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Redcar Athletic vs Whickham AFC



A goal apiece from Redcar’s strike duo edged out Whickham, as Gary Forster’s side signed off in style by securing a spot in the top six.

Craig Hutchinson got the ball rolling in the first half, beating Kyle Seymour with a vicious effort, before Sonni Coleman’s guided finish wrapped up a fantastic performance.

The final day triumph sees Athletic leapfrog their Tyneside visitors into the top six, rubber-stamping the greatest season in the clubs history, with a finish only dreamt of come December.

The promise of sixth place proved desirable enough for a spirited Redcar, who started the contest much the brighter.

Sonni Coleman was the first to test Kyle Seymour, with the shot-stopper coming out on top after the forward’s two close-range stabs.

A tight-angled lob from Craig Hutchinson almost caught the young goal-keeper out some minutes later, but his quick reactions prevented the number nine from notching a sensational opener.

Another lob and a free header for Hutchinson gave Athletic plenty of chance to carve out an early lead, and as those opportunities went amiss, Whickham grew in confidence.

Scott Robson proved the danger man for the Lang Jacks, as he caused a host of problems for Redcar, both striking the upright and sending Jack Norton scrambling in quick succession.

A fantastic sliding intervention from Brooklyn Miller kickstarted the move that lead to the opener, as Joe Thompson picked out Craig Hutchinson on the left flank, and the forward’s drive nestled in the top corner, despite a touch from Seymour.

Alfie Conway’s early rocket ensured the Steelmen started the second period exactly as they finished the first, stinging the palms of the Whickham number one, and earning a corner.

The travelling Tyneside outfit were a formidable side themselves, and without Jack Norton between the sticks, could have foraged at least a point.

Robson again lead the charge, seeing his one-on-one fall flat against the Redcar shot-stopper, who kept his composure to deny Tom Romano’s volley and Jamie Dunn’s poke in a promising spell for the Lang Jacks.

Joe Thompson yet again provided the magic to give the Steelmen their insurance goal, curling into a dangerous area, for Sonni Coleman to guide past Seymour with the faintest of touches.

Athletic’s two-goal cushion all but killed the contest as it entered its final half hour, with all of Whickham’s endeavour amounting to very little.

Substitute Alex Knox saw the best of the visitors opportunities to claw back into the tie, which he sent looping over the bar, to his own dismay.

By the referee’s final whistle, Redcar had achieved something that even a few months ago seemed a pipe dream. From the Wearside League not too long ago, to a place in the top six of the Northern League Division One.

Attendance: 271

Goal Scorers: Craig Hutchinson (43’), Sonni Coleman (61’)


25/04/20237:30 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23


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Thursday 25th April, 19:30BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
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