Non-League Matters: Stockport boss teases fans with ‘surprise’ influx of new players

Stockport boss Alan Lord has told fans they ‘might be surprised’ by new additions set to join the squad over the coming weeks which should provide a ‘significant improvement’.

Lord described his sides 1-0 defeat last weekend to Hednesford Town as ‘very disappointing’, which ended their nine game unbeaten run at Edgeley Park.

But maintained that new additions to the squad will bring serious quality to the team.

“We’ve been very active in that department over the past weeks and I think the fans might be quite surprised at a couple of players we’re looking to bring in and they are the quality of players that I want for next season,” he said.

“Hopefully if we can agree the financial bits and pieces then they’ll be a significant improvement to what we’ve got at the moment.”

Stockport are set to take on league leaders North Ferriby United this Saturday and Lord already has a rough idea who from the current squad will be there next season if they are going to push for promotion.

“It’s given me a clearer picture now about who I’m keeping, who we need to get. I said about three or four weeks ago that I’d probably like to keep ten of the existing players,” he said.

County currently sit 13th in the Skrill North on 43 points and due to their ten-game winless run, have no chance of a top ten finish with just five games left.

Meanwhile, third place Altrincham face second place AFC Telford United after their 3-1 win against Colwyn Bay put them back in the hunt for a second place finish.

In the Skrill Premier, Hyde manager Scott McNiven has urged the club’s fans to get behind his young team after they slumped to yet another defeat.

The Tigers lost their 32nd game of the league season going down 1-0 to Aldershot Town.

Despite already being relegated, McNiven stressed the need for the fans to encourage and get behind his players as they prepare to face Chester at the weekend.

“I want our home to be a fortress,” claimed the Hyde boss.

“It has to be if we’re going to do anything next year. I want the fans to get behind the team but we’ve got to do our bit on the pitch.”

“We need a twelfth man. We don’t need the boos and the singing what we need is to encourage the young lads to get on the ball, to not go in their shell and not want the ball because the fans are on their back.”

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