On a hot and sunny day, both sides had players missing to holiday and work commitments but this did not prevent an entertaining game as both teams tried to attack but were thwarted by resolute defending.
The first real chance fell to Marske when a Dale Mulligan header, unmarked from a corner, was brilliantly kept out by Michael Arthur in Stockton’s goal with his defenders managing to scramble the loose ball away.
Stockton had the best chance of the first half and should have went in at the interval 1 up. A Matty Garbutt free kick was only half cleared and Chris Stockton on the far post couldn’t turn the ball into the net.
Into the second half and Stockton continued to have the best chances, with forward Chris Stockton at the heart of them. In the 63rd minute a fine move released him in the inside left channel, he rounded the keeper but could only find the side netting. A few minutes later and he met Joe Carters right wing cross and his diving header flew over the crossbar.
The best move of the game produced the only goal of the game after 68 minutes, Matthew Garbutt crossed the ball for Steven Roberts to knock the ball down, Chris Stockton was challenged as he attempted a strike but the loose ball fell for Kallum Hannah to fire the ball past the Marske keeper from 12 yards.
In the later stages Marske pushed for an equaliser but without forcing Michael Arthur in Stockton’s goal into further action due to some resolute defending.
Another good workout against a strong side, with a much improved performance from Wednesday’s night defeat.
Next up is Bishop Auckland on Wednesday evening, kick off 7 30pm and admission is;
Adult £2 / OAP £1 / Child £1 (Free if accompanied)