HEBBURN TOWN vs STOCKTON TOWN
Competition: Durham Challenge Cup – First Round
Date: Tuesday 14 December, 2021
Entry: £7 Adult, £5 Concession, £2 Under-16s
Ground: The Green Energy Sports Ground, 5 South Dr, Hebburn NE31 1UN
Live Updates: @stockton_townfc
Stockton Town make the trip to South Tyneside for the second time in four days to take on Hebburn Town in the Durham Challenge Cup First Round.
The Anchors produced a dominant second half performance to thrash their hosts 4-1 in the Northern Premier League East Division on Saturday, with Kev Hayes scoring a double to move his goal tally to 10 for the season.
After Nathan Mulligan restored Stockton’s lead, midfielder Liam Cooke scored his first goal in Stockton colours midway through the second half, cutting inside from the right to finish low past Mark Foden.
Tuesday evening’s fixture represents the Anchors first game in the Durham Challenge Cup since losing 4-1 to Spennymoor Town in the semi-final of the 2019/20 season.
- Jamie Owens (98) needs two goals to hit a century of strikes for the Anchors
- Adam Nicholson (98) requires two goals to reach the 100 mark
- Mikey Roberts (49) is one goal away from 50 goals for the club
Stockton Town have faced Hebburn Town eight times in competitive fixtures, beating the Hornets five times, drawing twice and losing once. Here are the results from the last five meetings:
11 Dec 2021: Hebburn Town 1-4 Stockton Town – Northern Premier League East Division
18 Aug 2021: Stockton Town 2-1 Hebburn Town – Northern Premier League East Division
23 Nov 2019: Stockton Town 3-1 Hebburn Town – Northern League Division One
12 Jan 2019: Stockton Town 3-2 Hebburn Town – Northern League Division One
01 Dec 2018: Stockton Town 3-5 Hebburn Town – Buildbase FA Vase
Hebburn Town: L W L L L
Stockton Town: W W W D D
Following the Hornets’ 2-0 win over Cleethorpes Town, the South Tyneside club arrested a slide of four league losses in a row.
After their defeat to the Anchors on Saturday, Hebburn sit 14th in the Northern Premier League East Division, after 17 games.
Whereas Stockton withdrew from last season’s Durham Challenge Cup, Hebburn entered and began their campaign with a 10-2 thrashing of Washington FC.
A 2-0 win over Gateshead Rutherford followed before two national lockdowns enforced a winter hiatus of the competition.
The Challenge Cup returned in April and Hebburn suffered a shock 5-4 defeat to Birtley Town – after leading in the game.
Speaking after Saturday’s game, assistant manager JD Briggs previewed Tuesday’s game.
He said: “They’ll want to take one out of three, we’ll look to give some of the lads opportunity for 90 minutes who haven’t played.
“The competition gives us a chance with only a couple of days rest and we’re looking forward to it.”