The visiting support vastly outnumbered the locals in the 1,616 crowd but the mood had turned as ugly as the weather by half-time when Stockport found themselves 3-0 down.
Despite a stirring nearly-comeback in the second half, County fans could not have imagined the turn around in form that has seen the Edgeley Park club rise up the Vanarama Conference North to lie presently 6th, while Stalybridge are struggling down in 20th.
Memories of the day include one Stockport fan swearing profusely at the players throughout the match while accompanied by his 10 or 11 year-old kid and some silly pitch invasions (Stockport have previous with this) by a handful of dimwits during a last-minute melee that saw County's Jamie Milligan sent off.
At the end of proceedings a huge County fan "had words" with the offenders and hopefully they have learned their lesson.
McKenna, Chippendale and Ennis scored for Celtic with replies by Ryan and Dennis for County.