Brilliant Boldon into cup final after shock win over Stockton

Action from the semi-final as Boldon (black and white stripes) beat Stockton
Action from the semi-final as Boldon (black and white stripes) beat Stockton

Brilliant Boldon CA reached the Shipowners Charity Cup final after beating high-flying Stockton Town against all the odds.

Stockton went into the game as firm favourites, having won all four Wearside League trophies last season as well as being on course to repeat their clean sweep this term.

But goals from Adam Bell and James Pickering gave Paul Mossa’s side a shock, but deserved, victory.

Mossa said: “This was a great afternoon for all concerned at Boldon. Not only have we made final but did it against all the odds, beating the mighty Stockton Town.

“We played superb from start to finish, comfortably soaking up Stockton pressure when we needed to whilst easily creating the best chances.

“Many doubted us taking such a young Horsley Hill side, who played in the Durham Alliance last season, into a tough Wearside League but I kept saying throughout this season just how good we are.

“I have received a number of congratulations from local football people who I think appreciate just what we have done at Boldon this season.

“On a personal note I would like to thank the Boldon committee who have supported us throughout the season, Barry Roberts my assistant manager and the coaching staff, Tony Robinson, Michael Hutchinson and Seb Turner, who have worked tirelessly with the players all season.

“We have three league games left, then we can look forward to the final against Redcar on Friday, May 20.”

Boldon started the game on the front foot and raced into the lead with just four minutes on the clock.

A great ball into the box by captian Jack Lawton saw Alex Kempster first to react, before being brought down by a defender. Top scorer Bell stepped up to coolly slot home from the spot.

Boldon were bouyed by the early goal and continued to apply more pressure on the Stockton defence, playing some great football.

However the champions and cup holders, who look set to earn promotion to the Northern League at the end of the season, showed what they are made of by grabbing an equaliser when Chris Dunbar headed home at the back post from a corner.

However, Boldon refused to be intimidated and roared back into the lead.

David Conroy slotted the ball between Stockton’s centre half and full back where Bell controlled the ball on his chest before laying it into the path of the incoming Pickering who smashed past the Stockton keeper

Stockton started the second half desperately looking to equalise. However Boldon were well organised and looked dangerous on the counter attack, comfortably soaking up the pressure.

And they could have put the game out of reach in the last 10 minutes, twice squandering one-on-one situations.

However, they had enough left in the tank to see their way through to full-time.

Elsewhere, Harton and Westoe couldn’t stop Redcar from keeping up their slim title hopes with the Teessiders winning 7-0.

Michael Woodhouse hit a hat-trick, Sam Webster bagged a brace with Fraser McNab (og) and Chris Atkinson also beating Harton goalkeeper James Erwin.

And Jarrow slipped to a 3-0 home defeat against Cleator Moor Celtic.