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Redcar Athletic vs Guisborough Town



Walker the hat-trick hero once again as 10-man Redcar secure derby day victory from behind.

BM Bi-Fold Green Lane was left bouncing as Steve Connolly’s unchanged side overcame the odds to record an impressive 3-1 home victory over their local rivals on another blustery day.

Guisborough found themselves on top at the break, taking advantage of Nathan Guru’s dismissal to jump in front through former Athletic winger, Mackenzie Dicicco.

The Steelmen made 10 men look like 100 in the second period, with Isaac Walker sealing a 10-minute hat-trick to stun the visitors and earn his side a third consecutive three points.

Redcar were the first side to fashion an opportunity in the contest, playing a long ball down the left flank to Sonni Coleman, who forced Town shot-stopper Robert Dean into an early save at his near post.

Steve Connolly’s side were persistent in the opening half hour, almost creating in-roads when Holdsworth’s through ball to Walker was called offside, whilst a volley from Guru was caught in the wind and sent spiralling over the crossbar.

Slowly, but surely, Guisborough were finding a foothold in the contest, with Jack Norton called into action for the first time in the 27th minute, staying alert to claim the low, deflected effort of tricky fall-back Ben Jackson with relative ease.

The balance of play was tipped in the visitors favour shortly after the half hour mark as Nathan Guru was shown the red card, the midfielder accused of elbowing former Redcar man, Mackenzie Dicicco.

Town instantly capitalised on their man advantage, finding the back of the net through none other than Dicicco, the winger following up on Mohammed’s dangerous free kick and converting off the woodwork to give the Priorymen the lead.

Matters could have worsened for the Steelmen before the break if not for the intervention of Donny Holdsworth, tracking back to thwart a dangerous Guisborough counterattack with a last-ditch tackle to keep the deficit at one.

Redcar left the changing rooms a revitalised side for the second half, appearing instantly brighter with better link-up play and decision making.

It took just ten minutes for Athletic to find their equaliser, Isaac Walker’s tenth goal of the season, the forward firing through Robert Dean from close-range after a delightful back-heeled lay off from Donny Holdsworth.

A drop ball provided Isaac his next opportunity at goal as he reacted quickest to Dean’s misplaced pass, charging through the centre before producing a delightful, dinked finish to give the ten men of Redcar the lead on the hour.

Another five minutes later, the number 11 wrapped up his quick hat-trick with a sensational goal, making a deft touch to gain control of a long ball before cutting inside of two defenders, slotting into the bottom right corner to leave Dean helpless once more.

Despite having a man over, Guisborough could fathom little to no goal threat, testing Norton only the once in the second half as he comfortably caught the volleyed effort of Jason Blackburn.

One final cheer from a bumper home crowd came at the referee’s whistle, signalling an impressive victory from an improved Steelmen side over their local rivals, and a third win in a row for a side lacking consistency not too long ago.

Attendance: 418.

Goal Scorers: Isaac Walker (55, 60, 66).


15/10/20223:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23


BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
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