MATCH PREVIEW | Stockton Town v Cleethorpes Town


COMPETITION: Northern Premier League East Division – Matchday 25

DATE: Saturday 10th February 2024

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


Stockton Town look to get back to winning ways as Cleethorpes Town make the visit to Teesside for the first meeting between the two sides this season.

The Anchors come into the game on the back of a 13-game unbeaten streak, but have drawn four games in a row, without scoring in the last three.

Last time out saw Stockton held to a point in a 0-0 draw against Pontefract Collieries which saw both defences hold strong all game long, not allowing many big opportunities at all.


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 D D D D

Last Game: Stockton Town 0-0 Pontefract Collieries

Cleethorpes Town: D L L W L

Last Game: Cleethorpes Town 1-2 North Ferriby


The Owls have had a good start to life under joint managers Tim Lowe and Liam Dickens. They currently sit in 11thplace and will be looking to make a late push for the playoffs.

Cleethorpes are led by the ever-reliable forward Will Annan, who already has six goals to his name this season, with strike-partner Brody Robertson always a dangerous option in front of goal too.

The Lincolnshire-based side also boast one of the best defences in the league so far this season, with their 30 goals conceded only bettered by the Anchors, Dunston and Pontefract Collieries so far this season.


Manager Michael Dunwell spoke on what the team needs to do better against Cleethorpes following last weekend’s goalless draw against Pontefract Collieries by saying:

“We’ve got to approach the game the same way, but when we get into the final third, we’ve got to be better and the people coming onto the ball have got to be better too when it’s coming back to them.”

Words by Jordan Clarke.

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