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MATCH PREVIEW | Stockton Town v Cleethorpes Town


COMPETITION: Northern Premier League East Division – Matchday 16

DATE: Saturday 2nd December, 2023

KICK-OFF: 15:00

ENTRY: £9 Adult, £7 Concession, £3 kids (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/X

Cleethorpes Town are the visitors to the MAP Group UK Stadium as the Anchors come into the month of December off the back of a perfect November, where Michael Dunwell’s side won all five of the games played during the month, scoring 18 goals in the process.

Last time out saw the Anchors pick up three points at Brighouse Town, winning 3-1 in West Yorkshire after a very good performance.

Michael Fowler opened the scoring before one either side of the interval from Kevin Hayes totalled his league goal tally up to 11 for the season. A late Myron Gibbons goal was nothing but a consolation and Stockton sealed their fifth win on the bounce.


Stockton and Cleethorpes have met five times since the Anchors’ promotion into the Northern Premier League East Division in 2021, with four in the league and one in the 2021/22 playoff semi-final. The Owls haven’t picked up a victory since the sides’ first meeting:

11 September 2021 – Stockton Town 2-3 Cleethorpes Town – Northern Premier League East Division

12 March 2022 – Cleethorpes Town 0-0 Stockton Town – Northern Premier League East Division

26 April 2022 – Cleethorpes Town 1-2 Stockton Town – Northern Premier League East Division Playoff Semi-Final

17 September 2022 – Stockton Town 1-0 Cleethorpes Town – Northern Premier League East Division

11 February 2023 – Cleethorpes Town 0-2 Stockton Town – Northern Premier League East Division


Stockton Town: W W W W W

Last Game: Brighouse Town 1-3 Stockton Town

Cleethorpes Town: L D L D W

Last Game: Stocksbridge Park Steels 2-0 Cleethorpes Town


The Owls have had a good start to life under joint managers Tim Lowe and Liam Dickens. Despite sitting 12th in the table, they have a couple of games in hand on the teams above them.

Cleethorpes are led by the ever-reliable forward Will Annan, who already has five goals to his name this season.

The Lincolnshire-based side also boast the second best defence in the league so far this season, with their 15 goals conceded only bettered by the Anchors on 13.

Words by Jordan Clarke.

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