Jennings treble helps Stockport County end Ossett Town’s FA Trophy adventure

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OSSETT Town’s FA Trophy adventure came to an end at Stockport County on Saturday as the Blue Square Bet Premier Hatters romped to a 6-0 victory in the first round tie.

Connor Jennings hit a hat-trick on his Edgeley Park debut while Daniel Hattersley added a brace and Danny Rose completed the scoring as the hosts made sure their Evo-Stik Division 1 North visitors had no chance of an upset.

Craig Elliott’s side can still look back on a superb run in the competition, however, and the Town coffers have been swelled thanks to bagging almost £10,000 in FA prize money, as well as a share of the takings from the 1,697 gate on Saturday.

The Town boss will also be hoping his men can use their impressive run to kick-on in the league, where they sit 14th, and the West Riding County Cup, where they have progressed to the semi-finals.

The visitors held out only ten minutes into Saturday’s clash when Jennings, a recent arrival at County on a loan deal from Scunthorpe United, broke the deadlock.

Six minutes later it was 2-0 as Hattersley headed home his eighth goal of the season from a Sam Sheridan corner.

The Hatters were cruising but Town were not going to leave without making a fight of it and Shane Kelsey fired a shot over the bar.

The visitors’ fight was all but over just before the half-time whistle, however, when Jennings grabbed his second of the afternoon, knocking home from close range after Town goalkeeper Matthew Convey had saved well from a Sean Newton free-kick.

Still, Ossett started the second half well and Kelsey forced County keeper Lewis King into a smart save and Simon Baldy saw claims for a penalty waved away by the officials.

Jennings completed his hat-trick ten minutes after the restart before Danny Rose and Hattersley added further goals to add icing to the Stockport cake.

Stockport County: King, Halls, Newton, Connor, Tunnicliffe, Kenyon, Hattersley, Hobson, Sheridan, Turnbull, Jennings. Subs: Ormson, Whitehead, Rowe, Fagbola, Mainwaring.

Ossett Town: Convey, Fisher, Cotterill, Richardson, Lloyd, Walsh, Baldry, Price, Catton, Radford, Kelsey. Subs: Brown, Hannity, Eyles, Milne, Whitehouse.

Attendance: 1,697

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