Over the past couple of years, I have looked at visiting Redcar Athletic a few times. I’ve even contemplated it a couple of times this season, but decided against it knowing I would be going for this game. They hosted Gateshead Leam Rangers in a cup final at the back end of last season and I almost went to that, but it was another one I decided against. I think today was the first ever new ground I’ve done with Easington! And it means I’ve now recompleted the Northern League once again. This new ground today means I’ve now been to 161 grounds and it’s almost certainly my last new ground of 2018. Redcar’s ground is one that is quite typical of a team that have been promoted from the Wearside League. They’ve one small stand as you enter that has obviously been there for a quite a while, but the seated stand is a brand new pre-fab stand put in especially for their promotion. Most of the ground is hard standing apart from one bit down the far side. There is a nice bit of scenery from the ground though.
Colliers defeated at Redcar
Easington Colliery fell to a 3-1 defeat at Redcar Athletic in their last game before Christmas on Saturday afternoon.
Adam Preston’s strike put Redcar ahead inside three minutes, and the same man doubled Redcar’s lead with a 32nd minute penalty.
Lewis Green’s fine strike deservedly pulled one back for the Colliers before the break, but Gary Redman ensured Redcar of their win deep into second half injury time.
The result was very harsh on the Colliers who were the better team throughout.
Although they went into the break behind, the Colliers were the brighter side in the first half and could have had a few goals.
However, in truth, the second half was drab. The Colliers pushed throughout the second half, but created very little and Redcar’s third very late on secured their win.
After just 100 seconds, the Colliers were almost ahead. A fortunate bounce played Liam Adamson in and he dinked it over the ‘keeper. It looked a certain goal, but Redman got back and cleared off the line for Redcar.
And, that would prove vital as the hosts went up the other end and broke the deadlock. It came through another fortunate bounce. A ball through the middle looked to have been dealt with by Ryan Lincoln Barrow and Dan Martin, but Preston somehow came out with possession and he slotted past Kyle Donaldson to put Redcar ahead.
Still only in the fourth minute, the Colliers went agonisingly close once again. Jack Pounder’s good work ended with him pulling a ball back to Connor Short, but he side-footed narrowly over.
The game was only four minutes old, and the Colliers should have been one-two up!
In the seventh minute, Redcar’s Arthur Connelly’s effort was spilled by Donaldson, but a fine challenge from Jak Ashton prevented Lance Skelton latching onto the rebound.
Liam Cooke and Ashton then both had efforts come to nothing, while a couple of Easington corners were well caught by Will Lawrence.
Preston then dragged wide for Redcar, before the same man had a tame effort saved by Donaldson.
Halfway through the first half, Liam Cooke’s mazy run gave him an opportunity to shoot, but his effort drifted narrowly wide with the ‘keeper beaten.
Pounder then had a low free-kick saved, before Liam Cooke rounded the ‘keeper but couldn’t steer the ball towards goal.
It was good stuff from the Colliers in the first half, with plenty of attacking intent and it was surely just a matter of time before they would score.
However, in the 32nd minute, a challenge in the penalty area resulted with the referee awarding Redcar a penalty. Preston took responsibility and after a stuttering run up, he sent Donaldson the wrong way for his second and Redcar’s second of the afternoon.
Short drilled just wide for the Colliers in the 39th minute, before Green deservedly pulled one back of the Colliers a minute later. The former Thornaby man beat two Redcar players before drilling an effort into the far corner from 22 yards.
The Green Army continued to press forward, but there was no further chances and Redcar went into the break ahead.
The first half was full of entertainment, but the second half was the total opposite.
Easington did have a couple of corners early on in the half, but they came to nothing.
Pounder curled over in the 55th minute, before an injury to the assistant referee prompted a delay in play. With an ankle injury meaning he was unable to continue, Easington physio/coach Tom Goodey ran the line.
In the 62nd minute, good football from the Colliers created a chance. Flowing football found Short, and his cross picked out Adamson. However, his header was saved.
As time wore on, the Colliers continued to mount promising attacks, but the final ball was lacking.
Pounder then had a header saved, before further Easington attacks broke down.
In the 81st minute, a good save from Donaldson kept Easington in the game. Redcar caught Easington on the break, and Preston was in. However, a fine save from Donaldson prevented Preston of his hat-trick.
Two minutes from time, the post came to Redcar’s saviour. Liam Cooke struck a low effort that had Lawrence beaten, but it bounced back off the post and Redcar cleared.
And, as Easington continued to pile forward, Redcar added a third and wrapped up the win four minutes into added time. They stole possession in the centre of the park and eventually worked the ball to Redman whose deflected effort found the net.
Full-time: Redcar Athletic 3-1 Easington Colliery
Next up for me is Horden CW vs Hartlepool FC and Gateshead vs Hartlepool United on Boxing Day. As this is my last report before Tuesday, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
Easington Colliery: Donaldson, Lincoln Barrow (Ball, 66′), Goundry, Pearson (c), Martin, Green, Short, Liam Cooke, Pounder, Adamson, Ashton
Unused subs: MacDougall, Metcalf, Garside, Robson
Redcar Athletic: Lawrence, Redman, Farrington, Woodhouse, Bennett, Browne, Carmichael (Bivens, 46′), Wood, Preston (Dickinson, 83′), Skelton (c) (Rivis, 70′), Connelly
Unused sub: Cooper
Admission: £5 adults, £3 concessions
Referee: Dane McCarrick