Northallerton Town 0-1 Redcar Athletic
Steelmen: Adam Boyes (38’)
A new look Redcar ushered in the Carl Jarrett era with a professional victory over Northallerton Town.
A rare clean sheet marked the start of the new boss’s reign, a credit to the superbly marshalled backline of captain Kevin Burgess.
Flagship signing Adam Boyes proved the difference, sharp in attack from the off, and on hand to nod home a slender advantage ahead of the break.
Carl Jarrett named a near unrecognisable side for the first of his tenure, boosted by the acquisition of a quartet displaced from Marske United.
Adam Boyes lead the line, supported by the effervescent threat of Curtis Round, whilst Jason Kennedy and Kevin Burgess sured-up the spine towards the back.
Cracks in the unity of Redcar new and old brought early joy to the feet of Northallerton.
Jack Raper was the first to let fly, stinging the palms of a stooping Jack Norton, before a tearing run from Arran Wearmouth faced much the same fate.
Jason Kennedy spurned the first chance fashioned by an energetic Curtis Round, arriving on the scene as Adam Boyes struggled to gain his footing to slam over the bar.
Former Steelman McKenzie Diccico wasted a gilt-edged opportunity to take a shock lead, blazing over the bar having waltzed through an uncharacteristic gap.
As Redcar began to mould, Adam Boyes nodded Curtis Round’s lofted ball wide in what proved a final warning to a scrambling Northallerton.
The next time to duo combined, Boyes made no mistake, breaching Ben Fairless with a well planted header to the delight of a sizeable travelling contingent.
On the stroke of the half, Norton made his final contribution of the match, standing firm to deny a desperate McKenzie Diccico’s rushed drive.
Whilst Athletic were nothing special in the second period, their play was authoritative, and the hosts were limited to mere scraps.
Dale Hopson forged Redcar’s first chance, uncharacteristically glanced wide by a soaring Jason Kennedy.
A revitalised Isaac Walker pulled the strings come the hour mark, dropping his good friend and former Redcar man Max McGuckin, before striking the woodwork with a drive across goal.
The forward once again got the beating of his former teammate, opting for the near post, yet only reverberating the advertising hoardings with his dragged effort.
Adam Boyes made one final chance to add to the tally, bearing down on goal with both time and space, only showing too much of the ball to a brave Ben Fairless.
Line-Up: Norton, Mills (Guru 70’), O’Sullivan, Hopson (Holdsworth 90+1’), Burgess, Ritson, Walker (Watts 80’), Kennedy, Boyes, Round, McNeill (Ferguson 58’)
Next Match: Birtley Town (a) | Tuesday 16th January 2024
|Northern Football League - Division 1