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Recap

Sonni Coleman’s campaign-quickest goal kickstarted a relentless first half display, as a tight victory over Crook Town left sixth place up for grabs on the final day.

The forward’s 1st minute opener dashed Crook’s hopes of an end of season upset, as Danny Boyle capitalised on their shock with a well taken brace.

The Black and Ambers took advantage of an injury-unsettled Redcar to mount a short lived, second half resurgence, but a late strike from Craig Hutchinson put the seal on a final away day triumph.

Joe Thompson’s return from suspension provided some relief amid the ever-growing list of unavailability, as Forster restored the full-back to the XI, alongside England star Oscar Fletcher.

It took just 22 seconds for the threadbare Redcar to take the initiative, as Craig Hutchinson’s curled effort reverberated the post, and with Crook stunned, Sonni Coleman followed in to poke it home.

The forward enjoyed yet another standout performance, which he almost rubber-stamped with a quick double, as his lofted effort after a fantastic move rattled the top of Curran’s crossbar.

As Crook reeled from Redcar’s early onslaught, Danny Boyle capitalised to slot home his first. The midfielder left Curran rooted to the spot with a low drive, after a disorganised backline failed to clear Fletcher’s long ball.

Athletic had the home side in a chokehold, and as they scrambled for a response, an arrow wide from Oscar Fletcher and a unconvincingly denied effort from Conway continued to chip away.

Finally, with the break looming, Danny Boyle struck again to all but kill the game, as Hutchinson’s endeavour kept a poor cross in play, and Conway slipped in the midfielder to roll home his brace.

The half time loss of Redcar’s goal-getting midfielder left a massive hole in the heart of the field, which coupled with later knocks to Reece Kenney and Sonni Coleman, helped in Crook’s resurgence.

Before his departure, Coleman saw the opening chance of the second period, forcing a fingertip save out of Curran, as he lashed Fletcher’s looping long ball back across goal.

Alfie Conway was the next to threaten the score-line, meeting Oscar Fletcher’s deep corner with a bullet header, which Mitton scrambled off the line.

It was an unfortunate deflection which gave Crook their second half lifeline, as Zac Bewley’s effort struck a red shirt, wrong-footing Jack Norton as it nestled in the back of the net.

With wind in their sails, the Black and Ambers sieged Jack Norton’s goal, and after the shot-stopper palmed a cross back into a dangerous area, Paul Gardiner pounced to make the tension palpable.

Undeterred, the Steelmen continued to launch breakaways, and as a little bit of luck fell on their side, Craig Hutchinson reacted to a poor defensive touch, to keep his composure and roll home a late, decisive fourth.

Attendance: 229

Goal Scorers: Sonni Coleman (1), Danny Boyle (13, 45+1), Craig Hutchinson (89)

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeason
19/04/20237:30 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23

Ground

The Sir Tom Cowie Millfield, West Road, DL15 9PW
The Sir Tom Cowie Millfield, West Road, Crook, County Durham, DL15 9PW, UK
Thursday 25th April, 19:30BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
Redcar Athletic
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Bishop Auckland
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