Non-league Matters: Ian Bogie says keeping Stockport County up would be biggest achievement

By Matt Simpson

Manager Ian Bogie says saving Stockport County from relegation would be the biggest achievement of his career after seeing his side overcome Alfreton Town.

Daniel Meadows put the home side ahead, but James Tunnicliffe, Mark Cullen and Jon Nolan gave the Hatters a two-goal cushion before Nathan Arnold scored late on.

County currently sit 20th, and with only three games to go, Bogie believes his side are well on course to beat the drop this season.

“As manager here, keeping this club in this division would be the biggest achievement of my football career in terms of playing and managing,” he told Pure Radio.

“We’re on the front foot at the minute. We just need to get over the finishing line this season and build for next season, hopefully in the Blue Square Premier.

The result takes the Hatters out of the relegation zone, which the former Gateshead boss says is a massive psychological boost, but he insists the job is not done yet.

“The lads have gone away happy,” he said. “Psychologically to get out of the bottom four is important. It’s very tight and it pulls one or two other teams into as well.

“We’ve seen it through and the application from the lads since I’ve come here has been fantastic but we’re not there yet.”

Stockport – who have the luxury of a week off – take on Dartford next weekend and Bogie is expecting his side to take advantage of their opponent’s busy schedule.

“We’ve got a massive game against Dartford coming up next week,” he added.

“They have a game on Tuesday and a game on Thursday so we should be really chomping at the bit and ready to go at full throttle to win the game.”

Non-League Round-up

Blue Square Bet Premier

Hyde’s impressive run of six games unbeaten came to an end as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to Braintree Town.

James Mulley and Ben Wright put Braintree ahead before Jamie Milligan – on loan from Fleetwood Town – scored late on, but the Tigers’ comeback failed to materialise.

Blue Square Bet North

Lee Sinnott’s Altrincham moved into the play-offs with a hard-fought 4-3 win over promotion rivals Halifax Town at the Shay.

Momentum swung both ways during the match, but two goals apiece from the league’s top scorer Damian Reeves and Simon Richman were enough to secure the points for Alty.

Droylsden are now without a win in seven matches and sit second from bottom as they drew 2-2 at home to Corby Town.

Goals from Lee McEvilly and Steve Hall had put the Bloods ahead but two goals from Gary King earned Corby a share of the spoils at The Butchers Arms.

Stalybridge Celtic now sit 16th after Tom Buckley and Adam Pepper scored in a 2-0 win against Histon at the Glassworld Stadium.

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