STOCKTON TOWN VS DUNSTON UTS
COMPETITION: Northern Premier League East Division
DATE: Saturday 21st October, 2023
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
LIVE COMMENTARY: Stockton Town v Dunston UTS (mixlr.com)
Stockton Town face a tough test against North East rivals Dunston UTS.
The Anchors are on a four-game winning streak after last Saturday’s 3-0 win over Grimsby Borough. It was the third game in a row in which all the goals came in the second half.
Kev Hayes opened the scoring for his third in a week, Mikey Roberts continued his good form with the second and Glen Butterworth netted his second of the season.
Stockton will be boosted by the return of Michael Fowler who is ready to face his former side.
Stockton Town and Dunston UTS have met ten times in all competitions.
Here are the results from the previous five matchups:
15th September 2021 – Stockton Town 3-0 Dunston – Northern Premier League East
19th February 2022 – Dunston 2-1 Stockton Town – Northern Premier League East
15th October 2022 – Stockton Town 1-2 Dunston – Northern Premier League East
21st December 2022- Stockton Town 1-3 Dunston UTS- Durham Challenge Cup Quarter-Final
18th February 2023- Dunston UTS 1-1 Stockton Town- Northern Premier League East
Stockton Town: W W W W L
Last Game: Stockton Town 3-0 Grimsby Borough
Dunston UTS: L L D W W
Last Game: Dunston UTS 2-3 North Ferriby
Dunston are currently in their first season with Jon McDonald at the helm. He was previously the assistant manager under Chris Swailes before stepping into the role of manager.
They sit 7th and are just one point off the Play-Off places. Last time out they suffered a devastating 3-2 defeat to North Ferriby- a game in which they led twice.
Striker Dale Pearson is one to watch. The former Consett striker is known to Anchors fans as he has netted against Stockton in the past including in last season’s 1-1 draw.
Jack Maskell has also caught the eye. The forward has netted six goals in a seamless transition from playing Northern League Division Two football at Horden CW to the Northern Premier League.
VIEW FROM THE OPPOSITION
Looking ahead to the game, Manager Jon McDonald said:
“It’s going to be a really tough game. We know Stockton from playing against them numerous times on the 3G surface.
“To be honest it’s the type of game we want. A tough game to bounce back and get a reaction.”
Focusing on the task at hand, Manager Michael Dunwell said:
“It’s a derby. They are a big strong team but we are playing well.
“We wanted to improve our home form because that was a let down last year we conceded too many goals and lost too many games.
“In the league we are unbeaten at home and we want to continue that. We know it’s going to be a tough game as it always is against Dunston.”