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Former Preston North End duo help dump Bolton out of the FA Cup

Stockport County triumphed in a Greater Manchester Derby on Wednesday night, beating Bolton Wanderers 5-3 after extra time in an absorbing FA Cup replay.

The Hatters came from 2-0 and 3-1 behind to beat Bolton who are two leagues above them in the football pyramid. Former Blackpool captain Ian Evatt who is now in charge at Bolton, cut a desolate figure at the end as Stockport fans swarmed the pitch at Edgeley Park.

It’s a victory that will live long in the memory for those fans and for the Stockport players, two of which used to be at Preston North End.

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Ryan Croasdale and Ollie Crankshaw are two key midfielders for the National League side now. Croasdale is an experienced player at that level having impressed at Kidderminster Harriers before AFC Fylde broke their transfer record to sign him. He moved to Stockport last year and will look to break into the Football League with them after the money they’ve spent recently.

The 27 year-old made a solitary appearance for Preston in the Football League Trophy in 2013 before being released and moving onto Sheffield Wednesday. He put in a committed display full of energy on Wednesday night.

Ollie Crankshaw sealed the victory with the eighth goal of the night culminating in jubilant scenes from the home fans. The Preston-born player has had an interesting journey up until now.

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Released by North End at the age of 17 he initially found it hard dropping down to the non league and adapting to the more physical aspects of the game.

After spells at Clitheroe and Colne he found his feet at Curzon Ashton. From there he was invited for a trial at Wigan Athletic. It led to a spell in Scotland with Dundee on loan before last season he played quite a few games for The Latics. A move to Bradford City in February of this year was short lived but he now seems settled at Stockport County.

He’s scored four in nine games for them now and that showing live on BBC will have brought him plenty more attention.

With former North End goalkeeper Ben Hinchliffe on the bench too, Stockport’s memorable FA Cup win had plenty of Preston association to it.

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