Saturday, 18 August 2018

Bradford Park Avenue 1 Stockport County 1

The home side earned a deserved draw against the team tipped by the bookies to finish top of the National League North, English football's sixth tier. 

Sadly, the reputation of some Stockport fans meant the crowd was segregated with decent Avenue and County fans unable to sit or stand next to one another and enjoy the craic. 

The away fans did include some idiots and the stewards faced a difficult afternoon and needed to throw out a number of County fans, some of whom invaded the pitch when their side took the lead late in the second period. At this point it was a deserved lead and the goal by Matty Warburton was a real belter of a shot from a good 25 yards out. 

County, for whom Warburton missed a first half penalty, harshly awarded I felt, then sat back. As a small number of police officers turned up to make sure everyone behaved themselves, Avenue fashioned a number of chances in the final 15 minutes of time that was played. The equaliser was a beauty with substitute Adam Nowakowski volleying home a superb cross by Beesley. 

Some photos of a game that failed to sparkle in the first period but was much better to watch in the second.

Steven Drench saves Matty Warburton's first half penalty

No Standing please!

The home side needed to employ additional stewards
because of the poor reputation of Stockport fans, some of whom did fail to behave themselves.

Avenue players congratulate scorer Adam Nowakowski on his late equaliser 

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