There was a controversial finale as Stockton came from 2 down to level with virtually the last kick of the game – with West incensed at an offside call that never came.
With the ball played forward, Nathan Mulligan stood seemingly several yards offside both when the ball was played and when he received it. However, the referee deemed a flick off a defenders head played the midfielder onside and he squared for Jamie Owens to level.
Just as frustrating was the fact West were in command with a 2 goal advantage. The lead came in the 38th minute from Adam Mitchell, when his free kick deflected off the wall and wrong footed the keeper.
West’s advantage was doubled in the 56th minute when Nathan Fisher’s effort was saved and Amar Purewal slid in to turn in the rebound.
The lead was comfortable until West caused their own downfall. Stockton got in behind the back line and Adam McHugh brought down the attacker. From the spot, Nathan Mulligan converted. Worse followed when keeper McHugh was shown a straight red for dissent and with no sub keeper available, goal scorer Purewal donned the gloves. He made a couple of saves but was powerless to stop the injury time equaliser as West were left to rue 3 points that slipped from their grasp.
Team: McHugh, Parker, Richardson, Colquhoun, Galpin, Mitchell, Bell (Holden 90′), McKeown, Fisher (Wood 90′), Purewal, Wearmouth (Morris 58′)
Subs Not Used: Cobain, Connor
Goals: Mitchell (38′), Purewal (56′)