The Non-League Football Paper - - FA VASE QUARTER FINALS - By Kieran Archer

STOCK­TON’S dream run in the FA Vase con­tin­ues as they reached the semi-fi­nal in only their sec­ond sea­son in the com­pe­ti­tion.

First half goals from Fred Wine­house and Jamie Owens en­sured the Teessiders saw off their Hel­lenic League hosts.

Clubs from the North­ern League have won eight of the last nine FA Vase com­pe­ti­tions and they will be well rep­re­sented in this year’s semi-fi­nals with Stock­ton and Marske mak­ing up half the quota.

“We’re at the stage now where there’s only four teams left, so of course there’s dreams of Wem­b­ley. The lads are rel­ish­ing it,” beamed Stock­ton boss Michael Dun­well.

“Af­ter the first 20 min­utes, I thought we were com­fort­able. We had three or four chances be­fore we scored, but were a bit nervy. Once we got on the ball we got into it and the sec­ond goal killed them off.”

The An­chors had the first chance when Max Craggs put a header wide. Owens was the first to test ei­ther keeper when he was played through by Craggs, Hugo Sobte tip­ping his shot wide.

Wind­sor, with­out vet­eran striker Barry Hayles, could have taken the lead in the 10th minute. Jack Den­ton played in Ge­orge Gould whose shot was par­ried into the path of Paul Coyne. His close-range ef­fort forced Dale Mul­li­gan into a bril­liant goal-line clear­ance. The break­through came on 27 min­utes. Craggs de­liv­ered the ball to Tom Coulthard at the back post who headed across to Wine­house to tap-in on the edge of the six-yard box. The An­chors then cru­cially dou­bled their lead three min­utes from the break when James Ward found Owens who headed past Sobte. The first half had been endto-end, Stock­ton edg­ing the chances. In con­trast the sec­ond pe­riod was flat. Wind­sor looked to fight back and had a lot of pos­ses­sion, but failed to cre­ate clear-cut chances – Kieran Knight de­nied by Nathan Mul­li­gan’s chal­lenge. Man­ager Michael Wood­ham groaned: “It was a flat per­for­mance at times. “First-half we were sec­ond best, sec­ond half was bet­ter but we didn’t re­ally test their keeper.”

PIC­TURE: Shut­terPress

GIVE US A HUG! Jamie Owens, right, leads the cel­e­bra­tions af­ter dou­bling Stock­ton’s ad­van­tage

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