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Redcar Athletic vs Thornaby



Festive football at its finest as Steelmen hit NINE.

There was a party atmosphere at BM Bi-Fold Green Lane on a chilly Boxing Day afternoon, as Redcar Athletic sealed an outrageous 9-2 victory over local rivals, Thornaby.

Craig Hutchinson clinched a first half hat-trick on his debut to get the ball rolling, sandwiching goals from McNeill and Holdsworth, as well as a slight revival from the visitors.

Holdsworth wrapped up a hat-trick of his own in the second period, netting twice from the spot, while further strikes from Danny Boyle and Sam Conway rounded off an emphatic Boxing Day win.

It took new man Craig Hutchinson just the three minutes to make his mark against his former club, meeting Bell’s inviting cross with a looping header to beat Robert Dean, handing Redcar an early advantage.

The forward was on hand once again to double the lead in the 17th minute, robbing a defender inside the area after McNeill’s long ball, before cutting inside and stroking an effort into the bottom left corner.

Having made the second, Mason McNeill got himself on the scoresheet three minutes later, seeking to pick out bodies at the far post with a dangerous cross, which itself dipped into the top left corner, bouncing in off the post.

After a poor start, Thornaby were now determined to make a game of it, pulling two back before the half hour mark. Steven Roberts got the first, converting from the spot, before Joe Pickett’s bullet from range picked out the top right corner to defy Jack Norton.

Athletic almost immediately reestablished their cushion over the visitors, as Donny Holdsworth fired the ball across the face of goal, his cross flashed off the woodwork by a sliding Anthony Bell.

The midfielder would redeem himself two minutes before the break, forcing Dean into a save with a low, curling free kick, from which Holdsworth pounced for an easy tap-in to make it four.

Straight from kick-off, Thornaby found themselves caught in possession, giving Donny the chance to turn provider with a delightful reverse pass into Hutchinson, who rolled the ball underneath Dean to seal his hat-trick just before the interval.

Redcar seemed to pick up right where they left off after the restart, Danny Boyle the next to find the net, showing clever footwork in the area to make space, before picking out the bottom right corner.

Two penalties came next for the Steelmen, giving Donny the chance to claim a hat-trick for himself. Substitute Alex Bruton won the first in the 66th minute, with Holdsworth sending Dean the wrong way to find the bottom left, picking out the same spot ten minutes later after being felled in the area himself.

With eight goals already in the bag, Redcar were cruising towards a historic victory, but there was still time for young Sam Conway to score his first for the club, pouncing on another loose save to add the ninth goal of the afternoon from close-range.

Attendance: 310.

Goal Scorers: Craig Hutchinson (3, 17, 44), Mason McNeill (20), Brandon Holdsworth (43, 67 pen, 76 pen), Daniel Boyle (48), Sam Conway (78).


26/12/202212:00 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
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