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MATCH PREVIEW | Stockton Town v Bootle


COMPETITION: FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round

DATE: Saturday 23rd September, 2023

KICK-OFF: 19:45

ENTRY: £9 Adult, £7 Concession, £3 Child (tickets available online or at the gate)

GROUND: MAP Group UK Stadium, Bishopton Road West, Stockton-On-Tees, TS19 0QD

LIVE UPDATES: @stockton_townfc – Twitter

Stockton Town continue their FA Trophy campaign this Saturday when they welcome Bootle to the MAP Group UK Stadium. 

The Anchors overcame Pontefract Collieries in the last round with a 3-1 win victory where they played the majority of the game with ten men.

Pontefract returned the favour last Saturday by inflicting a 2-0 defeat on Stockton.

This is only Stockton’s second time at this stage of the competition. Exactly a year ago they were beaten 3-1 at Hebburn Town to exit last season’s edition.


This is the second meeting between the two clubs. They last met in the FA Vase back in 2017:

11 Nov 2017- Stockton Town 4-2 Bootle- FA Vase Second Round


Stockton Town: L W L W W 

Last Game: Pontefract Collieries 2-0 Stockton Town

Bootle: L W W W D

Last Game: Bootle 1-2 Vauxhall Motors 


Bootle were promoted to Step Four at the same time at Stockton Town and have finished 7th and 13th in their opening two campaigns.

They are under the management of Dave McNabb who was appointed back in March. He came to the Bucks with a real pedigree after guiding Warrington Rylands to successive promotions and an FA Vase victory at Wembley.

In the previous round they made short work of fellow North East side Consett by defeating them 6-2. Although they did have come down last week by losing 2-1 to Vauxhall Motors.

Bootle have competed in this competition on various occasions throughout the years. Their best performance came in 1980-81 when they reached the second round before they were knocked out by Carshalton Athletic in a replay.


Looking ahead to the game, Manager Dave McNabb said:

“It will be a really tough game but it’s a chance for a reaction.”


Looking ahead to the game, Manager Michael Dunwell said:

“We are at home and we have been good at home this season.

“We have had Bootle watched and we will get that report during the week. I know they had a good win in the last round by beating Consett 6-2.

“It’s going to be a tough test. We will played them a few years ago in the Vase and they have obviously done well because they are also the same level as us now.”

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