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Shildon AFC vs Redcar Athletic



Shildon 1-1 Redcar Athletic

Shildon: Andrei-Vasille Ardelean (60’)

Steelmen: Joe Thompson (11’)

The spoils were shared at Dean Street, as Joe Thompson’s first half strike held the league-leaders to an entertaining stalemate.

A fantastic result on paper, Redcar left County Durham quietly disappointed, as Thompson’s driven opener settled a bright first half showing.

One of the division’s most potent attacks, Shildon roared back as play resumed, and Andrei-Vasille Ardelean’s customary goal pegged the Steelmen back to a bitter-sweet draw.

One of two changes from last weekend’s emphatic thrashing of Newcastle Benfield, Jack Norton returned between the sticks, bursting into the action early to deny a flicked header from Ardelean.

Redcar matched – and perhaps even bettered – Shildon at their physical game in the bitter cold, reaping their richly deserved reward in the opening quarter of an hour.

A lapse in concentration in the Railwaymen’s backline gifted space to Mason McNeill, and as his low cross was calmly collected by Donny Holdsworth, Joe Thompson arrived at the back post to drill it home.

The table-toppers didn’t relent in the face of a slender deficit, with top-scorer Joel Posthill their greatest outlet.

The wide-man was well marshalled in the centre, as both Brad Mills and Adam Wheatley lunged in to deter his weaving runs, whilst Mason McNeill proved the equal of his swerving free kick.

Jack Norton had to be on his toes once more as the break loomed, standing firm to deny Luke Spalding on a lightening-quick break down the right flank.

As Shildon’s pressure mounted, the next goal would prove decisive, and Danny Boyle believed to have doubled the lead inside a minute of the restart.

The midfielder arrived on the edge of the area to slot home a loose ball, his tidy finish scuppered by the linesman’s flag due to an offside in the area.

In response, the Railwaymen went within inches of a leveller, substitute Ben Reay the man in the spotlight, striking the upright with the goal at his mercy.

Shildon’s grip on the contest only grew as the minutes ticked by, and having missed a glaring chance seconds earlier, Andrei-Vasille Ardelean restored parity with a tidy touch, and a deft volley.

In the wake of being pegged back, Redcar had a short stint in the ascendancy, in search of another lead.

A teasing cross from Anthony Bell almost found the unmarked head of James Sayer, whilst a clever feign from late introduction Isaac Walker couldn’t be translated into an equal finish.

The dying embers prompted a tirade from the frustrated hosts, who amassed one last roar through star-man Joel Posthill, whose ghosting run failed to bare fruit, as his effort was scuffed wide, and out for a throw-in.

Attendance: 298

Line-Up: Norton, McNeill, Thompson (O’Sullivan 79’), Ferguson, Guru, Wheatley, Mills (Sayer 68’), Boyle, Jarvie, Holdsworth (Walker 68’), Bell

Next Match: Crook Town (h) | Saturday 9th December 2023


25/11/20233:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12023/24


Dean Street, 32 Dean St, Shildon DL4 1HA
Shildon, County Durham, North East, England, DL4 1HA, United Kingdom
Saturday 20th July, 15:00BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
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