✔525 Stockton Town's New 3G Ground

Horden CW 0-6 Stockton Town
Wearside League
Friday 6th May 2016

I initially visited Stockton Town at Bishopton Road West in their first season in the Wearside League in September 2010, as part of my Wearside League Wanderings series. They finished 10th in their debut season following by a 3rd place in 2011-12. Since then the club have dominated the league,  finished champions this season for the fourth year running and also winning the grand slam of league, Shipowners Charity Cup, Monkwearmouth Charity Cup, League Cup last season.

New 3G ground( yet to be named)
Bishopton Road West
TS19 0QD

English Non-League grounds visited 259

Stockton Town applied for promotion to the Northern League last year, but despite clinching a hat-trick of league titles, their promotion application was withdrawn due to legal matters with the ground. However the club were successful in their ground grading inspection earlier last month, with a new 3G pitch, standing enclosure, floodlights and handsome team dugouts already in place at the opposite side of the complex from their old pitch. The development will also include new changing rooms, 120 capacity stand, hospitality and toilet facilities, which will be added over the forthcoming months.

Although this is Stockton’s first match at their new ground, this Wearside League match was classed as an away fixture, due to Horton CW’s current situation with their ground, having to play all their matches away from Welfare Park. 
Also the game was moved to Friday night so the Stockton players could go to the big promotion clash at Boro on Saturday lunch time.

The Gadabout
33 miles door-to-door
A1/A177 going, A19 coming back

At the game caught up with Lee Stewart, who had trousered me a rare programme and also spoke to  Paul Johnson (Squad #121) and the man that never has a quite night in - Peter Ford (AF 25)

Horden CW (5th) v Stockton Town(1st)
Wearside League Matchday 36/34
Kick Off 7.30pm
Admission £3
Programme £1

0-1 (27’) Stephen Roberts
Square ball from the right knocked in from close range.
0-2 (29’) Chris Dunwell
Free header from eight yards wrong footed ‘keeper.
0-3 (61’) Tony Johnson
The two subs linked up with a low cross by Priestley from the right poked home from six yards
0-4 (67’) Kallum Hannah(penalty)
Trip on Johnson in the box. Penalty comfortably converted.
0-5 (77’) Chris Stockton 
Defensive error seized on by the number 11, who curled a neat effort into the far corner.
0-6 Tony Johnson  (85’) 
Well timed run to stay onside, one-on-one with ‘keeper produced a confident finish.

Entertainment 7/10
Top Bloke - Chris Stockton(Stockton Town)

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