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Carlisle City vs Redcar Athletic



Hutchinson and Holdsworth on target as Steelmen come from behind to sink Sky Blues.

Redcar Athletic’s longest trip of the season ended in a comeback success, as a second half double proved enough to beat a stubborn Carlisle City.

Craig Hutchinson scored the first of Redcar’s inevitable revival, volleying home after Jordan Palmer slotted the Sky Blues into a controversial lead.

In-form man Donny Holdsworth completed the turnaround, ghosting in behind to finish off a delightful team move, sealing a fourth successive win for Forster’s evolving Steelmen.

Much like in the reverse fixture, Athletic had an edge over their Cumbrian-counterparts, but struggled at times to break down an organised defence.

Donny Holdsworth unsurprisingly starred in attack, almost giving Redcar the perfect start when his tight-angle attempt deflected goalwards, hitting a more than fortunate blue shirt on the line.

Holdsworth had another couple of chances to produce an early lead, curling wide from distance after quick footwork, before driving a volley straight down the neck of City’s Stephen Townsley.

Carlisle offered more of a threat than at Green Lane, with James Paylor forced into a perfect sliding challenge to deny Jordan Palmer early doors, as a few attempts from midfield went astray.

Oscar Fletcher’s in-swinging delivery produced Athletic’s best opportunity of the half, as Donny Holdsworth’s headed effort was thwarted by Townsley, before his follow up deflected wide via the post.

It was Sky Blues forward Jordan Palmer who eventually broke the deadlock, slotting an incisive through ball passed Jack Norton, with the travelling Redcar faithful left bemused that the flag wasn’t raised for offside.

The Steelmen were back on level terms five minutes after the restart, as Joe Thompson’s long throw dropped favourably for Craig Hutchinson, whose tidy volley rippled the net after Carlisle failed to make the clearance.

It looked only a matter of time before Redcar jumped in front, as their aggression was relentless, Danny Boyle coming the closest as he sliced wide after Hutchinson’s clever back heel.

A brilliant team move finally gave Athletic their deserved lead, as Coleman flicked McNeill’s inviting cross over Carlisle’s backline, and Holdsworth broke free to apply an emphatic volleyed finish.

Staring down the barrel of defeat, City took the ascendancy for the final 25 minutes, throwing bodies forward as the Steelmen began to shut up shop.

Still, their offensive pressure amounted to very little, besides putting the fear of god in the fans on the sidelines, as Norton faced little to no trouble, and Redcar clung on for an enjoyable three points over in Cumbria.

Attendance: 65.

Goal Scorers: Craig Hutchinson (51), Brandon Holdsworth (64).


04/03/20233:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23


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