A third consecutive 0-0 draw for Stockton Town but a much better performance away at St Francis. The visitors started well playing some attacking football down both flanks putting immediate pressure on the home team. Pierre Cerisier was making some fine runs on the right wing and firing the ball into the box at every opportunity. Conner Rennison was trying his utmost to get on the end of crosses from both sides but clear cut chances were proving difficult to come by. As the half drew to a close Alex Greenhough took a corner from the left hand side which was cleared by the defence to the edge of the box. Sam Ruddock pounced on the loose ball and smashed it back towards goal but the keeper made a fantastic save to tip over.
The second half started in similar fashion with Stockton desperately trying to break the deadlock. St Francis were counter attacking but could find no way past the excellent Hugo Abrol and Connor Reney in defence. The away side continued to attack and after a great throughball from Greenhough, Rennison slid the ball past the keeper with his left foot only to see it drift agonisingly inches wide. A short time later he tried again but the ball rebounded off the post and along the line into the keepers hands. With moments to go it was Rennison who crossed in from the right to Ruddock who saw his glancing header whistle over the bar. Another frustrating morning in front of goal but an impressive all round display nonetheless. The second match was more convincing and notable for a superb contribution from Cameron Wrench in attack and Adam Dovaston in central midfield.
Stockton have been kindly offered some tuition in the art of finishing from legendary Boro Reserve Team player Andy Fletcher. Hopefully this will end the goal drought of recent weeks.