Cleethorpes Town FC v Stockton Town FC
Stockton Town were held to a goalless draw at Cleethorpes Town, as the race for the play-offs continue in the Northern Premier League East Division.
The hosts went close to taking the leas inside the opening stages when Scott Vernon’s effort was tipped onto the post by Callum Roberts.
The hosts created chances throughout the first-half, but Stockton’s defence stood strong throughout. Neither side managed a breakthrough as the Anchors recorded back-to-back clean-sheets for the third time this season.
Manager Michael Dunwell named an unchanged side for the game in North Lincolnshire, after holding title-chasers Liversedge last weekend.
It was the hosts that started the game on front foot, with C.Roberts coming to Stockton’s rescue after getting a finger tip onto Vernon’s shot, seeing the effort onto the post.
Mikey Roberts had the Anchors’ first effort of the game on 13 minutes. The forward latched onto Jamie Owens’ flick on and fired low at goal - testing Tom Jackson.
Vernon and Laurence McKay were both denied by Stockton’s C.Roberts before the half-hour mark as the hosts continued to make the most of conditions.
Despite having a chance in the opening stages of the second-half, through Owens, it wasn’t until the final 10 minutes when the visitors threatened to open the scoring.
Kev Hayes tested Jackson from range, while Liam Cooke was denied by a stunning save on 86 minutes. The game finished goalless and the points were shared in North Lincolnshire.
Stockton slipped down to fifth in the table despite picking up a point on the road, and host Ossett United next Saturday.
Cleethorpes Town: Jackson, Lowe, McKay, Shrimpton (Dickens, 80), Cooke, Middleton, Topliss, Flett, Vernon (McMenenmy, 74), Robertson, Lofts (Morrison, 67)
Subs Not Used: Smaller, Middleton
Stockton Town: C.Roberts; King, McWilliams, Portas, Nicholson, Coulthard, Hayes, Henry, Owens (Steel), Cooke, M.Roberts (A.Conway)
Subs Not Used: D.Mulligan, Franks, N.Mulligan
Referee: Majid Ali
Assistants: Louis Stamp and Matthew Maddison
Words: Andrew McDonnell
Photo: Harry Cook