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Seaham Red Star vs Redcar Athletic



Donny the difference as Redcar end losing streak with win at Seaham. 

A bitter Friday evening, but an ever so sweet result, as the Steelmen ended their torrid losing streak with a satisfying away win, narrowly edging out cup nemesis Seaham Red Star.

It was a mix of luck, solidity and Donny Holdsworth which earned Gary Forster his first victory at the helm, with the forward notching the only goal in a tight, even contest to seal a valuable three points.

Unlike in recent performances, Redcar were quick off the mark, testing Seaham shot-stopper Andrew Jennison inside 60 seconds through Anthony Bell’s serving strike from distance, which was ultimately well held.

Athletic would go on to see the bulk of first half opportunities fall their way, but Seaham would possibly see the better of them, missing a couple of golden opportunities to snatch the lead.

O’Neill was the first to have a crack at goal for the hosts, dragging his low attempt wide within the opening six minutes, whilst a glancing header from an in-swinging corner dropped a hair’s width passed the post midway through the half.

With a shred of luck on their side, the Steelmen looked a more composed outfit, fashioning multiple quality opportunities. Alfie Conway ended a driving run through the midfield with a strike which whistled a yard wide, whilst new boy Danny Boyle’s curling effort narrowly evaded the top right corner.

As the contest wore on, Redcar were getting closer and closer. Anthony Bell almost provided a sensational opener, striking the crossbar with a thunderous effort, whilst Sonni Coleman was on hand to pounce on a loose ball in stoppage time, sending his attempt into the side netting.

It was a free kick seconds before the hour mark which eventually saw the deadlock broken, as Bell’s swerving delivery was flicked into the air at the front post, dropping kindly for Donny Holdsworth, whose looping header found the far side netting to defy a scrambling Jennison.

Red Star appeared to have been woken up after the Steelmen’s goal, almost providing an instant response as Donnolly let fly from range, seeing his effort tipped over the bar by a fantastic athletic stop from Jack Norton.

The commanding number one was called upon once more with 20 minutes to go, making a crucial fingertip save down to his left to deny the low, driven effort of Mark Robinson, keeping Athletic’s clean sheet intact.

With the contest drawing to a close, there was one last chance for Redcar to kill off their opponents, as Alfie Conway’s curling attempt cannoned off the inside of the post, right in the top left corner, bouncing across the face of goal before being agonisingly cleared away.

One last moment of nervousness came as the board indicated seven minutes of additional time, but the Steelmen’s new look backline held firm to see out the narrow victory, bringing to a close a run of seven consecutive defeats with a much needed win over bogey team, Seaham Red Star.

Attendance: 142.

Goal Scorers: Brandon Holdsworth.


02/12/20227:30 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23


Independent Utility Advise Arena, Seaham Town Park, SR7 0HP
Independent Utility Advise Arena, Seaham Town Park, Stockton Road, Seaham. Co.Durham, SR7 0HP, UK
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