Stockport’s first match in non-league’s top tier for six years saw them edged out by a single goal at Edgeley Park, at the hands of the ‘Magpies’ of Maidenhead United.

Jake Cassidy’s headed effort after 78 minutes proved the difference in a tight game of relatively few opportunities, albeit including two from County that were cleared off the line.

In the North, Curzon Ashton were team of the day with a 5-0 thrashing of Bradford Park Avenue to go top of the National League North at Tameside Stadium.

Altrincham started their 2019/20 Vanarama National League North campaign with a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to title favourites York City.

Alty took the lead in the 12th minute from a Johnston corner that found the head of James Jones, who directed the ball into the back of the Minstermen’s goal.York equalised on the stroke of half-time, when a Ferguson cross hit the inside of Drench’s left post and then deflected off Robins’ goal scorer Jones, before finishing the net and grabbed a second six minutes after the break grabbed their second on the 51st minute, as Joe Tait tapped in an effort from a corner after the Alty defence failed to clear their line adding a third on the hour mark through Jordan Burrow.


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