Dunwell praises Anchors after second place finish

Manager Michael Dunwell praised the adaptability of his side after yesterday’s results meant Stockton Town secured second place in the Northern Premier League East Division. 

Stockton Town went behind to Thomas Hipwell’s 10th minute opener before Dale Mulligan pulled them level seven minutes later.

The game ended in a draw but Hebburn Town’s 4-1 defeat at Stocksbridge Park Steels meant the Anchors secured second place.

Dunwell said: “Second place is a great achievement and an improvement on last season, especially with the injuries we’ve had this season.

“It’s testament to the players and coaching staff on how we’ve adapted throughout the season.”

The draw against Grimsby Borough means Stockton have gone five games unbeaten, they could have extended their win streak to five but results elsewhere meant that was not needed.

On the game, Dunwell said: “I was pleased with performance and result especially after we’ve secured second place.

“We Could have won the game but they were dangerous on the break and we defended really well at times.

“Knowing other results during the game probably changed the way we play second half and were happy with the point. It’s a great achievement and we now need to take our form into the Play-Offs.”

Stockton Town now face the trip to the Oldest Football Club in the world in Sheffield FC next Saturday in a somewhat relaxed fashion.

Earlier in the season they defeated ‘Club’ 6-0 at the Map Group UK Stadium.

Last season’s trip ended in a goalless draw on a midweek night, so this season’s visit will give an opportunity for more Anchors fans to attend.

Looking ahead, Dunwell said: “Next week’s game against Sheffield is an opportunity to rest a few players and give others minutes who haven’t featured as much in the last few games and get some match sharpness into them ready for the Play-Offs.

“We will still go there to win the game and finish the regular season on a high.”

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