Michael Dunwell praises character in opening day draw

Manager Michael Dunwell believes his side showed ‘good character’ to rescue a point against Stocksbridge Park Steels. 

The Anchors twice came from behind in the game with Mikey Roberts equalising just before half time and debutant Michael Fowler scoring in stoppage time.

It had been almost two weeks since Stockton were last in action following the postponement of the final Pre-Season Friendly at Whitby Town.

“A fair result really, thought both teams were sloppy at times with many stray passes. No excuses but we haven’t played for 2 weeks due to cancellations and looked a little rusty.

“But we showed good character to come back and nearly nicked it. There is plenty to improve on though.”

Dunwell handed three players their debuts with Niall Frampton given the start in goal, loanee Jonny Haase and the aforementioned Fowler led the line.

He also brought on striker Michael Sweet in the second half for his debut.

Commenting on the debutants, Dunwell said: “Michael Fowler was excellent and topped his performance off with a fantastic goal.

“Niall was also really good in goal and made an exceptional save in the first half. I was really pleased with him.

“Jonny Haase also had a good debut steady throughout and put in a solid performance.

“Michael Sweet came in for last half hour and nearly nicked it with his header at the end so really positive signs from all four.”

Attention now turns to Tuesday night’s game at Hebburn Town, the Hornets started their season with a bang by defeating Grantham Town 4-0 on the road.

Amar Purewal bagged a brace, while Aidan Heywood scored on his debut with the club.

Looking ahead, Dunwell said: “Hebburn always a tough place to go and they will be confident after their win today. If we are better with ball and keep it better we know we will create chances there.

“It should be another tough close game”



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