SOUTHEND UTD 0
STOCKPORT CO 1
John Rooney’s 16th-minute effort handed the Hatters their first victory of the season at Roots Hall.
And Rusk was delighted with the determined display.
“We had to show lots of character,” he said. “We’ve had a few things go against us the last few weeks and we’re still missing some big players who don’t quite match fit.
“It’s not as straightforward as it always appears and we knew we would have to dig deep. But the way we defended meant we deserved the win and I’m really pleased for the players.”
The victory also saw highly-fancied Stockport bounce back from their shock opening day defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Victory Adds To Daryl's Delight
Dagenham & Red-bridge made it two wins from two with a four-star show which proved too good for Bromley.
RED-HOT UNITED STAYING ON TOP
HAYES & Yeading remain the only side in the division with a 100 per cent record.
HURST: THAT'S FOR THE FANS
GRIMSBY Town boss Paul Hurst dedicated this victory over Weymouth to the club’s supporters as they made the perfect start to life back in the National League.
HUDLIN HAS THE STAR POWER!
NEAL ARDLEY ON LEAVING KYLE OUT
CARDS ARE DENIED AS SHAYMEN SET THE BAR
FC HALIFAX condemned new-look Woking to their first defeat of the campaign in a barn-storming game at Kingfield.
Omar red makes Gulls battle
GARY JOHNSON hailed a draw ‘that was as good as a win’ as his stubborn, well-organized side refused to buckle after losing defender Ali Omar to a red card in the 25th minute at Meadow Lane.
IT'S VITAL YOU HAVE A PLAN B
THINGS always pop up that you can’t control. Our for-ward, Joey Butlin, has decided to move on because of our training in the morning and his family commitments. Although we would have preferred to know a bit earlier – it means changing our recruitment strategy – he has to do what’s best for him.
CHAMPIONS ARE HELD BY PENYBONT
CHAMPIONS Connah’s Quay Nomads became the first side to blink in the race for the JC Cymru Premier League title as they dropped a point at Penybont.
HOME WILL HELP WOODS GROW!
IT was a real pleasure for me to be in attendance for the opening match at Woodford Town’s new Ashton’s Stadium this month.
BOSS RUSK IS A HAPPY HATTER!
STOCKPORT County boss Simon Rusk hailed the character of his side after inflicting a first-ever NonLeague defeat on Southend United.