On the weekend that the X-Factor found a new star in Matt Cardle, Stockport and Crewe served up some excitement of their own as they battled out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Edgeley Park.

What County need is either someone like Matt, who proved he was up for the fight and came out a worthy winner, or someone like Simon Cowell, who will come in with bundles of cash and give Paul Simpson the money he needs to spend bringing new players in when January arrives.

Has anyone asked Simon if he’s interested? County could do with a few hits at Edgeley Park….of the back of the opposition net that is!

Stockport had been struggling of late to score goals and have been on the receiving end of a couple of 5-0 hammerings but they went into this match showing plenty of fighting spirit and determination and if they continue to show the same effort in every match then I have no fear things will turn out brighter in the future.

County had the lead in this thriller of a match when Greg Tansey put them ahead but were twice behind, as Clayton Donaldson hit two goals either side of half-time, one a neat curler and the other a header.

Heads could have went down but David Poole's close range strike made it 2-2 before a rasping free kick from Danny Shelley from all of 35 yards, gave the visitors a 3-2 advantage.

Not to be outdone, County showed all their fighting qualities and were awarded a penalty when Wes Fletcher was fouled in the box and Greg Tansey stepped up to level the scoring at 3-3 and end a fantastic match.

If Stockport can add some numbers in January and take some positives from this match, then the faithful at Edgeley Park will give them their backing to the hilt.

As long as there are players giving their all for the club, then that is all anyone can ask. Earlier this month, the club added Dave Kevan to the coaching staff at Edgeley Park.

One player who has extended his loan deal for the third time is young Wes Fletcher, as both Burnley and County have agreed on the loan to the 15th January.

Let’s hope that young Wes and the lads take their goals into the next match v Cheltenham on Saturday although it will be difficult as the opposition are sitting in eighth place while Stockport lie in twenty first position but despite the positions, only seven points separate the sides!

Before I sign off, I have to end with some sad news.

Rushden and Diamonds goalkeeper Dale Roberts has died at the age of 24, the club has announced.

I would just like to express my sadness and sympathies and would ask all Stockport fans who read this web-page, to keep young Dale and his family and friends and all at Rushden and Diamonds Football Club, in their thoughts and prayers over the next few days.

God Bless and may he rest in peace.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.

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