Another stunning Max Craggs free kick sealed a 3–1 win for the Anchors who just about deserved the result in an entertaining game at a bitterly cold Bishopton Rd. Stockton turned in an excellent second half attacking performance but Ryhope had their chances to make it tight.
Ryhope started the better but after Dale Mulligan brought a brilliant reaction save from Ball OWENS slotted home the rebound after 10 minutes. Ryhope brought two great saves out of Jordan and Jamie Owens went close with a header. Second half saw Stockton take a little more control of the game and the introduction of Risbrough proved crucial as he crossed to HAYES who finished to make it 2-0 on 67mins Ryhope were denied twice by Liam Jordan but finally got back in the game on 72 mins through WIERS. A nervy last 10 minutes was avoided when CRAGGS on 81 delivered, another dipping swerving powerful free kick which Ryhope keeper Ball could only watch ping back out of his net. Ryhope lost Lays to a soft Red card for a last man offence but they weren’t getting back into this match. Full Time 3-1
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