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Kev Hayes nets stoppage time winner for huge Anchors win

Kevin Hayes scored a stoppage time winner as Stockton Town beat Cleethorpes Town.

The Anchors came into the game on the back of three consecutive goalless draws.

Cam Painter came into the team for Stephen Thompson.

Cleethorpes led inside six minutes when a stray ball was picked up by Josh Walker and he converted past Nathan Harker.

Stockton instantly levelled when a ball from Adam Nicholson was controlled by and deftly finished by Michael Fowler

Cleethorpes regained the lead when Stockton were caught out by a short corner and Alex Flett crossed for Walker who headed home to complete his brace.

The two teams went in level when Mikey Roberts struck home after Cleethorpes couldn’t clear their lines.

Half Time: Stockton Town 2-2 Cleethorpes Town

Just before the hour mark Stockton almost led but Josh Bagg’s effort was narrowly wide of the target.

Five minutes later Adam Nicholson had a header cleared off the line.

With less than ten minutes remaining Stockton had the lead for the first time when the ball dropped out for substitute Stephen Thompson to rifle home.

They almost doubled their advantage but Michael Sweet’s header struck the crossbar.

In stoppage time it seemed Cleethorpes had snatched a draw when Dan Gallimore scored.

There was to be one further twist when Hayes came into the box fired home a dramatic winner.

Stockton Town are back in action next Saturday when they travel to North Ferriby.

Full-Time: Stockton Town 4-3 Cleethorpes Town

Stockton Town: Harker, King, Baggs, Henry, Nicholson, Coulthard, Hayes, Butterworth, Fowler (Sweet 75) , Painter (Thompson 58′), Roberts (Portas 87)

Unused subs: Beddow, D.Mulligan

Cleethorpes Town: Richardson, P.Walker, Boyd, Kay, Middleton, Gallimore, Bateson, Flett, J.Walker, Robertson, Oglesby

Unused subs: Lowe, McKeown

Goals: 0-1, 6 min, J.Walker; 1-1, 7 min, Fowler; 1-2, 14 min, Walker; 2-2, 36 min, Roberts; 3-2, 82 min, Thompson; 3-3, 90 min, Gallimore; 4-3, 90 min, Hayes

Attendance: 547

Words: James Cartwright

Photo: Harry Cook



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