LONG EATON UNITED v STOCKTON TOWN
COMPETITION: Northern Premier League East Division
DATE: Saturday 28th January 2023
ENTRY: £9 Adult, £7 Concession, £3 Under 16s
GROUND: Grange Park, Long Eaton, NG10 2EF
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Stockton Town return to the road as they make their debut trip to Long Eaton.
The Anchors come into the game on the back of a tough defeat to Pontefract Collieries last Saturday. They had controlled the first half and led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Matty Tymon and Kevin Hayes.
The second half saw Pontefract come back through goals from Jack Vann, Gavin Rothery from the penalty spot and Jack Shepherd.
The game ended on a sour note for the Anchors when they reduced to ten men after Dale Mulligan was red carded for a high challenge.
Middlesbrough loanee Henry Popple was a positive aspect as he earned the ‘Zen Auto Supporter’s Player of the Match’ award on his debut between the sticks.
This is the second meeting between the two clubs. Long Eaton United won the reverse fixture.
2 December 2022- Stockton Town 1-2 Long Eaton United- Northern Premier League East Division
Stockton Town: L L D W L
Last Game: Stockton Town 2-3 Pontefract Collieries
Long Eaton United: L W D L W
Last Game: Worksop Town 7-1 Long Eaton United – Northern Premier League East
Long Eaton United, currently in their debut campaign in Step Four, are 12th with 27 points from 22 games.
Last time out they were humbled 7-1 by league leaders Worksop Town.
The game prior to that they picked up an impressive 3-0 win over Cleethorpes Town.
Jamie Walker scored a brace that day and netted in the defeat to Worksop to take his tally to double figures for the season- making him the club’s top scorer.
VIEW FROM THE OPPOSITION
Speaking after the defeat to Worksop Town, Manager Ian Deakin said:
“Moving onto Stockton I am going to keep faith with the players I have got in the squad and that are fit.
“We look forward to getting back on track and get three points on the board again.”
“We are looking forward to it, they’re a tough side and a good side- that’s why they are where they are in the league.”
Speaking ahead of the game, Manager Michael Dunwell said:
“It’s another tough game. They beat us here earlier in the season when we missed a penalty in the last minute.
“It’s going to be tough, we always say in this league every game is going to be tough and it’s even tougher when you’re not winning games.
“We’ll go there, we are going to work on things and we’ll have Adam (Nicholson) back We have just to go there and keep being positive.”