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Guisborough Town vs Redcar Athletic

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Recap

It was a scrappy non-league day spectacle, as Redcar Athletic clinched a double over their local rivals, Guisborough Town, at a packed out KGV Stadium.

Sonni Coleman was the man who sealed the deal, beating Will Cowey with a rare effort on target as the Steelmen provided the perfect response to Tuesday night’s defeat.

Injuries and illness forced a host of changes to that side from midweek, gifting starts to young James Sayer, and new centre-half Daryll Hall, who both impressed.

Unsurprisingly, there was a bit of bite in the contest’s early exchanges, with snapping tackles and threats of flashpoints finally brought under control after a harsh booking for James Sayer.

Athletic dictated the tempo throughout the afternoon, but were fortunate not to be behind after 10 minutes, as a series of successive Guisborough corners were nodded over by McGee and Frazer.

Daryll Hall fashioned the first concrete opportunity for Redcar, flicking Thompson’s long throw into the path of Sonni Coleman, who couldn’t squeeze his effort through a body of players.

Alfie Conway was the next to test his luck, unleashing a vicious drive from distance, which sailed well over Will Cowey’s crossbar.

Despite the Steelmen’s superiority, the hosts had the more threatening chance to ignite the crowd, as Cole Kiernan’s incisive ball fed Mikey McGee, whose effort merited a fine stop from Jack Norton.

As the clock began ticking in the second period, the rain began to fall, and conditions got that little bit tricker.

Still, the Steelmen’s momentum couldn’t be faltered, as Donny Holdsworth went a whisker away from his 20th of the campaign, nodding Joe Thompson’s swerving delivery across goal and behind.

Redcar finally capitalised on their control shortly after the hour mark, as Anthony Bell whipped a dangerous cross into the area, and Sonni Coleman’s flicked header looped over Will Cowey to clinch a deserved lead.

Coleman went agonisingly close to his second 10 minutes later, turning Sayer’s cross onto the underside of the bar, before an acrobatic stop from Cowey denied Dale Milburn’s hooked follow-up.

The Priorymen sought to provide a response in the final quarter of an hour, but were stifled time and time again by the infallible defensive partnership of Nathan Guru and Daryll Hall, and for all their efforts, Town couldn’t produce a single attempt to rob Athletic of their derby day success.

Attendance: 761

Goal Scorers: Sonni Coleman (63)

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeason
25/03/20233:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23

Ground

King George V Ground, Howlbeck Road, TS14 6LE
King George V Ground, Howlbeck Road, Guisborough, Cleveland, TS14 6LE, UK
Tuesday 16th April, 19:30Birtley Sports Complex, Chester-le-Street, DH3 2QW
Birtley Town
2 : 0
Redcar Athletic
Goals
0
0
Assists
0
0
Yellow Cards
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Red Cards
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