatic gulf in games played for a vast majority of the season. This one's set to be a thriller.
Both games will take place at the Millbank Stadium, home of Runcorn Linnets FC on Sunday 19th May 2019. Entry is £3 and covers BOTH fixtures.
After 13 previous home wins in all competitions, the Hatters took on Manchester Stingers in their final league game of the season, their final game at home before two cup finals. Stingers were coming off the back of a difficult evening on Wednesday night at home to FC United of Manchester.
County's team featured two changes, Kath Jones and Shellby Wolstencroft coming in in place of Jeneyah Webb and Abi Hayes. Green looked to rest a few of his key attacking players for the club's cup final on the following day.
A bright start, as is typically the case, for the Hatters saw Nicola Connor come close in the first two minutes of the game with an effort over the bar from close range. Some early chances for Chloe Mapp also saw County very nearly score.The visitors made their first substitution, Vicky Dillon, coming off after just five minutes, which really halted the momentum of the game.
The deadlock was eventually broken after many great first-half chances as a magnificant ball from Sophie John into Chloe Mapp who tucked home and made it 1-0.
County had an excellent opportunity just minutes later as the referee pointed to the spot for handball against the visitors. Chloe Mapp stepped up but remarkably couldn't put it past Faye in the Stingers' goal.
The lead was doubled on 33 minutes as Mapp threaded a good ball through to Chaneece Reeves who slotted the ball beyond the keeper to make it 2-0
County's third came from Jodie Hancock - a brilliant cross from Butler who had been putting in excellent balls all afternoon from corners. Both Hancock and Connor were rushing in at the far post but it was Hancock who got there first and tucked it home.
FINAL SCORE | County 3-0 Manchester Stingers (Mapp 28, Reeves 33, Hancock, 38)
Another league season finished and, although our league finishing position isn't confirmed, we thought we'd reflect on what has been a fruitful season for the Hatters, winning 18 out of their 20 league fixtures this campaign. At home, County are unrivalled in the North West Womens Regional League, having won all 10 of their league home games this season. The only points dropped were a controversial draw at Sir Tom Finney and a loss to FC United of Manchester at Broadhurst Park. The Hatters finish on 55 points, a joint league record (for a 11 team division) held with Morecambe Reserves who acheived the same tally in 2013/14.
In total, 26 players have donned the blue and white for County in the league this season. We thought it'd be nice if we listed them all with a quick summary as to how many games each played and how they performed. To make this easier, lets do it in alphabetical order!
Yasmin Ahmed - Having featured in Ronnie Green's squad for the FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough, you could be forgiven for forgeting that young Yasmin did actually play 15 minutes against Merseyrail at home in November, coming on alongside fellow Development Squad graduate, Holly Stokes.
Lauren Blackett - A County stalwart this season, Blackett has played every minute of every league game this campaign. County's No.1 has made some quality saves on the way to keeping the Hatters sharp defensively.
Katie Brusell - The former Liverpool forward was a prolific force in front of goal in the early stages of the season before getting injured in early October. She has the best minutes per goal of any player in the club with more than 5 goals. Katie is currrently expecting a baby and we wish her and her partner all the best with looming parenthood!
Masa Butler - Acting a full-back or a central midfielder, Butler has grown into a more prominent member of the squad in recent months after returning from a nasty ankle injury sustained in pre-season. Masa looks to be one of the more promising players in Ronnie Green's current squad as one of the youngest regular first teamers.
Nicola Connor - Captain Fantastic. Nic has been a regular feature of County sides down the years and has remained one of the most respected voices in the dressing room. Her dominant presence in the box has lead to an astonishing 8 goals in all competitions, well above average for a central defender.
Hanifa Douglas - After the loss of Brusell due to injury, Nefa slotted in well to the gap behind the front two and has duly delivered with 11 goals in all competitions this season so far. Douglas has been one of the standout players this season going forward, noted by the fact she sits in second place in the club goal rankings.
Jodie Hancock - The only other player to have featured in every minute of every league fixture but Jodie also has the distinction of being the only player to have played everyt minute of every game in all competitions this season. Hancock has been immense this season, arguably pushing to be one of the front runners for Player of the Season.
Abigail Hayes - Abi has played seemingly everywhere this season, starting out as a centre back and transitioning into a goal threat at the front of County's attack alongside the club top scorer. She didn't get any goals in 2018, but has scored 10 in all competitions in 2019.
Sophie John - Sophie's influence on the side has been immense this season. She's been one of the most consistent players of the campaign, holding her central midfield role and making it her own. Being able to play alongside any of her peers, she stands out as one to watch over the coming years.
...to be continued.
Following our win over Sir Tom Finney on Wednesday, the club’s first team have one more league fixture in their 2018/19 campaign remaining. This will be played at home on Sunday, 14:00 KO, against Manchester Stingers. A win in this fixture would put us on 55 points, having only lost one and drawn one all season.
Unfortunately, the ladies will not be announced as league Champions on Sunday if they win, as there is currently an ongoing FA enquiry into a fixture that was played earlier this year between 2 other sides in the league. The North West Womens Regional League have stated that they are unable to do anything until the FA have dealt the current appeal, which could stretch into June/July.
As a club, we are obviously extremely disappointed about this issue. The league is powerless to announce us as league champions, whether we win on Sunday or not, until this is dealt with.
The club will update as and when appropriate.
With just four league games remaining, County travelled to Whalley Range to take on the only side they hadn't previously played before in the league this season, Manchester Stingers. The Manchester outfit sit two places above the bottom two but are mathematically safe from relegation.
The game was the only one of the night in the league as FC United of Manchester's away trip to Fleetwood had been moved to after County's last league game meaning it was a chance to extend the gap between the Hatters and both Tranmere (who now cannot catch County) and FC United.
County made two changes to the line-up, with Kath Jones returning in place of Hanifa Douglas and Shellby Wolstencroft replaced Abi Hayes up top.
Within the first 30 seconds, Jeneyah Webb got in behind the defence but her effort didn't trouble the opposition goalkeeper. The home side followed this up with three corners in quick succession but nothing seemed to trouble Lauren Blackett in the County goal.
Shellby Wolstencroft came very close to opening the scoring when a miscommunication between the goalkeeper and defender left the former stranded, but the striker's lobbed shot trickled wide.
Stingers continued to be the better of the two sides for the vast majority of the the first period, but it was County who came closest when Webb broke free of the defenders around her and placed the bal veyond the goalkeeper, only for it to ricochet off the post and back into the six yard box.
HT | Manchester Stingers 0-0 Stockport County
Following a stern half-time team talk, the start of the second period was a much more exciting affair with County coming close a few times.
Claire O'Reilly then went down with an injury, being replaced by Rachel Mason and causing a change in shape as the Hatters moved to a back three, Hanna Wilson moving to the right of midfield while Kath Jones moved to the left.
The deadlock was broken almost immediately afterwards as a good bit of play from Reeves and Webb opened up space for Mapp whose shot was saved by the goalkeeper, but the league top scorer was there to tap home on the rebound.
County then got their second as Reeves made some good runs down the right before crossing in to Webb who beat the keeper with a first time effort to double the lead.
County then hit the bar, following a great shot from Wolstencroft from distance. Abi Hayes then played the ball in to Jeneyah Webb who tucked home to make it 3-0.
The home side did pull one back from a corner, but it was only a consolation as the Hatters managed to hold on to all three points.
FT | Manchester Stingers 1-3 Stockport County (Mapp 55', Webb 67', 75')
TEAM | Blackett, Wilson, O'Reilly (Mason), Hancock, Connor, John, Jones (Hayes), Reeves, Mapp (Douglas), Webb, Wolstencroft.
POTM | Jeneyah Webb
Following on from their first league loss of the season away at FC United on Wednesday night, the Hatters looked to bounce back with a win over second-placed Tranmere Rovers. Green had a similar squad to the previous game, with Holly Stokes dropping back down to the Development Squad while Rachel Mason and Jasmin Limb were unavailable. Hanna Wilson made her return to the starting XI following a two match suspension too.
In the previous three meetings of the two sides, County had won two and drawn once with the Merseyside outfit. As is typically the case, the Hatters started brightly and perhaps felt like they should have been ahead within the first few minutes if not for some good defensive blocks from the Rovers defense.
County eventually took the lead as Chloe Mapp appeared to be fouled in the box, no penalty was given but some good footwork from Hanifa Douglas and Chaneece Reeves allowed the latter to nip the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
The visitors, with their backs to the wall, started to make more errors defensively. Rovers’ goalkeeper, under no pressure, threw the ball straight out to the feet of Chloe Mapp who dipped an effort over the ‘keeper and into the goal to double the lead.
It seemed to all be going swimmingly for the Hatters until a pass was played into the box by an advancing attacker. It rolled beyond Nicola Connor, appearing to leave the ball for Blackett in the County goal to pick up, but Blackett didn’t react quickly to the pass and it trickled over the line, halving County’s lead to just one goal.
The Hatters extended their lead through Chloe Mapp following a corner on the left from Douglas, the ball pinballed around the box before being tapped home by the league top-scorer to make it 3-1.
The visitors then got two in quick succession as the opposing No.7 made tough work for the County defense. The Tranmere second came from a free-kick, 35 yards from goal. She struck it and it dipped over Blackett and into the County goal to make it 3-2. Minutes later, the ball was played beyond Jodie Hancock and in behind where the attacker struck towards the near post, beating the keeper and drawing the sides level at 3-3
HT | County 3-3 Tranmere Rovers (Reeves, Mapp (2)).
The second half started much like the first, with County attacking with real purpose but being caught out defensively. If not for some last ditch challenges from Hancock and Connor.
County regained the lead as Abi Hayes flicked on the ball to Hanifa Douglas whose good effort beat the goalkeeper to put the score at 4-3. The Hatters continued to pile on the pressure and made it count as Chloe Mapp got her hat-trick. A good ball from the right hand side was met by Mapp at the far post and she tucked home to double the County lead and make it 5-3.
But with all the attacking intent of the side, the defense still looked to be struggling. The visitors pulled another back from around 45 yards out as a long-range effort beat Blackett making it 5-4.
A nervous 15 minutes followed as County looked to protect the lead and the three points and were successful, despite some scares. In the dying seconds, appeals for a penalty were washed away by the referee following what looked like a punch from a defender on substitute Shellby Wolstencroft in the box.
FT | County 5-4 Tranmere Rovers (Reeves, Mapp (3), Douglas).
TEAM | Blackett, Wilson, O'Reilly, Hancock, Connor, John, Reeves, Douglas, Mapp, Webb, Hayes.
SUBS | Jones, Butler, Wolstencroft.
POTM | Reeves.
Following on from last weekend’s controversial draw at Sir Tom Finney, County turned their attention to the Argyle Sports Cup and a home semi-final against local rivals West Didsbury & Chorlton. The Manchester side were taking part in their second semi-final in two weeks, losing narrowly to FC United of Manchester in the Manchester FA Cup the weekend prior.
County were without two big names in their back line, goalkeeper Lauren Blackett was missing for the first time this season meaning that manager, Ronnie Green, had to bring in rising star Niamh Attfield from the development squad, with the 17 year old making her first team start for County since pre-season. Hanna Wilson was also missing, serving her suspension from last weekend’s red card, meaning that centre-back-turned-striker, Abi Hayes slotted in at right back.
The visitors started brightly, controlling a large part of the early possession. County seemed sluggish at times while being limited to their own half. When the Hatters did break, however, they looked dangerous. The first real chance of the game fell to Kath Jones, still looking for her first goal of the season, from some good work by Jeneyah Webb on the right hand side but couldn’t quite push it into the back of the net as he shot seemed to run out of fuel before reaching the keeper.
Webb got in behind the defense herself a number of times, but was unable to turn the good runs into anything substantial. Leah Fish in the ‘West’ goal made a quality stop midway through the first period, keeping out a powerful header from Chloe Mapp.
County eventually broke the deadlock 20 minutes in, a corner from Claire O’Reilly was punched into the air by Fish, but it dropped to Nicola Connor who headed home from close range to give the Hatters the lead and get her sixth of the season, also her second in consecutive games.
O’Reilly then went down following some good attacking play from West, appearing to have injured her ankle. She was promptly brought off, being replaced by Masa Butler at left-back.
County continued to make good breaks following heavy pressure from the visitors with Mapp and Webb getting one-on-one with the goalkeeper but fluffing their lines at the decisive moment.
HT | County 1 (Connor 21’), West Didsbury & Chorlton 0.
County seemed more switched on after the break. With the midfield of John, Reeves and Jones getting on the ball more often. Abi Hayes played a good game on the right, keeping the West left winger at bay for large portions of the game while also providing her attacking intensity that she’s developed over her time playing up top.
The lead was eventually doubled as Jeneyah Webb capitalised on a poor goal-kick, she got onto the end of the ball and tucked it past the onrushing ‘keeper to make it 2-0.
The visitors didn’t take their foot off the gas however as they continued to try and get something from the game while forcing Attfield into making a number of good stops in the County goal.
Chloe Mapp made a good run through the West defence, being brought down in the box for a penalty, which she swiftly put past the goalkeeper to make it 3-0. Mapp got her second with another good run through the defence before slotting it past Leah West and making it 4-0.
The goal prompted County’s second substitution, Jasmin Limb replacing Mapp. Play slowed as the game drew to a halt, the ex-Stoke City striker was unable to find her feet a couple of times and was unable to make any meaningful attempts at goal in the final 10 minutes.
FT | County 4 (Connor 21’, Webb 53’, Mapp 74’, 80’), West Didsbury & Chorlton Women 0.
TEAM | Attfield, Hayes, O’Reilly (Butler 30’), Hancock, Connor, John, Jones, Reeves, Mapp (Limb 81’), Douglas, Webb.
See a full gallery of the game here.
As we enter the month of April, things begin to become more tense for those sides at the top of the North West Womens Regional League. There are three sides mathematically in with a chance of winning the league, Stockport County, Tranmere Rovers and FC United of Manchester.
How Do Things Look Right Now?
County lead, with 40 points from 14 games (W13, D1, L0), meaning that assuming they win all six of their remaining league games they will take the title by at least six points regardless of other results. The Hatters should be marked as the team to beat as the title race is in their own control as things stand.
Tranmere have just two games remaining, against both of their title challengers, FC United and Stockport, and can finish on a maximum of 45 points. They currently sit on 39 from 18 games (W12, D3, L3).
The ones to keep an eye on at this stage are FC United of Manchester, they sit in third (on 30 points) having played three less than Stockport and seven less than Tranmere. Their maximum points total is 55 (as it stands). With superior goal difference to the sides above them, FCUM have an interesting few weeks ahead of them.
Who Plays Who?
Stockport’s next league game is away to FC United at Broadhurst Park next Wednesday (10th April) followed by a home tie with Tranmere the following Sunday (14th April). The Hatters’ remaining fixtures include a trip to Wigan Athletic, sitting in fifth, and Manchester Stingers, currently 8th, as well as home ties with the aforementioned Stingers and Sir Tom Finney.
Tranmere’s next league fixture is against Stockport a week on Sunday, they are also due to play FC United in their final league game but this date has yet to be confirmed due to the Manchester side’s cup commitments.
FC United have, statistically, the easiest run in of the top three playing teams with an average position of seventh, compared to sixth and second for Stockport and Tranmere respectively. This includes a trip to the Wirral and a home tie with County to contend with before a double header against bottom side, Penrith, in Moston and tough games with Fleetwood and Wigan. Fixture congestion could play a factor too, with the Manchester outfit looking to win a second treble in two seasons, as the sheer volume of games could cause fitness issues.
It’s still all to play for in the league and County will be looking to cement their place at the top of the table. We look forward to seeing you at Broadhurst Park for our game with FC United next Wednesday, it’s a 19:30 kickoff on the 10th April.
After 13 consecutive wins in the North West Women’s Regional FL Premier, including victories against second-placed Tranmere and third-placed FC United of Manchester, the Hatters dropped their first points of the season against a Sir Tom Finney side fighting for survival from the drop.
County were without midfielders Hanifa Douglas and Chaneece Reeves for the game in Preston, meaning Shellby Wolstencroft got her first start of the season behind Abi Hayes and Chloe Mapp up top.
The visitors started brightly, coming close a number of times in the opening five minutes. Abi Hayes came closest from inside the six-yard area, her shot blocked by a number of defenders. Shellby Wolstencroft also came close early on. Chloe Mapp got in behind from an O’Reilly free-kick but was adjudged to be offside before she was able to take a shot at goal.
A Jodie Hancock header came agonisingly close to going into bottom corner from an O’Reilly corner but the defender was unable to accurately hit the target.
The Hatters very nearly took the lead as a cross from the right almost found Masa Butler who had made a darting run from the midfield towards the near post. The deadlock was eventually broken as Chloe Mapp got on the end of a flick-on from Abi Hayes on the left, she rounded the keeper and finished with a tidy effort to take the lead just before the 20-minute mark.
The lead was short-lived however as referee, Mark Hughes, gave a penalty for a foul from Jodie Hancock. From our vantage point, behind the goal at the other end of the pitch, contact looked minimal leading to no appeals for a foul from the hosts but the penalty was taken and scored by the home side nonetheless.
Chloe Mapp was booked for dissent in the first period, along with Hanna Wilson and Kath Jones who became the second and third players to enter the book just before the break.
HT | Sir Tom Finney 1-1 County (Mapp)
Following a stern half-time team talk from manager Ronnie Green, the Hatters looked revitalised early on in the second period and it didn’t take long for County to retake the lead, a great ball from O’Reilly on the right found Nicola Connor at the far post who tucked home to make it 2-1.
A succession of chances came County’s way following this, although a number of chances were ruled out before a shot was taken due to a high frequency of offside calls. The home side then levelled, a stray pass on the left found the feet of the hosts’ full-back who played it through to the winger. She then took a shot from outside the box, Blackett was unable to prevent the shot going in after getting a hand to it and the Preston outfit pulled it back to 2-2.
Hanna Wilson came closest to getting a winner for County, making a daring run into the box but being unable to put her effort beyond the onrushing goalkeeper.
After blowing for full-time, Hughes showed number of cards, including a yellow to Sophie John and a second yellow to Hanna Wilson.
FT | Sir Tom Finney 2-2 County (Mapp, Connor)