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New Signing for First Team

The Anchors welcome back James Risbrough who has joined after being released from his contract by Whitby Town.

‘Munchie’ who can play as a wingback or as a wide attacker played for Stockton at U18s and for a season in the Wearside league before leaving and going on to play for several top Northern League sides as well as professionally in Sweden the last few summers.
With Guisborough, Marske Utd and Spennymoor amongst others on his CV, Manager Michael Dunwell is delighted with this high quality addition to the squad.

Jamie Poole has left the Club of his own accord. He has re-signed for Whitby but there is no connection between those two movements.

Record crowd watches Anchors progress in Vase


Over 500 spectators crammed into Bishopton Road West to watch this FA Vase 3rd Round tie. The ‘Purps’ fans created an amazing atmosphere which although partisan made it a special day for both sets of players. There wasn’t much to choose between the teams on the pitch and a 20th Minute Fred WOODHOUSE goal was enough to take the Anchors through to the last 32 for the first time in their history. Stockton had the better of the first half and had 3 or 4 good opportunities, CoL keeper McCall making 2 excellent saves to keep the score down. Second half saw CoL change their style a little and get plenty of possession however they couldn’t quite create enough and Stockton who were excellent right across the whole defence, held firm, led by the outstanding Tom Coulthard who nullified the dangerous CoL striker Nevitt. Onwards and upwards, another brilliant day for the Club, another set of friends made in Liverpool and we’re in the hat on Monday (next round is Jan 6th) for another exciting day hopefully. UTA

Anchors bad day at the office

Stockton Town visited top 4 Shildon but left the recent run of form at the gate as they capitulated in the first half and but for Tom Coulthard, Alan Cossavella and a couple of good saves it could have been worse. Keeper Jordan who’s form has been excellent recently made a hash of a save from a speculative MOORE shot after 5 minutes and that seemed to set the tone as everyone struggled to get going. ROBSON curled one in from the corner of the box to make it 2-0, 10 minutes before halftime. Things improved second half and the Anchors looked like they might get back into it but chances were rare and Shildon got a third through DODDS with a breakaway goal in the final seconds. FT Shildon 3 v 0 Stockton Town

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Jordan steps up to keep Anchors on a roll

Stockton had Liam Jordan to thank for this hard fought victory against a slick well drilled Team North as the young keeper made a string of top class saves to keep TN at bay as they pressed for an equaliser in the second half. The game was  a technical affair and not as thrilling as recent matches at Bishopton Rd West but no less entertaining, if only just for the tension in the last half hour as Stockton defended with their lives and Liam Jordan making two superb saves within a minute to deny TN.  OWENS gave the Anchors the lead right on half time and it stayed like that until the last 15 minutes when DIBB FULLER tapped in for an equaliser after a period of pressure. But this didn’t spur the University boys on and it was Stockton who finished the stronger and when Jamie Poole’s driven shot was superbly saved by Holden, CRAGGS reacted quickest and fired the rebound home from a tight angle to take the 3 points for Stockton and extend an excellent run of results which has seen 13 wins in the last 16 games in all competitions. FT: STOCKTON TOWN 2 v 1 TEAM NORTH

Anchors ease past Billingham Town in League Cup

Stockton fielded a much changed side in the 2nd Round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup last night. Injuries and game time for the lads who’ve not played much recently mainly. There wasn’t much in the match at all for over an hour both teams missing decent chances in the first half before Owens hammered a 25yd effort over the stranded keeper who was caught out too far off his line to deal with it. Stockton keeper Arthur made a good save as Billingham’s pace cut through the Stockton midfield easily and Owens hit the post before another poorly defended attack found Lambert and his shot deflected past Arthur to make it 1-1 at half time.

Second half was a little cat and mouse with both teams cancelling each other with Stockton looking a little weary and laboured at times. Garbutt and Petitjean livened it up when they came on and the Anchors finally got on top. The Anchors went in front on 77mins when N Mulligan turned Beddow and was brought down just inside the box he jumped up and tucked the Penalty away himself.  On 85 minutes it was Owens shooting again only this time the keeper Hodgson made the save only for Garbutt to follow up and tap home and 2 minutes later Jimmy Ward played a nice ball into Owens who beat two men and fired home from a tight angle to make the Final Score 4-1

Another win and more positivity for the squad the result looks more comfortable than it was, although never in danger, the Anchors didn’t really get going until the last 25. Garbutt did well when he came on and 18yr old Jake Petitjean showed he’s not out of place at this level with an assured performance. Jamie Owens gets Man of Match for always being a threat and his class was the difference on the night.

Anchors progress in Vase with Craggs Free Kick Masterclass

It took extra time for Stockton to overcome a decent Bootle team who will be disappointed they didnt take advantage of their first half performance. Take nothing away from Stockton who turned the game on its head and from 60 minutes onwards with the introduction of Nathan Mulligan and a formation change they were the better side and created a bagful of chances hitting the woodwork on 3 occasions. Max Craggs was the hero as he scored 2 superb free kicks the second one a 25 yarder and the clincher in extra time that would have graced any stage. “the best free kick I’ve ever seen” a twitter comment from a Bootle fan says it all….

Stockton took the lead when Carter tucked away Hayes cross, Loughlin and then Milne from the penalty spot put Bootle deservedly 2-1up at half time it could have been more. The second half saw Stockton come more into the game. Craggs and Nathan Mulligan both hit the woodwork before Craggs adjusted his sights and curled a 20yd free kick over the wall to make it 2-2. Extra time came and Stockton were now well on top and just 4 minutes in Carter delivered a perfect cross for Owens to head home and just minutes later another free kick was despatched by Craggs 25 yards out over the wall with pace, power, dip and the ball flicking the underside of the bar on its way into the net making it seem even better if that was possible. Victory was assured and the Anchors saw out the game to reach the 3rd Round of the FA Vase for the very first time. Great resilience and refusal to lie down added to pure technical quality will take you a long way in any game, Man of the Match Max Craggs although a special mention for Nathan Mulligans influence on the game when he came on. FT Stockton Town 4 v 2 Bootle 

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Owens Top Quality strike seals the 3 points


Stockton visited Newton Aycliffe tonight with only 1 place and 2 points separating the teams a close game was expected and it was a superb volleyed finish from 20 yards by Jamie Owens which put the Anchors back on the winning trail in a tough encounter. Stockton were frustrated at times in tonights game and should probably have won more comfortably. Aycliffe were competitive and had a couple of opportunities to steal a point but that would have been harsh on the Anchors. Stockton had much the better of the first half and had several chances, Jamie Poole heading straight at the keeper and then saw another effort come back off the bar, Aycliffes James Oliver made a brilliant last ditch tackle on Owens as he was about to shoot when clear through. Second half saw Newton Aycliffe play a more open game and although Jordan dealt with everything efficiently the only scare came when they hit the post from a rebound. Sonni Coleman crashed a 25yd strike against the underside of  the bar on the hour mark and then on 72mins Stockton took the lead through Owens. Aycliffe upped the tempo to find an equaliser but Stocktons defence marshalled by skipper Coulthard and with the excellent Carter at right back did enough to deservedly take the spoils.

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Stockton suffer first defeat in 9

Stockton paid the penalty for a poor period in the first half and poor finishing in the second today at Bishop Auckland. Fred Woodhouse gave them the lead in 9 minutes as Stockton dominated the opening 15 minutes and should have been 2 up, but  Bishops equalised through Ryder on 14 mins and then a clumsy challenge conceded a penalty which Griffiths converted. Stockton’s defence looked a little nervous and Bishops continued to press scoring again on 35 when a mistake let in Johnson who’s cross/shot was tapped in by Ward at the far post. Second half against the wind Stockton did come into the game more. Bishops seemed content to sit back and try to catch Stockton on the break. The introduction of Jamie Owens and a formation change saw Stockton pressurise the Bishops goal for the final 25 minutes, good chances for Owens, Coleman and Cossavella along with several other scrambles and near misses could have brought a different result. Arthur saved a Bishops penalty with 10 minutes to go and although a disappointing result, the performance was good again and hopefully another winning run can start with the next game.

Full Time Bishop Auckland 3 v 1 Stockton Town