Middlesbrough are giving Stockton Town a helping hand as they bid for Wembley glory – in another sign the Championship club have formed stronger ties in non-league circles.

While Boro boss Tony Pulis concentrates his efforts on trying to lead his own team there next month via the play-offs in the push for a return to the Premier League, May is set to be a historic time for Stockton. The Ebac Northern League Division One team are looking to end the season on a high in the North-East before heading to Wembley – six days before the Championship play-off final – to face Thatcham Town in the Buildbase FA Vase final on May 20.

And The Northern Echo can reveal Boro will be doing what they can to help by lending them a couple of scouts in the run-up to enable the Anchors to run the rule over Thatcham.

Gary Gill, Boro’s head of senior recruitment, said: “One of our guys who works on recruitment is Pete Bulmer. He also plays for Marske United, who faced Stockton in the semi-final. That was where it all started, we got in touch with Marske through Pete.”

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