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Redcar Athletic vs West Auckland Town



Redcar Athletic 3-1 West Auckland Town

Steelmen: Adam Boyes (9’), Dale Hopson (28’), Layton Watts (87’)

West Auckland: Josh Scott (36’)

A statement result for Redcar Athletic, who dented the play-off hopes of West Auckland Town in a fourth successive home win.

Adam Boyes nodded home to open the scoring, the lead doubled by the half hour through a stellar dead ball conversion from Dale Hopson.

Josh Scott’s near post header offered West Auckland a fighting chance, but despite dominating the early proceedings of the second half, Layton Watts struck at the death to seal all three points.

A threadbare squad for Carl Jarrett, his visiting counterpart boasted a much wider range of options, including some more than familiar to the crowd at Green Lane.

Keen to leave his mark, Oscar Fletcher wasted no time in taking the fight to Redcar’s backline, forcing Charlie Graham into a early intervention, before proving second best to shot-stopper Callum Roberts.

A free kick out wide offered Redcar their route into the lead, a Curtis Round delivery so delicately guided into the far corner off the head of Adam Boyes.

The forward almost doubled his tally in next to no time, recovering well to seize a cross marginally behind him, and testing the reactions of Nick Liversedge with his effort on the swivel.

Layton Watts’ fast break lead to the Steelmen’s next glimpse at goal, a cynical challenge from Gary Brown expensing another dangerous dead ball situation.

This time, Dale Hopson opted to go alone, catching not just Nick Liversedge, but arguably Green Lane too, off guard with a swerving effort bound for the stanchion.

West roared back to bring the contest into a state of purgatory, Josh Scott glancing home Oscar Fletcher’s sweeping corner, to somewhat quench the midfielder’s building frustrations.

Ultimately, the goal managed very little in the way of changing the pace of the game.

Adam Boyes sought the far top corner with an exquisite bending effort, and a close one at that, whilst Curtis Round settled the affair for halfway with a fizzed effort an inch too high.

Joe Ferguson laid the ball on a plate for Adam Boyes to add to his tally as play resumed, a gift the forward couldn’t stretch far enough to make count.

Layton Watts continued to cause trouble for the West Auckland backline, and in particular Gary Brown, who appeared very fortunate to avoid a second booking for a late challenge in the neutral third.

West did plenty of knocking themselves in search of a route back to parity, all through the driven endeavour of Oscar Fletcher.

The midfield man fought to regain possession in a wide area, working the play inside to James Harrison, who hammered an effort a whisker away from Callum Roberts’ goal.

The visitors’ mass of possession conjured very little else as play petered out, a blessing for a Redcar side who seemed all but tireless.

Jack Blackford spearheaded the charge as the Steelmen looked to end the contest strong, missing out on his first goal for the club as Nick Liversedge left a strong hand on his path to goal.

Redcar Athletic’s thrilling evening was finally given its fairytale end, and rather unfittingly through a loose ball.

Jack Blackford recovered the play, taking the ball wide, and slotting it on a plate for an arriving Layton Watts to force home in the centre.

Attendance: 250

Line-Up: Roberts, Mills, Ferguson, Guru Burgess, Graham, Watts, Hopson, Boyes, Blackford, Round

Next Match: Tow Law Town (h) | Saturday 9th March


05/03/20247:30 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12023/24


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