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Men's 3's - Marton Furness 4's (A) - 1-1

Date: Saturday 30th September 2023, 12:00


Goals: Ethan C

In an away fixture that tested the mettle of both teams, Stokesley Men's 3rd XI locked horns with Marton Furness 4th XI in what ended as a hard-fought 1-1 draw. The result may not have been a win, but it was Stokesley's most impressive display of the season thus far, leaving the team brimming with confidence and belief.

From the first whistle, the visitors from Stokesley showcased their competitive edge. After a well-coordinated series of passes, a swift counter-attack down the left flank, orchestrated by Oscar Shaw, saw Ethan burst into space and clinically finish to put Stokesley ahead. The moment epitomised the combination of pace and precision that Stokesley had come to the pitch with.

Just when it looked like Stokesley might extend their lead, Slade unleashed a shot that defied belief by hitting both posts and somehow staying out. It was a moment that left both teams and spectators alike in awe, serving as a pivotal point in a match teeming with opportunities.

The second half saw Marton Furness come back with renewed determination. A well-executed counter-press by the home side eventually bore fruit, leading to an equalising goal that levelled the scores. Undeterred, Stokesley continued to create goal-scoring chances, exploiting the evident pace and quality that ran deep within the squad.

As the minutes ticked away, another thunderous shot smacked the post, and several more opportunities went begging, keeping the scoreline stubbornly at 1-1. It was a day where the margin between victory and a draw seemed razor-thin, but what couldn't be measured was the fighting spirit that Stokesley displayed on the field.

Beyond the result, this fixture served as a yardstick for how far the team has come this season. With a blend of youth and experience, and a playing style that now exudes confidence, it’s clear that Stokesley's 3rd XI have sent a message to the rest of the league: underestimate them at your peril.

The match was a litany of positives for Stokesley, highlighted by hard work, gutsy play, and a tactical nous that suggests they can go toe-to-toe with any team in the division. With performances like this, it won't be long before they start turning these hard-earned draws into well-deserved wins.

Next game: Stockton 5's Home (Saturday 7th October 2023, 15:30 push back)

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