Stockton Town U18s impress in defeat

Stockton Town U18s impressed despite losing a very competitive match on Monday night in the FA Youth Cup second qualifying round, home clash against Spennymoor Town’s U18s

Both teams made bright starts with the visitors taking the lead just before the half hour mark. Ciaran Jackson managed to pry Stockton’s defence open and fired in a close range effort to give Spennymoor Town U18s a 0-1 lead.

They managed to keep that lead at half time despite the Anchors’ Jack Lambert rattled the crossbar with a free kick, just minutes before the whistle blew to signal end of the first half.

The opening stages of the second half saw both teams create chances. Spennymoor Town’s Bailey Prudhce however capitalised on having space in midfield to whip up a spectacular long range goal to make it 0-2.

Stockton Town didn’t let that goal stop their efforts to make a comeback with several shots on goal. Their best effort came in the 86th minute when a corner was headed over the bar.

One of the brightest highlights from the second half has to be Joe Shipp, who made all sort of saves. His best moment however came in the 67th minute, when he came out to make a double save as Spennymoor broke on the counter attack from a Stockton Town corner.

Alas, it wasn’t to be as Stockton Town U18s exited the FA Youth Cup in their first ever attempt.