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Redcar Athletic vs Whickham



Redcar Athletic 4-0 Whickham

Steelmen: Curtis Round (1’, 36’), Adam Boyes (9’, 45’)


A fantastic four for Redcar Athletic, who swept aside a rattled Whickham outfit in a third successive Green Lane triumph.

Adam Boyes and Curtis Round shared the spotlight, netting a brace apiece as the Steelmen rode the wave of a record-quick opener.

Stunned into disrepair, the Lang Jacks amassed no response to the forward duo, forced to watch play peter out as Redcar coasted in first gear to the final whistle.

A week on from a bitter defeat to Heaton Stannington, the Redcar boss opted for a lone change, introducing Dale Hopson in the midfield at the expense of Brad Mills.

Six seconds. That was all it took for Redcar Athletic to turn a tough-to-call contest into a routine ninety minutes.

It was a freak opener that befell the travelling Tynesiders, their defence cast into disarray as Curtis Round challenged shot-stopper Dan Lister’s clearance into the back of the net.

In a flash, Adam Boyes applied the finish to a decisive second. Lister stuck out a foot to deny the point-blanc effort of Dale Hopson, blocking the ball into the path of the forward, with the goal agape.

The Redcar number nine teed up Mark Anderson for what seemed a certain third, the midfielder unfortunate to scuff his effort wide of the far post.

‘Sparky’ made up for his shortcomings in the seconds after, slipping the ball underneath Dan Lister, this time victim to the linesman’s raised flag.

The post next stood between Redcar Athletic and furthering the lead, as Chay Liddle’s bullet from the midfield rattled the upright with the shot-stopper beaten.

A goal each to boot, Boyes and Round twice combined to put the contest out of reach of a reeling Whickham.

Adam Boyes first opted unselfishly to feed Curtis Round in the centre of the box, presenting the wide man his brace on a plate with just a simple prod home.

Round repaid the favour as the break loomed. The Redcar-born forward ploughed down the left flank from deep inside his own half, lofting the ball to the back post, where Boyes lie in wait.

Four to the good with little defensive work to do, the second period played out mostly in the midfield.

Redcar worked a few opportunities to extend the arrears, most notably an incisive pass to free Jack Blackford, whose first Steelmen goal continues to go a-begging.

Layton Watts fed the run of Adam Boyes to prompt yet another sprawling stop from Dan Lister, a disheartening end to such a delightful footballing move carved from the heart of midfield.

Ultimately, the quality of chances declined as too did the contest. Chay Liddle flashed an effort over the bar, Adam Boyes saw a hooked effort caught, and Layton Watts blazed wide.

All in all, the second half proved an irrelevancy, as the hard work in the first 45 made all the difference. Three wins in three at Green Lane.

Attendance: 251

Line-Up: Roberts, Guru, Ferguson, Liddle, Burgess (Mills 80’), Graham, Blackford, Anderson (Watts 33’), Boyes, Hopson, Round

Next Match: West Auckland Town (h) | Tuesday 5th March 2024


02/03/20243:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12023/24


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