Stockton Town FC v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Stockton went into the game missing Adam Nicholson in the centre of defence and with a number of other changes due to niggling injuries.
Ryton & Crawcrook almost snatched all 3 points, in a game in which they only had a couple of shots, defending in numbers they thwarted everything Stockton could throw at them.
The first attack saw Ryton brake clear in the opening stages when Sam Moore found Edward Keenan who shot over Michael Arthur's bar, this was to be a very rare excursion up field, as they were happy to have 5 players on the line for corners, and often 8 players inside the penalty area.
Stockton soon became the dominant team and this resulted in several chances for Stockton to break the deadlock, the best of which fell to Chris Stockton which was saved by Ross Combe, Combe again came to the rescue from a Joe Carter shot, and Stephen Roberts shot over the bar in a goalless first half.
The second half continued in the same vane, with two goalmouth scrambles in quick succession that resulted in two clearances off the line, both times Stockton players fired shots at goal that bounced off Gavin Cox and then Joshua Holland who both managed to stop the ball going over the line.
Sonni Coleman was the next Stockton player to be thwarted when his right footed effort had Combe going full length to tip around the post.
It was certainly looking like a goalless draw until the 88th minute, when Holland raced down the wing,A harmless looking ball into the box saw Arthur fumble and the ball dropped at the feet of Keenan who fired into the empty net.
A second defeat in 4 days looked on the cards but justice was done in the 3rd minute of injury time when Kallum Hannah volleyed the ball in from 12 yards to secure a draw for Stockton.
Next up is another local derby when Thornaby FC visit us next Saturday 15th October.