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Northallerton Town vs Redcar Athletic



Holdsworth scores again as Steelmen open 2023 with a win on the road.

Redcar Athletic came from behind to kick off the new year with an away day three points, beating an in-form Northallerton Town by 3 goals to 1.

Poor finishing plagued the Steelmen in the first half, with Marske United loanee Joey Hope steering the home side into the lead before the break.

Donny Holdsworth’s flicked header set Athletic’s second half comeback in motion, before Bell’s first club goal and Conway’s emphatic tight angle finish wrapped up a third win on the bounce for Gary Forster’s side.

Redcar found themselves on the front foot right from the off, having a few half chances in the opening exchanges. Paylor’s sweet volley proved the best of which, brushing the crossbar on its way over Sam Taylor’s goal.

Craig Hutchinson thought he’d given his side the lead in the 14th minute, finishing tidily after Holdsworth’s headed through ball, only for the linesman’s flag to call play back for an offside.

The two swapped roles for a golden opportunity some seven minutes later, as Hutchinson’s square ball picked out Holdsworth, but the in form forward couldn’t quite find the target from close-range.

Lackadaisical finishing from the Steelmen wouldn’t go unpunished, as Northallerton’s Joey Hope found himself in the right position to slide his side into a 26th minute lead, arriving on the scene first after Norton blocked an initial effort from Ethan Henderson.

Athletic managed to test Taylor just twice before the break, the first a swerving effort from the right flank by McNeill, which he caught cleanly, before Conway’s soft header was collected with ease shortly after.

It took just five minutes for Donny Holdsworth to atone for his first half shortcomings after the restart, drawing Redcar level with a flicked header after Anthony Bell’s corner had started some head tennis between the Steelmen’s forwards.

With the wind now in their sails, Athletic were pressing for that all important go-ahead goal, which Hutchinson nearly provided shortly before the hour mark, pulling the ball out of the air in the box before firing narrowly over the bar.

When Forster’s side finally grasped the lead 3 minutes later, it was midfielder Anthony Bell in the spotlight, who, after finding himself unmarked in the area, lashed an effort into the far top right corner to seal his first goal for the club.

The victory would be all but wrapped up 20 minutes later, as Alfie Conway notched the goal of the day, finishing a solo breakaway by taking the ball around Sam Taylor, providing an emphatic finish from a tight angle to increase Redcar’s advantage.

There would be one last scare for the Steelmen, as usually flawless shot-stopper Jack Norton left the goal gaping with a miss-kicked pass straight to Northallerton forward, David Parker, but rather remarkably his effort was sent rattling off the woodwork to produce one final cheer from the travelling Redcar faithful.

Attendance: 157.

Goal Scorers: Holdsworth (50), Bell (62), Conway (83).


25/01/20237:30 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23


The Calvert Stadium, Ainderby Road, DL7 8HA
Romanby, Hambleton, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
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