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Thornaby vs Redcar Athletic



Redcar Athletic were forced to settle for a point in tough conditions, as James Sayer’s first senior goal pegged back a spirited Thornaby at Teesdale Park.

Former Steelman and fan favourite Owen Clarkson rolled the Blues ahead, finishing tidily from the spot inside the opening ten minutes.

James Sayer’s flicked header sealed a share of the spoils for Gary Forster’s side, as attacking frustrations were compounded by an ever growing injury list.

Poor weather conditions and a heavy pitch added an extra challenge to the affair, as the scrappy nature of the game favoured the home side, whose desperation to survive gave them an edge.

The Blues showed lots of endeavour, and made the most of it on their first foray into Athletic’s half, as Joe Pickett was brought down by Jack Norton, at the expense of a penalty.

It was a familiar face in Owen Clarkson who stood up to the task, and the ex-Redcar man made no mistake, placing his effort down the middle as Norton sprawled to his left.

Thornaby’s persistence almost reaped the reward of a quick second, as Hindson’s deep cross dipped agonisingly close to goal, taking a nick off the underside of the bar for good measure.

Redcar’s moment of delight finally came through James Sayer, who drifted towards the front post to nod Garbutt’s corner passed Robert Dean, with a deceptive bounce leaving the shot-stopper with little chance.

With a shift in momentum on the cards, Donny Holdsworth tried his luck from range, creating space with a clever turn, before his curled effort forced a diving stop out of a scrambling Dean.

The second period brought more of the same for Athletic, with Danny Boyle’s early chance on the swivel a perfect summary, as it flew safely into the grasp of the Blues’ number one.

A catalogue of nearly moments plagued the Steelmen, as Mitchell’s lofted ball towards Holdsworth was easily read, whilst Coleman was charged down as he looked to pick out his spot.

The last of Redcar’s clear opportunities fell to Alfie Conway, whose headed effort rattled the inner fencing, albeit from a difficult position.

Gary Forster’s real headache came rather innocuously, as after an early knock for Craig Hutchinson, Donny Holdsworth went to ground in some pain, leaving the field with a nasty looking limp, after a sustained period of treatment.

Matters could have worsened still in stoppage time, as Verity’s looped cross was driven goalwards by the head of substitute Phil Caley, and would have stolen all three points at the death for the struggling Blues, if not for a miraculous, sprawling save from routine hero, Jack Norton.

Attendance: 209

Goal Scorers: James Sayer (21)


10/04/20233:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23


Teesdale Park, Acklam Road, TS17 7JU
Teesdale Park, Acklam Road, Thornaby, Stockton-On-Tees, TS17 7JU, UK
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