The Anchors dropped 2 points at home today in a game where they created enough opportunities to be out of sight.

Michael Dunwell stuck with the same line up from the midweek mauling of Bishop Auckland and it looked like they were continuing where they left off as they carved out several chances in the first twenty minutes.

Dan McWilliams was involved in most of it and after just 2 minutes his little pass inside the box put Woodhouse in with the keeper to beat but he dragged it wide

Risbrough broke through onto Craggs pass and he shot into the side netting from a tight angle and then Jamie Owens beat the offside trap but didn’t realise how much time he had and shot wide all inside the first 12 minutes

The Anchors continued to dominate possession and a scramble in the goalmouth saw the ball eventually come to Owens who played a delicate little chip but unfortunately it clipped the bar and fell to safety

McWilliams was excellent today

The Anchors lost their way a little for ten minutes but burst back into the game when McWilliams powered forward and as the defender closed him down he laid it to Woodhouse who’s curling shot was pushed away acrobatically by Bannon

Finally the Anchors went in front through OWENS on 29 minutes finishing from close range after McWilliams ball into the box had clipped a player and fell into the danger area 1-0

Owens puts Stockton into the lead.

The expected onslaught didn’t materialise though as Stockton huffed and puffed their way to half time. Seaham had enjoyed some possession mainly through target man Dan Wilson but hadn’t had a real chance or shot on target in the first 45 HT 1-0

The second period saw Red Star step up and push for a goal Dan Wilson was causing problems with his strength holding the ball up and bringing players into the game and they created a couple of half chances to keep the Stockton defenders on their toes.

A flurry of chances half way through the half saw a Risbrough shot saved by Bannon. Then at the other end Dan Wilson slipped past the Stockton defence and brought a brilliant reflex save from Roberts who followed up to grab the rebound at the feet of Richardson

Roberts with another terrific stop

Then on 66 minutes a great move down the right saw Lewis Kings measured cross met by Craggs downward header but it was pushed away by Bannon.

Seaham’s keeper was in the action again tipping Risbroughs shot onto the post and out for a corner as Stockton searched to kill the game off

But Seaham were knocking on the door and eventually it opened, Taylor Richardson finished well to make it 1-1 and earn a point for the Red Star. Dan Wilson almost won it for them in injury time but missed the target when in a good position. FT 1-1

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Points dropped you have to say at home to the League’s bottom side, however well they did in the second half. The game surprisingly was quite open and suited the Anchors expansive style, but the amount of missed opportunities today and in recent games, Wednesday aside, is a concern. Seaham deserved something just for their second half effort but it should have been just a consolation in reality. Dan McWilliams was excellent again and got the sponsors MoM.

A huge Vase game to come next weekend and a rare free midweek to prepare for it.

Stockton Town: C Roberts, King, McWilliams, Portas, Nicholson(c), Coulthard, Bulmer (Hayes 61′), Craggs, Woodhouse (Mulligan 71′) , Owens, Risbrough.

Subs not used: Robinson, Jackson, Roberts.

Goals: Owens 29′.

Seaham Red Star: Bannon, WilsonA, Hailes, Wade, Gillesphey(c), Hawkins, Dart, Henderson, WilsonD, Gardiner, Coulson.

Subs: Richardson, White, Lawson, Chilton, Steavens.

Goals: Richardson 80′.

Words: Lee Nicholson

Highlights: James Cartwright

Photos: Harry Cook/Ray Sharpe

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