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Stockport County
Boston United
Tue 20 Mar 19:45 - The Vanarama National League - National League North Full time Attendance 2,244

Stockport County 1-0 Boston United

Matt Warburton's goal four minutes from time sentenced Boston United to a narrow defeat on Tuesday evening.

The Stockport County attacker made the breakthrough in the 86th minute to settle a scrappy encounter at Edgeley Park as the hosts bolstered their play-off hopes.

United were not unduly troubled throughout but were eventually undone when Stockport struck in the dying moments.

Jonathan Wafula had been handed his full debut ahead of kick-off, with Jay Rollins sidelined with a persistent groin injury.

Warburton, James Ball and Jason Oswell all went close for Stockport during the opening stages while United’s best first half chance fell to Reece Thompson, who engineered a yard of space but dragged his effort across goal and wide.

County ramped up the pressure after the break as they attacked the famous Cheadle End and Ryan Qualter and Jamie McGuire made spectacular blocks to keep the hosts at bay.

Home keeper Ben Hinchliffe produced a fine save with his legs to deny Thompson but County stole all three points when WARBURTON steered the loose ball past Jon Stewart after Scott Duxbury and Darren Stephenson had linked up down the hosts’ left-hand side.

Stockport (3-4-1-2): Ben Hinchliffe; Dan Cowan (Darren Stephenson 75), Michael Clarke, Jamie Stott; Adam Thomas, Harry Winter (Paul Turnbull 64), James Ball, Scott Duxbury; Rhys Turner (Stephen O’Halloran 88); Jason Oswell, Matt Warburton. Subs (not used): Sam Minihan, Ian Ormson (gk).

Boston (4-4-2): Jon Stewart; Wes Atkinson, Ryan Qualter, Jordan Keane, Stephen Brogan; Jonathan Wafula (Gregg Smith 88), Brad Abbott, Jamie McGuire, Ashley Hemmings; Reece Thompson, Jake Beesley (Benny Igiehon 80). Subs (not used): Kabongo Tshimanga, Taron Hare, George Willis (gk).

Referee: Garreth Rhodes.

Attendance: 2,244 (37 visitors).

Ryan Qualter

Player of the Match

Ryan Qualter


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90:00 Player of the Match
Ryan Qualter is awarded player of the match for Boston United
88:00 Sub On
Gregory Smith is substituted on for Boston United
88:00 Sub Off
Jonathan Wafula is substituted off for Boston United
82:00 Yellow Card
Wes Atkinson is yellow carded for Boston United
80:00 Sub On
Benny Igiehon is substituted on for Boston United
80:00 Sub Off
Jake Beesley is substituted off for Boston United
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Jamie McGuire is yellow carded for Boston United
19:00 Yellow Card
Stephen Brogan is yellow carded for Boston United
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As it happened

  • Stockport County
  • Boston United
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  • Stephen Brogan Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Jamie McGuire Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Jake Beesley Sub Off 80:00'
  • Benny Igiehon Sub On 80:00'
  • Wes Atkinson Yellow Card 82:00'
  • Gregory Smith Sub On 88:00'
  • Jonathan Wafula Sub Off 88:00'

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