The under 16’s were back in league action after last week’s Cup heroics. The lads were looking to get some points on the board against their bogey team and started the game strongly. Stockton worked hard in the midfield area with Luke Hallatt and Ethan Gage closing down the space and winning tackles. In defence Liam Small and Jack Daniel had to be at their best to keep the home attacking line at bay. Stockton took the lead when Jacob Selby played a lovely cushioned ball out to the left wing where Sam Dawson was on hand to whip a ball into the box and Jack Lacy got across the front of the defender to steer the ball home. The home side almost got back on level terms straight away but Charlie Bradley in the Stockton goal stood firm to snuff out the threat. Stockton went close when Luke Hallatt stroked the ball to Sam Dawson on the left who picked out Will Mackie at the back post but his effort went just past the post. Ethan Gage played in Sam Dawson who was involved in a lot of the away sides’s attacks and set up Dylon Marshall for another chance which was well saved. The game was a tight affair with both sides willing to put a foot in to deny their opponents space. Just before half time Stockton were awarded a free kick near the half way line. Up stepped Luke Hallatt to fire the ball goalwards which evaded everyone and nestled in the back of the net.
Half Time: Newton Aycliffe 0-2 Stockton Town
Stockton started the second half in the ascendency and might have gone further in front when Dylon Marshall was free in the box only to see the ball take a wicked bobble and clear the bar off his shin. Marshall worked his socks off all game long running the home defence ragged. Stockton added to the lead when Luke Hallatt played a one-two with Jack Massey before driving the ball into the box where Jack Lacy produced a fancy flick for a spectacular finish. Stockton were at it straight from the kick off and killed the game when Luke Hallatt played in Dylon Marshall who had his attempt well saved but Will Mackie was on hand to hammer the ball home. To their credit the home side kept going until the final whistle and had a couple of chances late on but Charlie Bradley did well and was determined to keep the clean sheet.
Full Time: Newton Aycliffe 0-4 Stockton Town
A great performance from the lads who kept up the good work of previous weeks to record their first league win. The lads all did well and proved too strong for their opposition.
Man of the Match: Will Mackie