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West Allotment Celtic vs Redcar Athletic



 Lowery-Matondo punishes Redcar in poor contest at East Palmersville.

A lone mistake befell an off-colour Redcar Athletic, as West Allotment Celtic stole the spoils on a frustrating, ill-tempered evening in Newcastle.

Lively forward Lucas Lowery-Matondo notched the only goal of the contest for Celtic, punishing a Redcar slip up to put the seal on a frustrating defeat.

There was a single change to the Athletic side which were held by Carlisle at the weekend, as Reece Kenney returned to the XI, while Anthony Bell missed out on the squad entirely.

Even without the skipper, the Steelmen started the brighter, with Alfie Conway’s venomous drive from distance almost providing the perfect start, whistling just over the crossbar.

West Allotment nearly orchestrated their own downfall some minutes later, when Liam Beeston tried to force Danny Boyle’s effort passed his own goalkeeper, whose quick reactions were all that prevented the own goal.

Besides a few chances for Athletic, the opening half hour was incredibly scrappy, with plenty of bite in midfield, but not much trouble for either backline.

That was until the half exploded into life as it approached its end, as Celtic’s Connor Campbell fired wide in a two-on-one situation, opting against pulling the ball back for an unmarked Mikel Thompson.

Donny Holdsworth saw Redcar’s best chance of the game just a minute later, knocking the ball passed Jed Scott before lifting over an open goal while under pressure, with some left upset that no foul was given.

It was a different story after the restart, as Celtic had the better of Athletic in the midfield battle, almost capitalising two minutes in as Thompson was forced into a last ditch block to deny Campbell.

It was a rare mistake from Mason McNeill which eventually gifted West Allotment the lead on the hour mark, as Lowery-Matondo slotted home on a fast break after the fall-back’s loose pass.

Tensions had been slowly rising in the contest, with reckless tackles left unpunished across the park, the most contentious a vicious challenge on young Alfie Conway, which was reprimanded with a yellow card.

Craig Hutchinson was presented with a gilt-edged chance in the dying embers of the contest, guiding his effort uncharacteristically wide as he bared down on goal in a one-on-one situation.

The forward man was denied one last opportunity to save face in stoppage time, clean through on goal against Jed Scott, before being hauled down cynically by Jack Errington.

The challenge merited the defender just a second yellow, and ultimately secured all three points for West Allotment Celtic.

Attendance: 80.

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07/02/20237:30 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23


East Palmersville Sports Pavilion, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 9HF
East Palmersville Sports Pavilion, Palmersville, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 9HF, UK
Tuesday 23rd April, 19:30BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
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