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Redcar Athletic vs Carlisle City



Redcar Athletic 0-1 Carlisle City


Carlisle: Dan Kirkup (70’)

Redcar Athletic’s long unbeaten run fell foul to a well-organised Carlisle City.

A second half header from captain Dan Kirkup claimed custody of the spoils for the spirited Cumbrians, a tirade of Redcar pressure well handled in a typical away display.

In the absence of Carl Jarrett’s regular defensive partnership, Nathan Dale debuted alongside Charlie Graham in the centre, as Joe Ferguson returned from injury to man the flank.

Not short on possession, or even opportunities, Redcar again simply struggled to find that killer instinct.

Layton Watts was the first to test the waters, bending an effort but a foot away from a concerned Scott Simons’ goal.

The forward’s luck almost came to pass some moments later, as Simons this time had to be alert to tip a vicious drive onto the woodwork, Boyes just inches away from prodding home the rebound.

‘Almost’ became the theme of the afternoon as the seconds ticked on, Ferguson’s pullback across goal met by none in red, and Round’s dipping delivery turned wide by the number nine.

Penned in as they were, Carlisle still proved a threat on the break, Robert McCartney drawing a sprawling stop from shot-stopper Callum Roberts from deep.

A swivelling effort from Curtis Round continued the onslaught, but inches away from range, whilst Sam Atkinson’s last-ditch tackle spurned a chance in the seconds before the half.

Attacking into the wind as play resumed, Redcar’s authority was no less apparent.

Round again proved an inch away from finding the net, this time stretching in vain of an Adam Boyes delivery.

The wide-man knocked the ball into the path of a tenacious Jack Blackford for perhaps the best opportunity of the match, the midfielder unable to pick out the target with a driven strike.

With Redcar blunt before goal, and the wind in favour of the Sky Blues, pressure began to mount in the opposite direction.

Charlie Graham relieved possession to a grateful Jordan Halt, recovering in good time to direct the forward’s effort behind.

Thomas Mahone tried his luck from what wasn’t far from the halfway line, still forcing the Steelmen number one to climb towards the stanchion to tip the effort behind.

A corner ensued, and as the low delivery passed by shirts at the front post, Dan Kirkup sprawled through the centre to force the ball home.

City weren’t quite done there, denied a second only by the quick reactions of Callum Roberts, who sprung to his feet quickly after an initial block to turn Jordan Palmer’s effort to safety.

Desperate, unrelenting, but not overly sharp, Redcar threw bodies forward in search of parity.

Isaac Walker made his way onto the field to be robbed of a fairytale return, his poked attempt thwarted by the feet of Simons.

Blocks, bodies and a little bit of desperation of City’s own seemed to keep the Steelmen at bay, one last punt from Jack Blackford palmed away to the joy of the travelling Sky Blues.

Attendance: 251

Line-Up: Roberts, Mills, Ferguson, Hopson, Dale, Graham, Blackford, Liddle, Boyes, Watts (Walker 81’), Round

Next Match: Boro Rangers (h) | Tuesday 26th March 2024 | WOODSmith Construction Senior Cup Semifinal


23/03/20243:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12023/24


BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
Green Lane, Redcar, Redcar and Cleveland, Tees Valley, England, TS10 3RW, United Kingdom
Tuesday 23rd April, 19:30BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
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Boro Rangers
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