Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016\r\n\r\nCompetition: Vanarama National League North\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 15:00\r\n\r\nLocation: LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham.\r\n\r\nAdmission: Adults £13, Concessions (60+, NUS) £7, 13-17 £7 (NB – This is a one-time only purchase that entitles the bearer to one season ticket per purchase!), 12 and under admitted free.\r\n\r\nFollowing our Buildbase FA Trophy exit last weekend at the hands of AFC Fylde, The Tigers now return to Vanarama National League action in a bid to launch ourselves closer to the chasing pack during the approach of the busy festive period. \r\n\r\nThe Form\r\n\r\nCity are now without a win in our last four matches in all competitions. Last weekend we faced AFC Fylde in a thrilling FA Trophy tie which ended in controversial circumstances. The Tigers took the lead twice through Lewis Hall and Joe Parker but Danny Rowe’s hatrick ensured the Coasters progressed through to the First Round Proper. Our last National League North match saw us travel to Aggborough to face Kidderminster Harriers. The home side took maximum points in a 3-0 drubbing but there were no complaints with many stating that Harriers were the best side we’ve faced all season, including manager Tim Harris.\r\n\r\nStockport County currently sit in 10th, one position below the Tigers and have won two of their last five previous matches. Last weekend they faced Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Trophy winning 2-0 at Edgley Park. Their last league game came at the Lamb Ground where Jim Gannon’s side drew 2-2 with Andy Morrell’s Tamworth. County last won a league match on November 15th, beating Gainsborough Trinity 1-0 at home. This weekend they will be looking to kick on having agreed a new three-year contract with manager Gannon, keeping him at the club until May 2019.\r\n\r\nKey Player\r\n\r\nFor City this week it’s Lewis Hall. The former Bristol City trainee returned from injury recently and got his first goal in his new makeshift left-back role. Last season he played in a position higher up the pitch but has since slotted in to defence and taken to it well. He opened the scoring last week against Fylde with a well taken effort and will be hoping for more of the same this weekend.\r\n\r\nFor Stockport, forward Danny Lloyd tops the goalscoring charts at Edgley Park having netted seven goals in eighteen appearances so far this term. Having fought for promotion with AFC Fylde for three seasons the former Lincoln City goalscorer is regularly on the scoresheet for the Hatters and last scored in their 2-2 draw with Tamworth.\r\n\r\nHead to Head\r\n\r\nWe have met six times in the National League North since County’s relegation to the division in 2013. Our first meeting came up in Stockport in what ended in a 2-2 draw. City’s first win came later on in the season as we brushed the Hatters aside 2-0 at Whaddon Road in March 2014. Goals from Adam Mann and Lewis Hogg sealed the first of two victories we have over them. The second came in April 2015, Harry White’s brace earned the three points. Stockport also have two victories in this fixture, including the highest scoring game between the two of us. That first win, 5-3 up in Greater Manchester was a thriller with the Hatters taking a four goal lead before City pulled two back within 12 minutes. However County’s Kristian Dennis netted a fifth before Gloucester scored a late consolation. We last met in March of this year, with Stockport hammering City 3-0 at home.\r\n\r\nTeam News\r\n\r\nJoe Hanks is doubtful although did feature against Fylde last Saturday, whilst Tom Webb is unavailable this weekend. Jack Deaman and Kieron Thomas both missed out last Saturday due to suspension but return to the side this week.\r\n\r\n 

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