BRIDLINGTON TOWN vs STOCKTON TOWN
Competition: The Pitching In Northern Premier League East Division
Date: Saturday 4th March, 2023
Entry: £8 Adult, £5 Concession, £4 12-17, Under-12 Free
Ground: The Hudgell Solicitors Stadium, Queensgate, Bridlington, YO16 7LN
Live Updates: @stockton_townfc
Stockton Town begin March with a trip to the coast to take on Bridlington Town.
Last week the Anchors were held at home by Grantham Town but the draw meant they extended their unbeaten run to six games.
Stockton had taken the lead through new loan signing Isaac Walker before Damien McCrory equalised from the penalty spot after Glen Butterworth had been sent off for bringing down Kieran Hayes.
It was the second straight 1-1 draw after Michael Dunwell’s men had come from a goal down to draw at Dunston UTS in a typically difficult fixture.
Stockton Town have met Bridlington Town four times with the first coming in the FA Vase back in 2019. Here are the results:
30th November 2019 – Bridlington Town 1-4 Stockton Town (AET) – FA Vase
24th August 2022 – Bridlington Town 1-3 Stockton Town – Northern Premier League East
9th April 2022 – Stockton Town 2-1 Bridlington Town – Northern Premier League East
22nd October 2022- Stockton Town 4-0 Bridlington Town- Northern Premier League East
Stockton Town: D D W D W
Last Game: Stockton Town 1-1 Grantham Town
Bridlington Town: W D W W L
Last Game: Brighouse Town 2-3 Bridlington Town
Bridlington Town have recently went through a management change after Mike Thompson resigned at the end of January. In to replace him is Adie Costello who had been assisting Thompson through the season.
During his first month in charge, Costello has won three won of his six games in charge. The first victory was a 4-2 triumph at Carlton Town, he then followed it up with a 4-0 win over Hall Road Rangers in the East Riding Senior Cup and finally last Saturday won 3-2 at Brighouse Town.
He is yet to taste victory on home soil with two draws in his two home fixtures- a 1-1 draw with Sheffield FC and 0-0 draw with Consett.
Those results have the Seasiders in 13th in the Northern Premier League East Division with 34 points from 28 games.
The player to look out for Bridlington Town is Lewis Dennison who netted a brace in the 3-2 win at Brighouse last Saturday.
Looking ahead to the fixture at Queensgate, Manager Michael Dunwell said:
“We said to the players that every team we play now has got something to play for. If you look at the league table, the top ten can all finish in the Play-Offs and the bottom ten can all still get sucked into that relegation zone.
“So every game is a big game and we can’t underestimate anybody. We have to approach every game exactly the same way and go to Bridlington and put in a good performance and a much more livelier performance than against Grantham.”