The teams observed a minutes silence today in the memory of Hartlepool Youth under 15’s player Rhys Hewitt who tragically lost his life this week. Our thoughts go out to all his family, friends and team mates.
A local derby for the under 16’s this week against Thornaby, a fixture which is always hottly contested. Stockton started the game at a high tempo determined to dictate the pace of the game. This paid off when Will Mackie whipped in a cross which was miskicked by the away defender and fell to Dylon Marshall who fired home against his former team. Stockton kept the pressure up and had chances with Jack Lacy and Will Mackie both going close. The home side had the bit between their teeth and went further ahead when Marshall played a lovely ball to Jack Lacy who cooly nut-megged the keeper to double the advantage. The under 16’s were forcing the game with more good work from Will Mackie whose cross narrowly evaded the head of Dylon Marshall. Stockton kept up the pressure and earned two corners in quick succession, the second of which saw Liam Small power a header just over the bar. Luke Hallatt came close to adding to the lead when he rattled a free kick against the cross bar. Just before the break a scramble in the Stockton box resulted in Thornaby pulling a goal back.
Half time: Stockton Town 2-1 Thornaby Fc
Stockton started the second half strongly and soon had a chance when Dylon Marshall raced clear but his shot was well saved by the away keeper. The home side were playing against the wind which made life difficult and allowed Thornaby to get a foothold in the game. Thornaby pressure paid off when a poor defensive clearance was punished to give them the equaliser. Stockton didn’t let their heads drop and might have regained the lead when Dylon Marshall and Jack Lacy fashioned a chance which was well saved. Thornaby might have taken the lead but Charlie Bradley in the Stockton goal was in fine form to snuff out the threat. As the game developed Ethan Gage in the Stockton midfield denied Thornaby any space winning tackle after tackle and allowing his team to play in the Thornaby half. A great move from Stockton saw Luke Hallatt play in Will Mackie who crossed for Dylon Marshall who saw his shot drift narrowly wide. Stockton had loads of chances and came close when Jack Massey gathered the ball before hitting a shot which forced a fine save from the away keeper. Stockton were not to be denied and forced the away side back and won a free kick 30 yards out. Up stepped Luke Hallatt to hit a swerving effort which gave the keeper no chance and nestled in the top corner to grab a goal worthy of winning any game.
Full time: Stockton Town Fc 3-2 Thornaby Fc
A great win for the lads in difficult conditions which made for a scrappy affair. They knuckled down to grind out the result and deserved to take all three points.
Man of the Match : Will Mackie