Match 39
24th February 1986
Stockport County (a)

Mark Wroe 45.  
 (1) 1
Warren Ward 19. 
(1) 1

Match details

Date Monday 24th February 1986
Competition Canon Fourth Division
Venue Edgeley Park
Referee Ken Lupton 
Attendance 2,048

Match Report by Peter Gardner 

County are so careless

STOCKPORT carelessly threw away a chance to strengthen their promo- tion claims.

Two points were wasted as County were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by struggling Exeter at Edgeley Park last night.

Even a desperate late rally by the home side failed with Exeter goalkeeper John Shaw twice denying them in the anxious closing minutes.

Andy Thorpe had a shot blocked while Malcolm Poskett and Mark Wroe saw even better efforts turned aside by acrobatic Shaw. Yet Poskett was handed the game's best chance as early as the 17th minute but he shot over from no more than half a dozen yards out following a free kick by Andy Hodkinson.

Poskett, who joined County with a reputation as a prolific marksman, has yet to hit the target in four games and
his latest display left much to be desired.

Player-boss Les Chapman, too, dipped below his own high standards as Stockport failed to achieve the victory that would have hoisted them to fifth place. Exeter, who had not previously scored in 10 hours of football, were there for the taking. But they took a shock 20th minute lead with Warren Ward, in only his second league game, heading in from a Martin Ling cross on the right. Wroe equalised a minute from half time after a Poskett cross in front of goal was driven back into the middle by Hodkinson.

Wroe (44) for County;
Ward (20) for Exeter.

Stockport County

Line up:
1 Gary Walker 2 Clive Evans 3 Trevor Matthewson 4 Les Chapman 5 Tommy Sword 6 Andy Thorpe 7 Andy Hodkinson 8 Paul Hendrie 9 Mark Leonard 10 Malcolm Poskett 11 Mark Wroe

Exeter City

Line up:
1 John Shaw 2 Steve Harrower 3 Keith Viney 4 Jim McNichol 5 Aidan McCaffery 6 Nicky Marker 7 Martin Ling 8 Gary Jackson 9 Warren Ward (Ray Pratt) 10 Danny Keough 11 Alan Crawford


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