MATCH PREVIEW | Ossett United v Stockton Town

OSSETT UNITED vs STOCKTON TOWN

COMPETITION: Northern Premier League East Division

DATE: Saturday 26th August, 2023

KICK-OFF: 3.00pm

ENTRY: £9.50 Adult, £6.50 Concession, £2.50 Under-16s

GROUND: Ingfield Stadium, Prospect Road, Ossett, WF5 9HL

LIVE UPDATES: @stockton_townfc

Stockton Town begin the Bank Holiday weekend with a trip to Ossett United.

The Anchors earned their first three points of the season on Wednesday night with a 2-0 win over Bridlington Town. They waited until just past the hour mark for the lead with Michael Fowler heading in from Kev Hayes’ cross. In stoppage time they wrapped up the win when substitute Elliott Beddow profited from another Hayes assist.

That win built on last Saturday’s triumph in the FA Cup. Despite falling behind, the Anchors came back to win the game in stoppage time through Hayes.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

This is the sixth meeting between the clubs.

21 Aug 2021: Stockton Town 1-0 Ossett United – Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

07 Sept 2021: Ossett United 2-1 Stockton Town – Northern Premier League East Division

19 Mar 2022: Stockton Town 4-0 Ossett United – Northern Premier League East Division

16 Aug 2022- Ossett United 0-3 Stockton Town- Northern Premier League East Division

07 Jan 2023- Stockton Town 1-1 Ossett United- Northern Premier League East Division

FORM GUIDE

Stockton Town: W W L D

Last Game: Stockton Town 2-0 Bridlington Town 

Ossett United: W W L L W 

Last Game: Ashington 0-1 Ossett United 

THE OPPOSITION

Ossett United are currently under the management of Grant Black who took charge of his first Pre-Season in the role since his appointment last October.

In the FA Cup they have negotiated their way to the First Qualifying Round with a 2-0 win over 1874 Northwich in Extra Preliminary round followed by a 2-0 win over Wythenshawe Town in the Preliminary Round.

In the league, like the Anchors, earned their first three points in midweek. That was an impressive 1-0 win at Ashington with new signing Kelan Swales, announced just before kick-off, scoring the only goal.

Before that they lost 3-1 at Sheffield FC and succumbed to a 4-2 home defeat to Dunston UTS.

PRE-MATCH QUOTES

Looking ahead to the game, Manager Michael Dunwell said:

“Ossett will be a completely different game from tonight. They are a very physical and direct team from what we heard last night at Ashington. They throw bodies on the line to stop things and they keep going.

“I have just said to the players that we have been in this league three years now and we know that teams don’t give up. So we need to take our chances and manage the games well.”

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