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Billingham Town vs Redcar Athletic



Redcar Athletic edged closer to the start of the 2024/25 season, narrowly beating a well-organised Billingham Town at North Shore Academy.

Dealing most of the damage in a goal-laden first half, a double from Bradley Fewster and a neat finish from Oscar Fletcher earned but a one-goal lead at the half.

A thin lead to boot, a trialist in the Redcar goal stole the headlines with a spectacular penalty stop, paving the way for Under-23s’ captain Ethan Cartwright to nod the game beyond doubt.

Quick into the action on the referee’s whistle, the Steelmen’s bright start came through the efforts of Oscar Fletcher.

The midfielder danced his way through a  sea of blue to tee up Jack Blackford – who glanced wide – freeing a trialist down the right in a neat move capped off by a sweeping finish from Bradley Fewster.

Fletcher snatched a goal of his own not thirty seconds in the aftermath, pinching possession with space to explore, and making no mistake with his end product.

Former Redcar shot-stopper Matty Pattison was soon called upon to deny Brad Fewster a brace, the first signs of Billingham having weathered the storm beginning to show.

Danni Lay was forced into the first defensive action of the night, steering Jamie Owens’ deft chip off the goalline, the forward not to be denied a second time with a thunderous effort from range.

What felt the start of a Blues revival proved short-lived, a mistake in the middle of the park gifting the ball to Bradley Fewster, who unleashed a lob of his own to stun a forlorn Pattison.

Billingham snatched one back as the break loomed, another sweeping finish from outside the area too far in the corner for the trialing shot-stopper.

An exciting half of football in arrears, better organisation from Jamie Poole’s Blues left momentum hard to come by come the restart.

Adam Boyes was left furious to see his headed effort deemed to have not crossed the line, Decklan Greenwood beating away Craig Gott’s deep strike in another rare glimpse at goal.

A mistimed challenge in the area from Chay Liddle seemed destined to draw the affair back to level pegging, a trialist in blue denied by the trialist between the sticks, deja vu on his attempted follow-up.

Perhaps spurred on by the late lifeline, Under-23s star Ethan Cartwright took the plaudits for putting the game to bed, rising the highest in the centre to turn Craig Gott’s dipping delivery into the far top corner.

Steelmen: Trialist, Trialist, Risbrough, Burgess, Lay, Guru, Gott, Blackford, Fletcher, Trialist, Fewster

Goalscorers: Bradley Fewster (6’, 28’), Oscar Fletcher (7’), Ethan Cartwright (68’)

Next Match: Whitby Town (h) | Saturday 13th July 2024, 3pm


11/07/20247:30 pm2024/25


North Shore Academy, Stockton, TS20 2AY
Portrack, Stockton-on-Tees, Tees Valley, England, TS18 2LJ, United Kingdom
Saturday 20th July, 15:00BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
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