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Redcar Athletic vs Heaton Stannington



Coleman’s headed brace a moderate antidote on a bleak afternoon for the Steelmen.

Redcar Athletic’s losing streak was extended to seven consecutive games, as a buoyant Heaton Stannington hit five on a difficult afternoon at Green Lane.

The visitors racked up a resounding four goal lead with a clinical first half performance, stunning the lacklustre Steelmen, who were left in search of a single clear-cut opportunity.

Sonni Coleman’s headed brace reduced the arrears in a much improved second period, providing a moment of relief for Redcar, before the misery was finally compounded by yet another stoppage time breakaway goal.

Heaton were quick off the mark at the start of the contest, with Dan Stephenson denied a fifth minute opener from range, as the referee deemed his rocket off the underside of the bar had failed to cross the line.

The large numbers of travelling fans wouldn’t have to wait much longer for an opener, however, as just two minutes later an in-swinging corner was turned in at the back post by Mark Turnbull.

It was a disgruntled Dan Stephenson who doubled the visitors’ advantage after 22 minutes, reacting the quickest to a loose ball in the area, producing a thunderous effort which nestled into the top left corner, leaving Norton with no chance.

Redcar appeared almost anonymous in attack in the first half, producing little goal threat, a blocked half chance from Anthony Bell the closest to a glimpse at goal Forster’s side would manage.

Matters would worsen considerably for Athletic by the break, with Dan Stephenson continuing his standout performance, picking out Konner Lamb who rolled in a third, before lashing in a fourth off the inside of the left-hand post.

A triple change at halftime appeared to give the Steelmen a glimmer of hope heading into the second 45, with Donny Holdsworth on target with his first touch, firing into the gloves of Heaton shot-stopper Greg Purvis.

Fellow substitute Joe Thompson was the man on hand to create Redcar’s first goal, providing an inviting cross for Sonni Coleman, whose headed effort dropped into the bottom right corner for a 65th minute consolation.

The Steelmen continued to apply pressure on the visitors’ defence, coming close to a second in the 81st minute as Sam Conway flashed Holdsworth’s driven cross narrowly wide of the goal.

Two minutes from time, Coleman was in prime position once again to seal his bitter-sweet brace, meeting Bell’s swerving delivery from the right with a stooping header to beat Greg Purvis.

Athletic’s improved mood was yet to be dashed, as once again a stoppage time breakaway brought a gutting end to a contest. Jordan Lashley led the 95th minute charge for Heaton, sweeping the ball across the box for fellow late introduction James Proctor to steer passed Jack Norton, sealing a seventh consecutive gutting defeat.

Attendance: 241.

Goal Scorers: Sonni Coleman (65, 89).


26/11/20223:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23


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