Match Sponsored by Farnell Land Rover – Guiseley
Segregation will be in place for this fixture with Stockport County fans allocated the Railway End and second seated stand of Nethermoor Park entering via turnstiles 5-8. Away supporters are recommended to purchase tickets online in advance here.
The Lions return to action this Saturday hosting Stockport County at Nethermoor after a two week break with kick-off at 3pm.
This fixture is the first of two this week against sides in the playoffs who are pushing for promotion with a visit to AFC Telford United on Tuesday night.
The two sides met back in August where it ended in a 1-1 draw at Edgeley Park when Kaine Felix’s first half goal was cancelled out by The Hatters.
The Lions inconsistency continued when Boston visited Nethermoor, despite a hat trick from Rowan Liburd it wasn’t enough for the three points as The Pilgrims scored five.
It has been a barren run at Nethermoor in the league with the last victory coming on 13th October but there has been victories against Cleethorpes Town and Cambridge United in the Emirates FA Cup since then.
Should The Lions be victorious on Saturday it will double 2019’s win tally so far, the only game where maximum points were gained since the turn of the year being the New Year’s Day trip to Bradford (Park Avenue).
Stockport meanwhile have won all their games in 2019 and are currently on an 15 game unbeaten run in league and cup picking up 13 wins in that time.
This remarkable run of form has seen them rise to second place in the table just four points off league leaders Chorley whilst The Lions sit in 19th spot four points above the relegation zone.
The County squad includes two former Lions who they signed from us in the summer with Ash Palmer and Frank Mulhern being a big part of their run to the Buildbase FA Trophy quarter finals.
Marcus Bignot spoke to The Telegraph and Argus ahead of the return to action saying “Stockport will be a really good game for us to come into. We have needed this break. It will give us time to put work into the boys and an opportunity for is to get in some new recruits.”
The Joint Manager is keen to bolster The Lions ranks but knows money is limited “Money is tight and we have to work within our budget. We have to be really cute in the market. We are definitely looking.”
“We need to work hard. We will be looking at the Championship teams’ Under-23s down.”
Looking at the 5-4 defeat to Boston last time out Bignot said “It would have been a great game if it was 5-4 to us. We can still take a lot of positives out of the game, but to be on the end of that scoreline is really disappointing. The chances of scoring four goals at home and not winning are pretty low. I can’t remember being involved in a 5-4 match as either a player or manager before.”
“If you look at it, our front two are in a rich vein of form. But it is at the other end where we have difficulties. We have not kept enough clean sheets and not scored enough goals. The guys need a bit of competition for places. We have lost members of our back four, which has really caught up with us.”
Tickets are available to purchase at the turnstiles on the day or online in advance, Stockport County fans are recommended to purchase online in advance here.