Durham Challenge Cup, Preliminary Round
Stockton Town 8 Annfield Plain 0 (att 70)
Stockton Town are new entrants into the Northern League this season, and with their elevation they've moved into a new ground. It's got the same address as their old venue, but is an entirely separate all-weather pitch in a different part of a large complex that also includes Stockton's sixth form college.
A 3G pitch doesn't usually make for an interesting football ground, but Stockton's base isn't bad. There's hard standing around all four sides of the pitch, a small but useful covered standing area, and a tea bar serving hot drinks and snacks.
The old ground had grass surface, but in every other respect the new ground is a better place to watch football.
They're not bad on the pitch either, easily seeing off an Annfield Plain side who were Wearside League rivals last season. Both teams played some neat passing football, making the most of the smooth artificial surface, but Stockton were well on top from the off.
They netted five goals in the first half, and three more in the second, while the frame of goal saved Annfield Plain on several occasions. Credit to the visitors though, as they never stopped trying to play good football.