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Stockport County
Boston United
Full time
A Rose (23'), N Arnold (71')
Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League North Attendance 3,050

Stockport County 0-2 Boston United


Boston United chalked up their third away victory of the National League North campaign with a 2-0 success over Stockport County on Saturday.

A fine looping header from debutant Ahkeem Rose in the 23rd minute and Nathan Arnold's third goal in four appearances in the 71st minute secured all three points for the Pilgrims.

United's fast start at Edgeley Park was rewarded to the maximum, with Nicky Walker particularly prominent in attack and the recalled Ben Middleton outstanding at centre-half.

Middleton’s inclusion from the start was one of five changes made by manager Craig Elliott, with Spencer Harris and Grant Roberts ruled out through injury and Jordan Gough through suspension.

Rose and fellow Grimsby Town loanee Max Wright were included from the start and both players contributed heavily to United’s vibrant start.

The visitors took the lead just past the mid-point of the first half when Walker worked a yard of space to cross from the left and ROSE looped a tremendous header into the far corner beyond the reach of keeper Ben Hinchliffe.

United almost doubled their lead when Middleton planted a header wide following Arnold’s corner delivery.

The Pilgrims were indebted to captain George Willis for preserving their lead when he produced a fine point-blank save to deny Nyal Bell after United had failed to clear a set-piece into their box.

County, switching to three at the back, were a stronger proposition after the break and Ben Davies and Ryan Qualter had to repel teasing crosses from rampaging wing-backs Adam Thomas and Scott Duxbury respectively.

United suffered a double injury blow when Rose left the field with cramp and Andi Thanoj followed with a hamstring niggle. Blackpool loanee Yusifu Ceesay and Jonathan Wafula deputised from the bench.

Willis made a fine stop to keep out Bell’s rising drive and it laid the platform for United to double their lead in their next attack when Walker and Ceesay combined to allow ARNOLD to round Hinchliffe and fire home from a tight angle on his left foot.

Stockport tried to respond, with Sam Walker firing a 25-yard free-kick off target and sub Matt Warburton seeing a low drive deflect marginally wide off Ben Davies.

United could even have extended their lead with Wafula glancing Davies’ free-kick wide and Walker being denied at the death by keeper Hinchliffe.

Stockport (4-2-3-1): Ben Hinchliffe; Adam Thomas, Ashley Palmer, Chris Smalley (Scott Duxbury 46), Dan Cowan; Jordan Keane (Sam Minihan 77), Sam Walker; Frank Mulhern (Matt Warburton 73), Connor Dimaio, Darren Stephenson; Nyal Bell. Subs (not used): Jordan Downing, Ian Ormson (gk).

Boston (4-4-2): George Willis; Ben Davies, Ryan Qualter, Ben Middleton, Ashley Jackson; Max Wright, Brad Abbott, Andi Thanoj (Jonathan Wafula 63), Nathan Arnold (Toby Lees 90); Ahkeem Rose (Yusifu Ceesay 60), Nicky Walker. Subs (not used): Adam Marriott, Jonny Margetts.

Referee: Adam Herczeg.

Attendance: 3,050 (101 visitors).

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Key moments

Goal Ahkeem Rose scores for Boston United
Goal Nathan Arnold scores for Boston United


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90:00 Player of the Match
Ben Middleton is awarded player of the match for Boston United
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
George Willis keeps a clean sheet for Boston United
90:00 Sub On
Toby Lees is substituted on for Boston United
90:00 Sub Off
Nathan Arnold is substituted off for Boston United
71:00 Goal 0 - 2
Nathan Arnold scores for Boston United
63:00 Sub On
Jonathan Wafula is substituted on for Boston United
63:00 Sub Off
Andi Thanoj is substituted off for Boston United
60:00 Sub On
Yusifu Ceesay is substituted on for Boston United
60:00 Sub Off
Ahkeem Rose is substituted off for Boston United
56:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Qualter is yellow carded for Boston United
End of period 1
23:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ahkeem Rose scores for Boston United
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As it happened

  • Stockport County
  • Boston United
  • 0
  • Ahkeem Rose Goal 23:00'
  • Ryan Qualter Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Yusifu Ceesay Sub On 60:00'
  • Ahkeem Rose Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jonathan Wafula Sub On 63:00'
  • Andi Thanoj Sub Off 63:00'
  • Nathan Arnold Goal 71:00'
  • Toby Lees Sub On 90:00'
  • Nathan Arnold Sub Off 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
9. Chester 42 62
10. Kidderminster Harriers 42 60
11. Boston United 42 58
12. York City 42 58
13. Leamington 42 54
14. Southport 42 53
15. Alfreton Town 42 51

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