Tow Law Town v Stockton Town FC
Stockton Town were made to pay, for not scoring a second goal at Tow Law in our inaugural away Northern League fixture. Stockton dominated the first half and were good value for their half time lead.
Stephen Roberts put Stockton ahead after 15 minutes, when the ball eventually landed at his feet after a goalmouth scramble, finding himself unmarked Stav swivelled to fire the ball past Jack Patton the Tow Law goalkeeper from close range.
Going in 1 nil up at half time Stockton looked comfortable but the second half turned out differently. Within 10 seconds of the kick off Stockton conceded a cheap free kick in their own half and Tow Law's forward somehow found Liam Jordan in Stockton's goal with his effort when it looked easier to score.
Despite having the best chances Stockton couldn’t find a second goal, Kallum Hannah tried a overhead kick that was mistimed, Fred Woodhouse fired straight at Patton when he was one on one with the keeper, Chris Stockton fired a low shot across the face of goal and just wide of the post, Matthew Garbutt tried to lob the keeper but the ball went over the bar and Kallum Hannah fired a 25 yard effort narrowly wide.
With 15 minutes to go Tow Law had hardly troubled the Stockton goal, but after they won a free kick just outside the area, Matthew Soulsby fired towards goal and Liam Jordan tipped the ball over the bar. This inspired Tow Law and from the resulting corner, Stockton struggled to clear the ball, with Matthew Garbutt eventually putting the ball out for another corner. This resulted in the Tow Law equaliser, Lee Blades sent the corner into the box for Kevin Dixon to head the ball into the net off the underside of the bar.
After this goal Tow Law seemed to be happy with the draw and Stockton just couldn't regain the momentum to go and win the game.
F-T Tow Law 1 Stockton Town 1
Kevin Dixon 76 Stephen Roberts 15