Torquay United finally got their season up and running with victory at Maidenhead – but they were made to sweat every inch of the way with the Magpies rallying back from three goals down to set uip a thrilling finish.
What their form did, however, was earn Stockport a third-place finish and give Simon Rusk’s charges a valuable extra week’s break heading into the semi-final phase where they meet Dave Challinor’s Hartlepool United this afternoon at Edgeley Park.
The 31-year-old –a high-profile signing from Fleetwood Town last month – played his most vital role yet as his solitary goal continued Stockport’s title push at the expense of play-off chasing FC Halifax Town.
The upwardly mobile Hatters extended their unbeaten run to six with a deserved victory built on another solid defensive display which withstood the inconsistent Shots’ attempt at a grandstand finish in a frantic final period.
Madden, making his fourth appearance for County since his move from Fleetwood, struck the Hatters’ equaliser 12 minutes from time after Gavan Holohan had given Hartlepool the lead at the start of the second half