Michael Dunwell: We Wanted To Go Out And Enjoy Our Football

Stockton Town boss Michael Dunwell told stockontownfc.com that he was pleased with his side’s efficiency after they scored four without reply in yesterday’s defeat of Darlington Railway Athletic.

Midfielder Chris Dunwell fired the Anchors in front before Kallum Hannah doubled their lead from the penatly spot, but it was Owens who stole the show with two fine strikes either side of half-time.

“It was a good work out for us after the Spennymoor defeat,” he said.

“The lads’ fitness levels were really high and we went right until the end. Everyone got a decent amount of minutes under their belt.

“We said to forget about the defeat really, the Spennymoor game was about fitness and today we could get back to playing our normal football like we usually do.

“We wanted to go out and enjoy our football and score a few goals and get a clean sheet, which we did in the end.”

Dunwell also had praise for striker Owens after the forward netted twice against the EBAC Northern League Division Two side, also winning the penalty that lead to the third goal.

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The summer signing looked the part at Bishopton Road yesterday evening, and it was that sort of prowess in-front of goal that lead to Dunwell bringing the front-man to the club.

“That’s why we signed him!” Dunwell joked.

“We know he can score goals, and the second one was typical Jamie Owens where he shrugs the defender off and breaks free and scores.

“He probably could have had a hat-trick in the end! He showed some great touches, and that’s what we do expect of him.”

Despite a promising display from the Anchors, the evening was slightly marred by a nasty injury to Max Craggs who was stretched off just before half-time.

“It’s unfortunate; our physio couldn’t actually examine him because the swelling was so bad, so he’s gone to hospital for a scan so hopefully it’s not too bad.

“However, on early reports it’s not looking too good I’m afraid.”

Town head south to Lincolnshire to take on Bottesford Town on Saturday, and the gaffer is hoping to see a couple of bodies return to action in the away dugout.

“We’ll have Nathan Mulligan back for Saturday’s game at Bottesford so he can step in for Max, and we’re hoping to have maybe another one or two back too.

“It’ll be a good test for us for sure.”