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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.

Marske Utd Game Postponed

Our scheduled fixture away at local rivals Marske Utd next Tuesday evening 12th December has been postponed due to Marske’s commitments in the North Riding Senior Cup.

We will advise further once we have been informed of the new date.


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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Featured Game: Stockton Town Yellows U15 v Thornaby U15 (19/11/2017)

Stockton Town Yellows U15 v Thornaby U15

12:00 Robert Atkinson Centre 18/11/2017

Stockton: Hoyland, Scott, Wild, Lawson, Bailey, Chapman, Pearson, Dalkin (J. Hollifield), Basham, Webb, Floyd

After a run of poor results had put a dent in Stockton’s potential title challenge they travelled to a Thornaby side boasting a 100% record in the league, winning 5 out of 5, and harbouring real title hopes.

Stockton, without the missing Ben Hollifield and Taylor Kitching were dealt a further blow on the morning of the game when midfield playmaker Charlie Tinkler was ruled out through illness.

The early exchanges were very tight with no quarter asked or given from either side. Stockton gradually came to terms with the physical nature of the game and aided by a subtle of change shape begun to control the game. The change allowed James Webb to play through the middle alongside the ever-impressive Elliot Floyd. This freed up Gareth Basham and the three combined to great effect to create a golden chance. A quick one two between the strikers and the ball was set back to Basham breaking from midfield and his through ball was perfectly executed for Floyd to delicately dink over the onrushing goalie, only to be denied by a great piece of defending clearing the ball off the line. Without a Russian linesman to clarify matters Stockton were left denied.

Stockton continued to create chances with Floyd and Adam Dalkin both denied by the athletic Thornaby goalkeeper. Stockton were left to rue the missed chances when the ball was given away cheaply in midfield and Thornaby turned the game around very quickly. The ball was worked out to the left and the previously impregnable back line were caught outnumbered at the back post and Thornaby took the lead.

In typical Stockton fashion, this set back threatened to derail the team completely and in a game that they had dominated should have been 2 down almost immediately when from the kick off the ball was played backwards and amongst the confusion the ball the ball was twice gifted to Thornaby attackers but they failed to capitalise. Stockton rallied from this and further dominated the rest of the half but could not break down a very strong, durable and organised Thornaby team.

The second half started much the same as the first with Lawson and Wild coping with the direct approach of Thornaby and Pearson and Chapman controlling and dictating the pattern of midfield. Stockton made a change with J Hollifield replacing Dalkin whose busy, tidy play had caused Thornaby problems. This change pushed the pacy Luke Scott further up the pitch and resulted in Stockton’s equaliser with 20 left to play. An Alonso-esque diag from Wild, over the left backs head set Scott away. The ball was played inside to Webb who sidestepped the centre half only to be denied by the keeper, the ball was worked back into the area and with forwards queuing Webb made no mistake the second time around and drilled home low into the corner to equalise.

This prompted another surge of energy from the home side. Stockton were not to be denied though and with 15 left they won a free kick wide on the right-hand side which was masterfully delivered by Basham and Joshua Bailey arrived late into the box to power a header home.

This inevitably pushed the home side on but it was Stockton who still looked the most likely to add to the scoring with both Floyd and Webb wasteful when in great areas. Stockton were put under real pressure from a side reluctant to relinquish their perfect record. Joshua Bailey made a couple of fantastic blocks and the composed nature of Hoylands approach saw Stockton to a minute of victory. At this point Thornaby looked to have snatched an equaliser when a corner was met at the far post and looked destined for the top corner until Hoyland managed to get a hand to palm it away.

In such a fantastic all-round team performance it seems wrong to single anyone out but Stockton’s man of the match went to Bailey Chapman who played in a slightly unfamiliar deep-midfield role and did so expertly. In a tactically disciplined performance Bailey dug in to protect the defence against anything attempted through the middle, anything that went long resulted in Bailey dealing with the second ball with real class and his distribution was both flawless and positive helping the forwards to get on the ball in good areas quickly. Baileys partnership and understanding with Finlay Pearson meant that despite being out numbered 3-2 in that area Stockton still managed to control possession.

Stockton 2 Thornaby 1

Round up

The under 7 blues edged a great encounter 5-3. In a strong performance they dominated the game but some great individual play for the opposition kept the game tight. James Hannah, Spencer Allan, A.J. Ngunga and a brace from Ben Gayle’s saw Stockton over the line.

The Under 7 yellows made it a double for the age group. In a dominant performance goals from Charlie Allan, Freddie Moore and Jack Johnson sealed the 3 points but the most pleasing aspect of this game for the management team was the clean sheet. Well done boys.

The under 12 Blues had to be at their best to beat come out on top against a physical and aggressive Thornaby side. The team kept their composure and eventually ran out comfortable winners with goals from Josh Barker (2), Tomasz Nowiki, Tommy Blackwell, Linden Garbut, Josh Turnbull and Bailey Bishop. Credit must go to the maturity shown by the boys who stuck to their footballing principles right throughout the game.

Under 8 Royals were on the wrong end of a 5-1 defeat to Darlington TSC. They were unlucky to come up against a goalkeeper in inspired form. Logan Ransom got the only goal for Stockton.

In an enthralling 3-3 draw with Seaton Carew Lions, Stockton Town Under 9 Blues showed great heart. In a game between two very strong sides, Stevie Cornwell and Ellis Chesworth (2) got Stockton’s rewards for an enterprising attack king performance.

Joel Lonsdale and Isaac Massey got 2 each and Harvey 1 as Stockton Town Under 11 Blues deservedly won 5-2 against Guisborough Town.

A fantastic attacking display of positive, flowing football direct from the training ground saw Stockton Town Under 13s win 10-1. The prolific Max Howells got 6, Olly Shaw overcame his recent injury to grab a trick and Joe Rae (yes that’s right JOE RAE!) got the goals.

An experiment in formation saw Stockton Town Under 11 Yellows lose 5-0 against Guisborough. The result was harsh on Stockton but reflective of both teams finishing.

Under 8 Blues won 4-2 against Wynyard Village. Wynyard took the lead but Stockton’s work ethic and passing principles were enough for them to turn the game around.

Stockton Town Under 8 Yellows suffered their first loss of the season in a 7-2 reversal. Stockton struggled physically and made costly mistakes but that should not take away from a very good opposing side. Lewis Davison and Jayden Ions on the mark for Stockton.


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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