Stockton Town FC disappointingly lost out in a seven-goal thriller to Consett FC.
Half time saw the Anchors 3-0 down but a spirited second half display saw them stage an impressive fightback to only just miss out on a draw.
The first half was dominated by Consett with two chances going Stockton’s way in the 4th and 21st minute. With 30 minutes gone, the visitors drew first blood after a defensive wobble saw Calvin Smith put Consett 1-0 up.
Daniel Craggs then followed Smith up with another fortunate goal just four minutes later when Michael Sweet’s low cross got turned home.
Daniel Hawkins then made it 3-0 at half time to the Steelmen after heading in from a 38th minute corner.
With it all to do if they wanted a point or unlikely comeback win, Stockton came racing out of the blocks at start of second half after Chris Stockton latched onto a pass into clear space by Fred Woodhouse to make it 1-3.
Consett however found another goal just minutes later, when Sweet took advantage of a mistake at the back to put the Steelmen back into a three-goal lead on the 53rd minute.
The Anchors then fought back with a classic wonder goal by Jamie Owens in the 61st minute from 50 yards out. That made the score line 2-4 with just under 30 minutes to go.
Both teams then had chances to score before Owens stabbed home a pass in the 84th minute to set up an exciting finale.
Ultimately, lady luck wasn’t with Stockton Town as Consett held out to take a 4-3 victory despite having just six on target to the home side’s ten.