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Substitute Tickner scores on debut
Hythe and Dibden 2 Stockbridge 2.
What looks from the outside like an inspired substitution set Stockbridge up for a point on Saturday as they came back from 2-0 down at a resurgent Hythe and Dibden.
New signing Michael Tickner set the comeback running with a fine goal and Ben Kneller’s superb flicked header late on made it honours even.
“We were down to the bare bones on Saturday and we only had James Banks and Michael on the bench with seven or eight missing for various reasons.” said joint boss Terry Chapman.
Sean Stone gave the home side the lead early on from the penalty spot and Chapman admitted some of his players heads were down for a while. “We didn’t play for around 15 minutes and Adam Smith (deputising for the unavailable Dan Chapman) kept us in it with two good saves.”
When Ali Badock went off at the break with a knock Tickner was thrown on, having only played Sunday football recently, his previous Saturday football being at the likes of Romsey Town and Colden Common.
Stone then scored the goal of the game to put his side 2-0 up and things looked ominous for the side who began the day in third place.
“We had a good spell just before they scored but we began to play and Ben Kneller hit the post.
“I thought that once we got one we would go on and get a draw or even win it.” Chapman added.
“There was only one team in it after that.”
Tickner chased a ball over the defence and chested it down before shooting home then Stockbridge went for the kill and with Josh Harfield pushed up front Kneller’s glancing header from a cross with pace made it 2-2 with ten minutes left.
On Friday Stockbridge welcome back a number who were missing on Saturday including Dean Higgins, Daryl Phillips, Dan Chapman, Mel Rogers and Mike and Dave Barker for the visit of Andover New Street in the North Hants Senior Cup.