Non-League Matters: Stockport County’s Alan Lord ‘apologises’ as Hyde already look to next season

Alan Lord hopes the despondent mood he was in at the weekend will be the catalyst Stockport County need ahead of an important clash with Guiseley tonight.

The 2-0 away defeat to Gloucester City was County’s  fifth game without a win, including three defeats.

Lord said that there were no positives to take out of the game and was more concerned for the fans and the fact that he let them down.

“When the players come out on Tuesday against Guiseley, for the fans that want to make that journey irrespective of the result they will not get a low key performance, it will not happen again,” he said.

“I get very emotional about being the manager of this club and that performance doesn’t represent the club or the unbelievable fans that we’ve got here.

“There were a lot of blue and white scarves behind the goal and I feel very disloyal to those fans. I’ve let them down, I got it wrong and I apologise.”

In the other Skrill North game, Altrincham take on Harrogate Town at Moss Lane after beating Brackley Town 2-1 to move up to fourth in the table.

In the Skrill Premier Scott McNiven addressed his hopes for next season after seeing his side lose 5-1 at home to Halifax.

With nine games left to go, starting with Alfreton Town on Tuesday, Hyde could be sent down to the Skrill North by the end of the week. 

The loss to Halifax was their 32nd defeat in all competitions but McNiven was determined to finish the current campaign well then plan for the club’s future.

“You want to finish the season with a bit of panache to give the fans something to cheer about and they’ve had nothing to cheer about here all season. I feel for them, it’s been tough for everyone,” he said.

“You have your professional standards, you don’t want to roll over and concede every week although our minds are fully focused on coming back up next year but you don’t want to dismiss the rest of this season because you’d look a fool.”

“It’s all about getting the balance right and trying to get the best out of the lads for the remainder of the games and then have plans in place for next season so you can comeback stronger,” he said.

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