Stockton Town FC v Grimsby Borough
Stockton Town produced an excellent second half display to get past Grimsby Borough.
Following a goalless first half, goals from Kev Hayes, Mikey Roberts and Glen Butterworth secured all three points for the Anchors.
Manager Michael Dunwell named one change from the side that beat Ashington 4-1 last Saturday. Kev Hayes came in for the absent Elliott Beddow.
Inside the opening minute, Grimsby Borough almost had the lead when Edwin Essel was played in but Callum Roberts was sharp to make the save.
Stockton were forced into a first half change when Stephen Thompson went down with an injury, Shane Henry came on to make his third appearance in the week
Stockton’s best chances came in the half when Thompson forced Higton into a save from range and Sweet sent a half-volley just over the bar.
Early in the second half, Stockton had the opener when a ball from the left went all the way to Hayes who tucked it beyond Higton.
Stockton gained confidence from that goal and continued to come forward with promise each time. Hayes cut inside into the box and dragged an effort just wide.
They got a second shortly after the hour mark when neat work ended with Painter laying it off for Mikey Roberts to convert.
The Anchors extended their lead to three goals in the 78th minute when another neat move ended with Butterworth converting inside the six-yard box.
Minutes later Butterworth thought he had a brace when the ball was in the net but unfortunately he was offside.
By the end, Stockton were simply passing around waiting for the whistle to sound. It was the evidence of what a comfortable second half it had been.