Stockton travelled to Tibs looking to avenge a 5-2 home defeat. The away side were up for the game which was a must win for Tibs to have any chance of gaining promotion. Stockton started well with James Mahoney and Jacob Selby marshalling the defence which looked rock solid all day. Charlie Bradley in the Stockton goal was on top form and never looked troubled. It was Stockton who had the first chance when good play on the right between Jack Massey and Bob Laud put Will Mackie clear to shoot, only to see the Tibs defence block the shot on the line. Jack Lacy and Jack Daniel were giving the Tibs lads no space and broke up play well with their tackling and workrate. Jack (sicknote) Lacy put himself on the line contesting a 50/50 in the centre circle which resulted in both players leaving the field. Both sides played some nice football in the very cold windy conditions and Tibs could have scored but found Charlie Bradley alert to the danger in the Stockton goal.
Half time: Tibs Fc 0-0 Stockton Town
Stockton started the second half with the same level of committment and Cameron Christie battled well in midfield to send Will Mackie clear who saw his shot parried away by the keeper. Josh Brown, playing on the left side of midfield stepped up to the mark and cut out the supply for Tibs forwards who were restricted to long range shots for most of the second half. When Tibs did get clear Jack Harkin used his pace to clean up at the back. Elliott Porteous playing up front gave the centre half a good workout and also held the ball up well to relieve any pressure on the away backline. Bob Laud on the right side worked hard all game long and managed to put Will Mackie clear again but the keeper closed down the space to block. Elliot Parry replaced Josh Brown on the left and almost made an immediate impact when he went down the wing and cut inside to curl his shot which hit the inside of the post and was hacked away to safety. Tom McCaffrey replaced Porteous up front and his energy and never say die attitude caused the home defence no end of problems. It was McCaffrey who had Stockton's next chance when he won the ball and took the quick shot which was grabbed by the keeper as it was heading for the top corner. Stockton continued to push forward all the way to the final whistle but couldn't break the deadlock and had to settle for a well deserved point.
Full time : Tibs Fc 0-0 Stockton Town
Stockton completed the season with their heads held high. The lads have gone about their work all season with great attitude and togetherness. It has been a pleasure to watch the lads and look forward to see them progress further next season. We have given every team a hard match and I am sure that everyone will agree that they have done themselves and Stockton Town Fc proud.
It has been a pleasure to report on the games and would just like to point out that everyone got a mention today apart from Adam Beaumont who we hope to see back fit and well very soon.
Man of the match : Charlie Bradley, Jack Massey, James Mahoney, Jacob Selby, Jack Harkin, Jack Daniel, Jack Lacy, Josh Brown, Bob Laud, Elliott Porteous, Will Mackie, Tom Mccaffrey, Elliot Parry, Cameron Christie .