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Redcar Athletic vs West Allotment Celtic



Redcar Athletic 1-3 West Allotment Celtic

Steelmen: Layton Watts (77’)

Celtic: Cyril Giraud (16’, 90+1’), Luke Parkinson (43’)

West Allotment Celtic played party-poopers, as Carl Jarrett’s Green Lane debut went awry.

Sluggish and inharmonious from the start, all seemed bleak come the interval, as an energetic Cyril Giraud fuelled a two-goal deficit.

Layton Watts entered the fray from the bench to strike a slim thread of hope, only for a late breakaway to return the dismay to the packed-out terraces at Green Lane.

Boosted by new arrivals, Jarrett named a near unrecognisable side for his first on the Redcar seafront, headlined by debuts for Mark Anderson, Chay Liddle, and shot-stopper Callum Roberts.

Anderson was the first to offer his input, feeding the run of Curtis Round down the left flank, whose effort caused no trouble for Dan Gladstone.

Between the sticks, Callum Roberts saw very little in the way of action before Celtic broke the deadlock.

Somewhat against the run of play, Cyril Giraud broke free of a lapsed Redcar backline, turning home a fine over-the-top ball with a tidy volleyed finish.

Forced off-script, the Steelmen seemed almost disjointed, creating nothing of real quality on this side of halfway.

Adam Boyes turned Brad Mills’ pullback into a sea of green shirts, spurning a rare gilt-edged opportunity as Anthony Bell’s incisive through ball was blazed over.

Jason Kennedy offered a weak connection on Liddle’s long ball, beating Gladstone in the air, but simply presenting the ball to fullback Luke Parkinson.

It was a dead ball situation which dealt the decisive blow in the face of Redcar’s blunt exploits, an emphatic dipping finish from Parkinson to further silence the masses.

Quicker to the ball upon the restart of play, a change in system – and personal – injected much-needed impetus into an ailing side.

Anthony Bell drew a fantastic stop from Gladstone, bending his effort around bodies in the centre in search of the far top corner.

His fellow midfield man, debutant Mark Anderson, found his feet to begin peppering the heart of the Celtic defence, ultimately to no avail.

Dan Gladstone was forced into acrobatics again by a confident Anthony Bell, this time getting a hand to a stern snap-shot, bound for the same stanchion.

The introduction of Layton Watts bore the most fruit in an improved final half hour, as the forward proved full of running, and eager to impress.

The substitute provided Redcar’s lone moment of joy, offering a shred of optimism with an emphatic volleyed finish, struck past Dan Gladstone after Joe Ferguson showed great endeavour to keep the play alive.

Chasing a one-goal deficit, and certainly in the ascendancy, Athletic were finally caught with little support at the back, as the new-found voice of the Redcar faithful was yet again put to bed by a composed finish from the starring Cyril Giraud.

Attendance: 451

Line-Up: Roberts, Mills, Kennedy (Ferguson 64’), Liddle, Burgess, Guru, Hopson (Walker 46’), Bell (Holdsworth 82’), Boyes, Anderson, Round (Watts 64’)

Next Match: Seaham Red Star (a) | Tuesday 6th February 2024


03/02/20243:00 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
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