Following the side's successful trip to Yorkshire yesterday afternoon, the SSE Womens FA Cup Second Round draw was made by the Football Association this afternoon.
The Hatters have been drawn away to Middlesborough in the next round, which is due to take place on Sunday 2nd December.
The hosts currently sit third in the National League Northern Premier, their last result being a 2-2 draw with Fylde on Sunday.
More details will be announced in due course.
Fresh off the back of the delights of the men's team's win yesterday in the FA Cup against Yeovil, the Ladies travelled to Barnoldswick for their FA Cup First Round tie against Chorley. The game was moved to Barnoldswick in Yorkshire, a entire marathon away as the crow flies from Chorley's home, Victory Park, due to an Emirates FA Cup clash between Chorley and Doncaster Rovers that very same afternoon.
The extra distance played havoc with both sides' preparations as an incident on a nearby A Road meant a significant delay for the arrival of some County players, moving kick-off back 25 minutes.
Manager, Ronnie Green, made a couple of tactical changes with the side's shape, opting for a flat 4-5-1 instead of the usual 4-3-1-2. Emma Massey came in in place of Hayes, starting out on the left of the midfield, with Kath Jones filling the same spot on the right. Chloe Mapp started up top alone.
The Rememberance Sunday minute's silence was impeccably observed by all in attendance.
A slow start to the game for both sides, County attacking towards the "Sewer End", named after the United Utilites Facility behind the stand, during the first period. The majority of possession fell down the Hatters' left-hand side early on, with Massey and Reeves linking up nicely.
It became apparent from very early into the game that top scorer Chloe Mapp was isolated up top as County seemed to be missing the attacking support of Jeneyah Webb and Katie Brusell, who were both missing from the squad. That said, Emma Massey, Hanifa Douglas and Kath Jones all did well in the opening 30 minutes to try and get in behind the strong Chorley back-line.
One player on top form for Chorley was their goalkeeper, who made a string of quality saves during both halves.
A lacklustre half of football was eventually brought to a halt with scores level, the Hatters had the majority of the possession in the first period, but were unable to make it count.
The home side came out of the blocks at pace following the restart, attacking down both flanks with pace and eventually breaking through with a good run down the right, the cross was headed home well from close range to give the Magpies the lead.
Chorley nearly doubled their lead with another good run, down the left this time, but the ball was held well by Blackett in the County goal.
With the Hatters on the back foot for the majority of the half, Green made a substitution, with Abigail Hayes replacing Emma Massey. This change lead to a change of formation too, reverting to their usual 4-3-1-2 as Hayes went up top to provide support to Chloe Mapp.
This change brought about an immediate difference in tempo, with Hayes making a number of incisive runs at the Chorley defence, freeing up space for her team-mates. A good cross from the left was headed goalwards by Mapp, but an outstanding last ditch save from the Chorley 'keeper kept the lead intact.
County eventually got what they deserved with a great looping ball from Sophie John, which was met by Chloe Mapp and slotted into the bottom corner to make it 1-1 with just minutes remaining. This goal serving as a potential lifeline to take something from the game against opposition from a higher division.
The girls in blue continued to pile on the pressure, forcing the home side into errors. A good run from Mapp took her past two defenders and the goalkeeper, before being upended by the 'keeper who received a yellow for the infringement of the rules.
The pressure continued to mount, with Hanifa Douglas being fouled at the edge of the area. There was just seconds on the clock and both sides were preparing for an extra 30 minutes of extra time. Claire O'Reilly and Chloe Mapp stood over the ball, deciding between them that O'Reilly was to take the free-kick.
O'Reilly stepped up and drilled a shot towards the far post, the effort was deflected and went straight into the back of the net with what became the very last kick of the game. Every single person in the stadium ran to O'Reilly as the Hatters rejoiced in their victory, the home side appearing dejected as they seemingly threw away a game they had in the bag.
FT | Chorley FC Women 1-2 Stockport County LFC (Mapp, O'Reilly)
POTM: Sophie John
A full gallery of the game is available here.
A trip to Barnoldswick approaches as County take on National League side, Chorley at the SilentNight Stadium on Sunday. A massive game for the girls, who are unbeaten thus far this season, against a side they played twice in pre-season.
The game sees the home side move their fixture from Victory Park in Chorley to the home of Barnoldswick Town FC, a considerable distance away from the Magpies' base in Lancashire.
We spoke to manager, Ronnie Green last weekend ahead of the game, where he expressed how the Hatters can play without pressure as they are the bookmakers' underdogs this weekend, a rarity so far this season.
Chorley Women v Stockport County LFC
SSE Womens FA Cup Second Round
Sunday 11 November - 14:00
West Close Road,
Adults £3, Juniors FREE.
Next in our series of posts about members of our committee is Martin Randles, commercial coordinator at Stockport County LFC.
At a young age I wanted to have a career in football. I represented Manchester Boys and Greater Manchester County as a school boy along with spending 2 years at Bolton Wanderers and 3 years at Stockport County before making a decision to leave Stockport County to pursue a career away from football. I continued to play football at a semi-professional level until a serious knee injury ended my playing days at the age of 23. I Currently work as a Mechanical & Electrical Building Services Manager for Eric Wright Construction.
When I am not being dad's taxi for Charlotte and Olivia I joint captain a men's tennis team who last year won the division. I took up running 4 years ago as a hobby and completed my first half marathon last year in aid of the Alzheimer's Society raising over £1400. Although I am not as fit a Pete Attfield I do try to complete over 600 miles each year!
What I do at SCLFC:
I am on the committee at the club and help with the commercial side aiming to keep as many as our partners as possible. I am also the manager of the Under 18's team.
How long have you been doing it:
I started coaching when Charlotte began her second season at under 10's, which is almost 7 years ago. I then joined the committee the following year.
How did you get involved:
Charlotte had played for the under 10's which had a mix of under 10's and 11's for the following season. I made the offer of helping out until they found a manager/coach for the new under 10's and have been involved ever since!
Where would you like to see SCLFC in five years:
Within the next 5 years I would like to see SCLFC have more involvement with the men's team which would include shared facilities. It would be great if the junior section could become an academy and players began to play for older age groups to improve their development. The first team gaining promotion is key to the progress the club needs to make and under the current management feel this is more than achievable.
Tips for others:
I don't really have any tips for people in similar roles. The main point I would like to make is keep the clubs ethos and encourage all members be that committee or coaches to be fully supported be one club not one team.
After last week's great win over title rivals, FC United of Manchester, the Hatters travelled to the Fylde Coast to take on a Fleetwood side who had only lost once in the league prior to this fixture, against the aforementioned FC United.
The County side saw three changes, Shellby Wolstencroft, Jeneyah Webb and Katie Brusell all missing, leaving limited attacking options for Ronnie Green to choose from, with only Chloe Mapp and Emma Massey being strikers by trade. A surprise choice of forward line started the game as Chloe Mapp, currently top scorer this season, and centre-back Abigail Hayes leading the line. Hanifa Douglas replaced Katie Brusell just behind the two, while the 'usual eight' of Blackett, Wilson, Hancock, Connor, O'Reilly, Jones, John and Reeves lined up behind her.
A moment's silence was observed before kickoff, for both Rememberance Sunday next weekend and also the tragic events that took place at Leicester's King Power Stadium last Saturday.
The game started fast, with Wilson making some incisive runs down the right, coming close to setting up Mapp early on as she missed a glorious chance to give the Hatters a lead within the first two minutes. The game was building into a familiar pattern, with Jones, Reeves and John holding most of the play in midfield.
A good piece of buildup play from John, allowed her to play the ball to Reeves who, in turn, put a wonderful pass into Chloe Mapp. Mapp reacted quickly with a first time effort, slotting it past the on rushing 'keeper and into the back of the net.
From the moment the goal was scored, the game's tempo changed. The Wrens were instinctively giving away more fouls and leading County into doing the same.
A break for the home side saw a rare Fleetwood shot, as Lauren Blackett made an outstanding save to keep the Hatters ahead. The lead wasn't intact for much longer, however, as a mix-up in the midfield lead to the Wrens pulling level through Lauren Oatley.
The remainder of the first half was relatively back and forth, with Abi Hayes being the only oter County player to really come close to scoring, some excellent defensive work from Fleetwood keeping Hayes from being able to get any really attempts on the Town goal.
An evidently tense start to the second period for the Hatters as Fleetwood continued to make it difficult for them. Tempers flared on the far side of the pitch as Hanna Wilson got into an altercation with one of the Town players. There was a vocal presence from the home supporters who looked to unnerve County's stalwart right-back.
A noticable disagreement across the pitch between coaches from both sides over an offside call took the sting out of the game for a minute or so, while the referee attempted to deal with the growing animosity on the pitch. Chaneece Reeves was booked by the official for her vocal disapproval of a tackle by one of the Fleetwood midfielders.
Reeves made an impact with her football though, making some good runs down the left. She eventually found herself in a great position, where she crossed the ball into the six yard box to the awaiting Hanifa Douglas. Douglas took a touch and smashed the ball home from close range giving the Hatters the lead.
Hayes came close again, with a charging run through the backline, lobbing the keeper and hitting the crossbar before the ball bounced kindly for the Town 'keeper.
As the full-time whistle approached, County made two changes, bringing on Massey and Porteous-Williams with just minutes remaining and switching to a flat 4-5-1, with the two substitutes out wide.
The referee eventually drew the game to a close with the Hatters taking all three points in what arguably turn out to be their toughest game so far this season. With another trip to Lancashire in the FA Cup next week, County will be looking to iron out any issues in training on Wednesday.
FT | County 2 (Mapp, Douglas), Fleetwood Town 1 (Oatley)
Team: Blackett, Wilson, O'Reilly, Hancock, Connor, John, Jones, Reeves (Porteous-Williams), Mapp, Douglas (Massey), Hayes.
For a full match gallery, click here.
Following on from last week's interview with Welfare Officer, we're moving onto our Media Officer this week (who may or may not have also come up with the questions himself) as James Gill is in the hotseat.
Tell us about yourself?
I was born and raised in Stockport, growing up not far from where County Ladies play their home games. I eventually moved to the other side of the town and now live a five minute walk from Edgeley Park Stadium. At 19, I'm comfortably the youngest committee member, which has both it's benefits and it's drawbacks, obviously.
What do you do at SCLFC?
I'm our media officer so, first and foremost, I'm in charge of running our social media accounts, which was just the Twitter page when I joined the club. Outside of SCLFC, I'm a freelance photographer covering games in the EFL, FA Cup and the National League so its only appropriate that I use those skills with County. I photograph, film and write reports on all first-team matches, home and away. It essentially takes up my whole Sunday, particularly when we're travelling to somewhere far away (Bishop Auckland springs to mind).
I'm also our resident Slush Puppie enthusiast, buying one every time I'm at Stockport Sports Village. If you ever see me at a game, I'm most likely enjoying one of those refreshing strawberry-flavoured, half-frozen treats.
How long you have been doing it?
I've been with the club since the start of Pre-Season, mid July to be exact!
How did you get involved?
I've been with Stockport County FC (the men's team) for five years and have been photographing at the club (as a freelancer, but sometimes covering for the official photographer) and it was through the official photographer that I found the vacancy with the SCLFC.
Before being media officer for the club, I was previously Press Officer for the Cheshire Football League.
Tips for people in similar roles at other clubs?
At the end of the day, you've just got to work around what suits your team best. In the women's game, photos and videos are definitely the way forward. The game is growing and there's never been a better time to help out!
There are clubs across the country and they'd all benefit from having the right level of media coverage.
A massive game for our first team this weekend as they hosted fellow unbeaten side, FC United Of Manchester at Stockport Sports Village.
Fresh off the back of their 10-1 thrashing of Penrith last weekend, the Hatters were looking to extend their run of wins in competitive games this season to eight games with another win at home to an FC United side who hadn’t lost a league game in three years.
There were no changes to the squad, with the same side lining up in blue and white as there was the previous week, with Hanifa Douglas and Shellby Wolstencroft returning to the bench after a week of not being in the squad.
The teams emerged from the centre tunnel to a crowd of 134 supporters, with the away side’s supporters donning flags at either end of the ground. The Rebels attempted to get the psychological advantage early on by opting to make the side swap ends at the start of the game, meaning County were attacking towards the southern end of the pitch during the first period.
The visitors had the early spells of possession, before a piercing run down the right from Wilson lead to a County corner. O’Reilly whipped in the corner, which was initially headed back to the full-back. She then turned and curled another ball in, which was headed away from goal by the Reds’ defence. This header was only to be met by Jodie Hancock, however, as she buried the ball into the bottom corner from 10 yards out to give the Hatters the lead.
United continued to pile on the pressure, eventually breaking down the left and earning themselves a free-kick. The resulting free-kick was parried away by Blackett in the County goal, only to be tucked home by Rebecca Foster to bring the visitors level.
Late in the half, a strong run from Reeves through the midfield lead to the Rebels’ goalkeeper in tears just five yards from goal. She appeared to fall heavily on her ankle before Reeves slid in to get the ball. This stopped play for about five minutes while Ainsworth received treatment.
HT | County 1 (Hancock 5’), FCUM 1 (Foster 23’)
County came out in the second half straight out of the blocks. A great run from Brusell through the centre allowed for Chloe Mapp to pull into space. A superb ball through from the ex-Liverpool midfielder fell to the feet of Mapp, who lobbed the goalkeeper with an expertly-executed finish to give the Hatters the lead.
The visitors came close again at the other end. If not for some Blackett heroics, the Reds may have drawn level just minutes after Mapp’s goal for the home side. The County ‘keeper making a great save to her left to keep the score at 2-1.
Brusell got in on the action herself, with a header in the 58th minute through yet another set piece from O’Reilly. This gave the home side the two goal cushion they desperately needed. United made a few formational changes after the third, as they pushed more players forward.
The introduction of Douglas and Wolstencroft created a new threat for the visitors, one which seemed all too familiar. Wolstencroft was an ex-player of the visiting team, which made the next five minutes all the more sweet. A good pass from Douglas into the onrushing Wolstencroft was hammered home from outside the box. It was a moment filled with emotion for the striker, who ran almost half the length of the pitch and into the arms of manager Ronnie Green.
The visitors came close to a consolation late on, but a heroic goal-line clearance from Nic Connor prevented the Reds getting a second, preserving County’s three goal lead.
Scott Healey blew for full-time and the Hatters had done it. They had broken the Rebels’ three year run of unbeaten league games with an outstanding performance at Stockport Sports Village.
FT | County 4 (Hancock 5’, Mapp 46’, Brusell 58’, Wolstencroft 84’), FCUM 1 (Foster 23’)
Team: Blackett, Wilson, Hancock, Connor (C), O’Reilly, John, Reeves, Jones, Brusell, Webb, Mapp.
Subs: Douglas, Wolstencroft, Hayes, Massey
POTM: Katie Brusell
For a full gallery of the game, click here.
This is the first part of a multi-part series on the roles of our committee members. The first being Welfare Officer, Peter Attfield.
Tell us about yourself?
I grew up in South Manchester and now live in Chorlton. Apart from football my main interest is cycling, I have ‘several’ bikes and ride around 10,000 miles a year, so I’m probably the fittest member of the SCLFC committee (although Martin and Rosie might disagree)
What do you do at SCLFC?
I’ve been involved with SCLFC since my daughter, Niamh, joined the club in 2013 and I became Assistant Welfare Officer in 2014. I’m now the Welfare Officer since Chris Lee took over the Treasurers role at the end of last season. As well as my Welfare Officer training I’m also a Level 1 coach, Level 1 goalkeeping coach and I’ve done FA Youth Module 1 training. I’m a member of the FA Licensed Coaches Club.
I’m at training most Wednesdays, often for the full three hours from 6 – 9pm now Niamh is playing senior football. I’ll either be down by the pitch or upstairs in the Saxon Room (depending on the weather…!). I’m easy to spot, so if you want to chat about anything or just introduce yourself feel free to do so.
Where would you like to take County over the next few years with your work?
In the immediate future I would like to see the club form stronger links with Stockport County men’s team so we can share resources for our mutual benefit and move towards the sort of integrated club model that is now common at Premiership level. Promotion for the First team to the National League this year would be fantastic after being so close last year. Also continued improvements flexibility throughout the club, that allows players to aspire to playing at the highest level we can offer. I really value that this is a club that can take players through from the youngest Wildcats up to full senior First Team level.
Fresh off the back of another win last week, the Hatters were looking to make it eight wins from eight in competitive matches this season. Their opponents were Penrith, the most northernly side in the league, who become the first side that County have played twice this season.
This week's team news saw a return to the squad for Katie Brusell and Jeneyah Webb. Abi Hayes dropped to the bench as Jodie Hancock slotted back into defense, while Chaneece Reeves came into the midfield alongside Jones and John. Emma Massey also dropped to the bench to allow for Webb to start.
A rather slow start to the game saw County spend a lot of their time attacking down the left hand side, through Brusell, Jones and O'Reilly. The Hatters were reserved to only being able to shoot from distance, due to their opponents defensive formation, which transitioned into a back six when the home side had possession.
A defensive mishap for County put the visitors through on goal, with the striker curling home an effort, leaving Blackett with no chance of stopping it.
A free-kick to County, around 30 yards from goal, lined up nicely for O'Reilly but her effort couldn't beat the wall. The ball then fell to John stood 35-40 yards from goal, who looked up, saw the goalkeeper off her line and dipped a superb effort up and over the 'keeper and into the goal to pull the Hatters level.
A good break from Jeneyah Webb down the right then saw her push into the box, only to be fouled by the onrushing defender. The penalty that followed was taken by Chloe Mapp, who made no mistakes in placing the ball into the bottom corner.
Another good break from Webb, bursting through two defenders, allowed her to get space to cross the ball. Her cross was whipped in to the near post, where Katie Brusell was rushing in to glance the ball into the goal from close range.
Brusell was almost in again with another headed chance, but her contact with the ball was unfortunately not as accurate, as the ball flew wide. But this miss was all forgotten just minutes later as she took the ball just outside the box and hammered it home to make it 4.
HT | County 4-1 Penrith
County started strong in the second half, with a flowing attack down the right. Bruselll took the ball beyond her marker inside the box and curled home to make it five, gaining her hat-trick in the process.
A fantastic move in the midfield from John and Brusell, saw the ball roll through to Webb who confidently played an expert backheel pass into the feet of Chloe Mapp. It was all trivial from there, as Mapp buried the ball home from the edge of the 18 yard area.
A County change followed, with Hanna Wilson coming off for Abi Hayes.
Hayes made an immediate impact too, playing the ball well on the right for Brusell, who crossed the ball into the six yard area where Chloe Mapp was waiting, her header went past the goalkeeper and allowed last season's top scorer to complete her hat-trick.
Brusell showed off her skills once more as she got her fourth of the game with a cool finish in side the box. Manager, Ronnie Green, saw this as opportunity to bring on Emma Massey for Kath Jones as Penrith appeared to be on their last legs.
Claire O'Reilly got another on the goal tally for defenders this season with her third goal in two games. The full-back doesn't score easy goals, striking from 25 yards and into the top corner, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Chloe Mapp closed the scoring and put the score into double digits as she tucked home her fourth of the game from close range just minutes before the final whistle.
FT | County 10-1 Penrith
Team: Blackett, Wilson (Hayes), Connor (C), Hancock, O'Reilly, Jones (Massey), Reeves, John, Brusell, Mapp, Webb.
POTM: Jeneyah Webb.
For a full gallery, click here.
In the first of a new series of articles, we look at the sporting ventures some of our players are involved in outside of football, both past and present.
Our first article features defender, Rachel Mason, who is also an international-capped Australian Rules footballer. we sat down with Rachel to get her take on the sport.
"I’m 22 and live in Heaton Moor, Stockport. I’ve recently graduated in law from university and I am looking at starting a masters in January."
Were you sporty as a child?
"I’ve been sporty for as long as I can remember. I was always opting to play football in the playground and have tried my hand at lots of sports including football, lacrosse and athletics."
What got you into football?
"I have two older brothers that both play football and I grew up watching their matches so it was no surprise to my parents when I decided I wanted to play too."
What got you into Aussie Rules?
"My housemate from uni went on a year abroad to Australia and really got into it, so when she came back the following year she dragged us all down to the boys uni team training. From there we managed to recruit a few more girls to make a team and had regular fixtures with other uni’s and London clubs. It is such an exciting, fast-paced and demanding sport, so I knew I wanted to carry it on as soon as I gave it a go."
Tell us about your achievements in that Australian Rules?
"I was recently selected to play for England in the 2018 Euro Cup held in Cork. We made it to the final but lost to Ireland and came away with a silver medal. I’m also training with the Great Britain team when they meet up throughout the year which is great to learn from the best players in the country. "
Is it tough balancing both sports with working/studying?
"In my final year at university I played for Coventry United and we were training twice a week with matches on Sundays, on top of training with Aussie Rules. Coventry was becoming too much of a commitment to travel over an hour to training and matches whilst trying to balance my final year at university, so I did have to stop playing half way through the season. But at the moment I’m really enjoying a 15 minute drive to training!"
Is there anyone you look up to?
At secondary school I had a PE teacher that really inspired me to be the best I could be in anything I did and I still remember that today. But at the moment I’d have to say my mum because she does so much for so many people and is generally just an amazing woman.
And, finally where do you see yourself in five years?
I’d like to be a fully qualified solicitor and settled in a job I’m happy in. I’d also love to have been selected for the 2020 AFL International Cup in Australia with the GB team.
Note: Manchester Mosquitoes are running a taster session at Burnage Rugby Club on Sunday 3 November, 11:00-13:00.