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Redcar Athletic vs Newton Aycliffe



The Steelmen were unfortunate to end the evening with only a point, sharing the spoils with visitors Newton Aycliffe after a strike at the death held the contest at two goals apiece.

Sonni Coleman twice fired Redcar into the lead, netting his brace either side of both the interval and a headed equaliser, with a late volley from Aycliffe substitute Oscar Taylor dashing the frontman’s hopes of earning all three points for his side.

Manager Steve Connolly once again opted to shift the pack, with Matty Bateman returning to his usual position in between the sticks, whilst Alfie Conway was given his first competitive start for the club, producing an impressive performance despite leaving the field bloodied in the opening half hour.

The Steelmen looked the brighter in the contest’s early knockings, threatening to take the lead inside five minutes as Alfie Conway hooked a volley over the bar from 12 yards, with Walker curling an effort from the left flank into the grateful grasp of visiting shot-stopper Adam McHugh moments later.

After 25 minutes, Redcar capitalised on their short period of sustained pressure, taking the lead through Sonni Coleman’s deflected effort, which trickled away from McHugh and nestled into the bottom right corner.

The lead lasted just six minutes, however, with Athletic’s backline switching off from a set piece, allowing Naylor to head passed Matty Bateman relatively unchallenged to bring the sides all square.

Both sides enjoyed chances at goal in the following period before the interval, with Conway stinging the gloves of McHugh after a beautiful flick over two defenders, whilst Jarvie dragged a shot wide for the visitors, and the linesman’s flag denied Ferguson from rolling Aycliffe in front.

The second period began with a bang for the Steelmen, who took the lead inside two minutes as Sonni Coleman completed his brace, creating an angle to goal with clever footwork before finding the bottom right corner once again to leave McHugh with no chance.

The lead breathed a new lease of life into Redcar, who outplayed Aycliffe both in possession and creativity, having enough chances to build up a comfortable advantage, but failing to find the back of the net.

Coleman was hungry for his hat-trick, twice stinging the gloves of McHugh, whilst firing over the bar from range on a number of occasions, falling just short of his third goal in the end

Aycliffe had little sight of goal after the interval, with Jarvie seeing their only success in testing Bateman, with the Steelmen’s shot-stopper twice denying the forward from drawing the sides level.

Two minutes from the end of normal time, the sucker-punch finally came. Owens clipped a ball over Athletic’s backline, with Taylor lashing a volley into the bottom left corner, levelling the scores right at the death.

Redcar had one final chance to secure all three points, with Sam Conway dragging an effort agonisingly wide of the right hand post, leaving the Steelmen to contend with just a point on an evening in which they should have been comfortably out of sight against a strong Newton Aycliffe side.

Attendance: 373.

Redcar Goal Scorers: Sonni Coleman (25, 48).


09/08/20227:30 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23


BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
Green Lane, Redcar, Redcar and Cleveland, Tees Valley, England, TS10 3RW, United Kingdom
Thursday 25th April, 19:30BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
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