Depleted Slazenger were ultimately beaten by a three-goal second-half blast from Stockton in division 2 of the Northern Counties League.
The visitors started well and dominated the game for the majority of the first half. But the home side scored just before the break and the goal shook Slazenger’s confidence.
The second half was disappointing for Slazenger who struggled to contain the hosts’ swift, incisive breaks.
Man of the match Simon Chamberlain was outstanding in the visiting defence but he was powerless to prevent the three second-half strikes that put paid to any thoughts Slazenger had of a comeback.
Richard Whawell scored Slazenger’s consolation and there were also fine contributions from Mark Butel and Simon Kaye.
On Saturday, Slazenger entertain Newcastle University, 1.30pm start.