Stockton Town’s dream of a return to Wembley ended in disappointing fashion at the hands of Northern League rivals Hebburn Town at the Coverall Stadium.
The visitors led 5-0 at one stage and a late rally from The Anchors gave the scoreline an element of respectability even if it did come to late to impact on the result.
A hat-trick from Ben Dibb-Fuller, which included a stunning strike from range to open the scoring, was accompanied by goals from Michael Richardson and captain Louis Storey as Hebburn build their lead.
At times, Stockton enjoyed long periods of possession. A prolonged spell of pressure at the start of the second half failed to produce a goal and The Anchors were punished for lapses in possession as the game went beyond them.
Michael Dunwell’s men showed their character to keep chasing what had become a lost cause and three late goals,one from Pete Bulmer and two from Fred Woodhouse that gave the midfielder the gloss to a personal performance which had been outstanding all afternoon.
There will be no fairytale for Stockton this year but all eyes now return to progress in the league and another’s home game at the Coverall Stadium this Saturday.
Thank you to our match sponsors MKM Building Supplies.