Stockton Town manager Michael Dunwell thought his side looked “a lot more solid” than in recent weeks in their 1-0 win against Sunderland RCA in the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup.


A first half own-goal from Ross McNab proved decisive for Stockton who progress to the Quarter-Finals.


Dunwell said: “I’m really pleased. I thought it was a good 1-0 ground out result, something that we needed, we hadn’t had a clean sheet for a while.


“I thought the lads dug in and they deserved the win. Josh Moody’s pulled off some good saves in the second half, but we had a few breakaways where we could have scored as well so I think overall, we deserved it.


“To keep a clean sheet was very pleasing, we hadn’t had one in a while, we looked a lot more solid than we have done in recent weeks.


“We always say keep the cup runs going. The Vase has gone now, we can put that back in our distant memory and we carry on with the league and the cups and we want to hopefully get to a final this year.


“We were close last year in the League Cup, we got to the semi-finals. Hopefully we can go one better this year.


“We’ve just got to keep going, we want to win as many games as we can. We’ve got a good run of games in the league, hopefully we can put a run together and maybe get in the top four, top five, improve on last season and like I said, get to a final in one of the cups.”


Stockton are back in cup action next week, with a Durham Challenge Cup tie against National League North side Darlington. Dunwell added: “We’re confident of winning any games of football between two sets of 11 players, anyone can win, so we’re confident of beating Darlington next week.”