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PREVIEW: Spireites take on Stockport in FA Cup Clash


After facing each other just a week previous, the two sides battle it out again, this time at Edgeley Park, for a place in the first round proper.


The game will be played behind closed doors, however Stockport County are providing a livestream which can be found here: https://page.inplayer.com/stockportcounty/


The Opposition

Jim Gannon’s men sit top of the pile, ahead of Torquay United on goal difference. They come into the game in fine form with four consecutive wins. Their last, coming against Chesterfield of course. Unlike the Spireites, County did not play on Tuesday night, therefore they have had a chance to recharge their batteries ahead of Saturday’s game.


Previous Meetings

In last weekend's clash which was shown live on BT Sport, Alex Reid came off the bench to win it late on for Stockport- scoring in the 85th minute. Left wing-back Mark Kitching opened the scoring in the 20th minute before Jordan Cropper levelled with an equally impressive strike not long before the break. However the Hatters’ late winner propelled them to the top of the table.

One-To-Watch

Mark Kitching- The 25-year-old proved a real handful last weekend for Chesterfield’s right-sided players. He scored County’s opener when he cut inside and curled the ball into the top right corner.


Kitching started his career at Middlesborough-the club he grew up supporting, and progressed through the youth setup before signing first team forms in 2013. He spent time on loan at York City and Rochdale, eventually joining The Dale on a permanent basis in January 2017. The left back joined National League club Hartlepool United following his release from Rochdale at the end of the 17/18 season and went on to make seventy-eight appearances, scoring three goals before turning down a contract extension to join the Hatters this Summer. Kitching has played in every game so far for Jim Gannon’s side and has found the back of the net twice.


Team News

The Spireites’ gaffer revealed that everyone is fit and ready for Saturday’s game.


Pemberton’s Thoughts


Pembo spoke to the press ahead of the FA Cup clash: 'Everyone loves the FA Cup, anyone can lose a game in the competition no matter how big or small you are, that's the beauty of it,’ he said.


“They [Stockport] are in a good place. It’s a difficult game but we just get on with it and go to win it.”

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