STOCKPORT County will visit York City having just equalled their biggest victory since 1965.

The Hatters thumped Southport 6-0 at their Edgeley Park home on Tuesday night, which also represented their first victory over the Sandgrounders in four decades.

Jason Oswell bagged a brace in the victory, taking his tally to nine in eight games since his summer switch from Newtown, where he was the Welsh Premier League’s Golden Boot winner last term after netting 22 times.

The 24-year-old marksmen, who also boasts two Europa League goals to his name, started out at Crewe before playing for former England legend Terry Butcher at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

He went on to play in Australia briefly, before spells at Rhyl, Airbus and Newtown.

Oswell was joined on the scoresheet in midweek by Matty Warburton (2), captain Harry Winter and Jimmy Ball.

County were helped on the night by defender Adam Dugdale’s red card midway through the first half after he conceded the penalty that led to the hosts’ second goal.

The scoring was also completed in only 62 minutes, with the result matching any Stockport have managed since a 7-1 thrashing of Bradford City 52 years ago, which remains an away club record.

Since then, Ossett Town (FA Trophy in 2012), Wycombe (2007), Hartlepool (1989 & 1977) and Aldershot (1985) are the only teams the Lancashire outfit have defeated by the same scoreline inflicted on Southport.

The six-goal show means Jim Gannon’s men are the National League North’s second-highest marksmen with 17, behind sharp-shooters Harrogate Town, who have plundered 24.

Having drawn 0-0 at home to Bradford Park Avenue before the Southport thrashing, County are also looking to keep three consecutive clean sheets for the first time in 18 months.

A record of three away defeats already this term, though, is the worst in the division, aside from bottom-of-the-table North Ferriby with four.

Stockport plied their trade in the Championship as recently as 2002, but lost their Football League status nine years later following back-to-back relegations.

The 1997 League Cup finalists then dropped out of the Conference in 2013 and are now enduring their fifth season of sixth-tier football.

In that time, the part-timers have steadily improved with end-of-season finishes of 14th, 11th, ninth and eighth.

Gannon, who was a member of the Stockport side that defeated the Minstermen 1-0 on aggregate during the 1994 League One play-off semi-finals, is in his third spell at the Edgeley Park helm.

In between, he has also managed Motherwell, Peterborough, Port Vale and Northwich.