MATCH PREVIEW | Stockton Town v Easington Colliery

COMPETITION: Durham FA Challenge Cup

DATE: Wednesday 12th October, 2022

KICK-OFF: 7.45pm

ENTRY: £5 Adult, £3 Concession, £1 Under-16

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

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Stockton Town take a break from league action for now as Michael Dunwell’s side play host to Northern League Division Two side Easington Colliery.
The Anchors come into this game after dropping their first points of the season in a tough game at Grantham, where Nathan Mulligan’s brilliant goal was enough to bring a point back to Teesside in a 1-1 draw, despite only 12 first team players being available.
Easington however, come into the game off the back of a brilliant 3-0 win against Northern League new boys Sunderland West End.
Stockton and Easington have faced off thirteen times in all competitions, however the two sides haven’t met each other since 2016. The Anchors have won six of those previous 13 meetings, drawing three and losing four.

Here are the results from the last five fixtures between the two clubs:

26 Dec 2016: Easington Colliery 1-5 Stockton Town – Northern League Division Two

29 Aug 2016: Stockton Town 2-0 Easington Colliery – Northern League Division Two

9 May 2015: Easington Colliery 1-1 Stockton Town – Stockton win 3-2 on penalties – Wearside League Cup Final

29 Nov 2014: Stockton Town 5-1 Easington Colliery – Wearside League

27 Aug 2014: Easington Colliery 0-3 Stockton Town – Wearside League


Stockton Town: W W L W D

Last Game: Grantham Town 1-1 Stockton Town

Easington Colliery: L W L L W

Last Game: Easington Colliery 3-0 Sunderland West End


Easington currently sit 12th in the EBAC Northern League Division Two after a slow start to the season.

On Tuesday, the Colliers first team manager Lee Haldane had to step down from his role due to work commitments.

Despite their league position, Easington have had some strong results so far season, including a 5-2 win against Chester-Le-Street United and a 5-1 win against Ryton & Crawcrook Albion.


Speaking after the Anchors’ 1-1 draw at Grantham on Saturday, manager Michael Dunwell spoke ahead of the game and said:

“We want to do well in the cups, but we’ve got to look after our players for the league games.

“We should have at least three back on Wednesday, definitely Tom Portas, hopefully Elliott [Beddow] and Matty [Tymon].

“Night games under the lights are always good, we’ll see what Easington are about, I know they’re a few leagues below but they’re going to want to put up a performance against us.”

Words: Jordan Clarke

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