It's the first round of the Carling League Worthington Rumbelows Milk Coca Cola Cup....... And the first competitive game at home of the season. Now, before we get to the bobbins that was the game, I have to say I've seen some great goalkeepers play. Mark Schwarzer for Middlesborough, Bruce Grobbelaar when he was at Plymouth, Ludek Miklosko of West Ham....... and that's just from the season here. But with League 1 football you also see some right shite between the sticks. So step forward Billy Mercer of Chesterfield........ Thankfully, for Mercer, we've got 4 games against Chesterfield this season to witness his antics. I've come with Vicky and her brother to this game. Basically I think they came with me because they felt sorry for me. But such was this game and its absolute drabness that they never came to another game all year after this, I think they were put off for life. It was warm naturally even though an evening game and it seemed that no-one really gave a toss. Certainly there was no bugger at the game. 4,000 tops I'd say...... Mind you what else is there to do in Stockport on a Tuesday night? I mean you can't spend all week robbing cars and signing on. Not much to report really......... Who knew it would be the start of the fantastic cup journey, not just for us, but for Chesterfield also, who went all the way themselves to the semi final of the FA Cup. (only to be knocked out by Middlesborough after a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford) After 21 minutes our captain Mike Flynn took a free kick deep in our half. Two headers towards goal by Kieron Durkan and Alun Armstrong and the ball found its way to Andy Mutch to beat his marker and smacked the ball into the roof of the net from close range. Fairly simple really. A typical lower league goal. Hoof it up, get a knock down and smash it past the keeper. Now the second goal was a Billy Mercer cracker......It was a floated cross by John Jeffers out on the wing and Andy Mutch once again rose and met the header from just outside the penalty area.... it wasn't a bullet header, it was just slow motion as it bounced in front of the keeper whom managed in his infinite wisdom to dive over the ball and then let it squirm over the line. Great stuff. 2-0 and coasting....... We've dominated play and it's all good. Unill 15 minutes later and Matt Bound brings down one of their lads whom is through on goal and it's a penalty and he's off..... Tony Lormor scores for the Spitires and our 10 men are hanging on for the last 15 minutes of the game which in reality, we should have put it to bed long ago. Still, a win is a win, and after Saturdays loss to Crewe I'll take it.
* Chesterfield had a very young Kevin Davies playing for them this season ** And moving back to the present and 2009, Stockport sacked the manager today. We're screwed totally.