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Northallerton Retain Ernest Armstrong Trophy

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Northallerton Town won the Ebac Northern League’s Ernest Armstrong Trophy for the second successive season by beating Second Division rivals Stockton Town 7-6 on penalties after a goalless draw.

Northallerton manager Darren Trotter said: “The players listened and carried out the game plan and deserved to be in front at half time. I thought the missed chances would come back and hurt us.

“Stockton had a good go in the second half and our lads showed great character and resilience to keep them at arms’ length.

“Penalties are a lottery but again there was quality from both sides. It’s a great feeling to win, and hopefully that will inspire us to kick on next season in the league.”

Stockton manager Micky Dunwell said: “We can’t be too disappointed, because we’ve still had a great season”.

(Ray Simpson)

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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