Match ends, Stockport County 5, FC Halifax Town 1.
Stockport County 5-1 FC Halifax Town
Elliot Osborne scored a hat-trick and provided an assist as Stockport moved into the National League play-off places after a 5-1 win over Halifax.
Stockport almost grabbed the lead straight from the kick-off when Osborne surged into the area but crashed his effort off the post.
But County got their reward for a bright start as Festus Arthur fired them in front after 24 minutes, heading in Osborne's corner.
Osborne was a constant threat for the hosts and doubled their lead just before the break. The midfielder gathered the ball in the area before spinning and firing into the bottom corner.
And the 23-year-old grabbed his second goal of the game to make it 3-0 in the 52nd minute as he burst into the box and squeezed his effort under Sam Johnson and into the far corner.
County's fourth came from another corner, whipped in by Tom Walker with the ball somehow making its way over the line.
Liam McAlinden hit straight back to deny Stockport a clean sheet as his shot went in off the post. but Osborne restored the lead when he completed his hat-trick with a deflected effort after 73 minutes.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 16BellSubstituted forMulhernat 67'minutes
- 10OsborneSubstituted forCowanat 82'minutes
- 26WalkerSubstituted forWalkerat 75'minutes
- 6NolanSubstituted forWilliamsat 63'minutes
- 11Sho-SilvaSubstituted forMcCoulskyat 72'minutes
- 10KingSubstituted forRedshawat 55'minutes
- Daniel Middleton
Second Half ends, Stockport County 5, FC Halifax Town 1.
Substitution, Stockport County. Dan Cowan replaces Elliot Osborne.
Substitution, Stockport County. Sam Walker replaces Tom Walker.
Goal! Stockport County 5, FC Halifax Town 1. Elliot Osborne (Stockport County).
Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Shawn McCoulsky replaces Tobi Sho-Silva.
Substitution, Stockport County. Frank Mulhern replaces Nyal Bell.
Goal! Stockport County 4, FC Halifax Town 1. Liam McAlinden (FC Halifax Town).
Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Danny Williams replaces Liam Nolan.
Own Goal by Matty Brown, FC Halifax Town. Stockport County 4, FC Halifax Town 0.
Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Jack Redshaw replaces Cameron King.
Goal! Stockport County 3, FC Halifax Town 0. Elliot Osborne (Stockport County).
Second Half begins Stockport County 2, FC Halifax Town 0.
First Half ends, Stockport County 2, FC Halifax Town 0.
Goal! Stockport County 2, FC Halifax Town 0. Elliot Osborne (Stockport County).
Goal! Stockport County 1, FC Halifax Town 0. Festus Arthur (Stockport County).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.