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West Auckland Town vs Redcar Athletic



West Auckland Town 2-1 Redcar Athletic

West Auckland: Will Constantin (41’), Joel Scott (53’)

Steelmen: Matty Tymon (7’)

A night of sheer frustration in Durham, as missed opportunities and contentious decisions befell Redcar Athletic.

It was a tale of two headers as far as West Auckland were concerned, as Will Constantin and Joel Scott nodded home to overturn Matty Tymon’s early opener.

Redcar were twice gifted the opportunity to level from the spot, a late lifeline which both Isaac Walker, and Liam Jarvie, uncharacteristically failed to profit from.

The defeat continued an unenviable record at Darlington Road, a ground from which the Steelmen have never found joy, and where once again, the red card was brandished as tempers flared.

Before the drama and ill-temperament – as the lights flickered into life and the whistle blew – it was Athletic who saw the brighter start.

An early footballing move down the right fashioned the perfect opening for Liam Jarvie, whose attempt to recreate his curler at the weekend proved a touch too high.

Matty Tymon was then the man to slot Redcar in front, picking out the far bottom corner from range with a devastating low drive.

The early dominance proved expectedly short-lived, as an outfit of the calibre of West Auckland Town are never to be out-played for long.

Jack Norton was forced into a remarkable triple save come the 20 minute mark, reacting quickly to deny the forward duo of Joel Scott and Stephen Walker in a goalmouth scramble.

A rather hopeful effort from Joey Hope kept the shot-stopper on his toes as the half wore on, whilst Wayne Whitfield’s bending free kick needed a touch to divert it safely around the post.

At the other end, former Redcar man Ben Dale almost added to his tally in red and navy, as he stabbed Joe Thompson’s cross frighteningly close to his own goal.

Perhaps fairly on reflection, West netted their leveller on the stroke of the interval, as Will Constantin nodded home unmarked from Whitfield’s pinpoint delivery.

The midfielder again proved the provider as the home side took the initiative, floating the ball into a dangerous area, from which Joel Scott found the net from Stephen Walker’s tidy flick-on.

Anthony Bell was almost responsible for producing an instant response, as his drilled effort forced a scrambling stop from Nick Liversedge, before Jarvie’s follow-up met a sea of yellow shirts.

The Steelmen’s frustrations were beginning to build as the night wore on, with James Sayer pushed in the area to earn the first of a possible four potential spot kicks, from which Isaac Walker couldn’t convert.

The miss proved destabilising for a reeling Redcar side, as contentious decisions continued to go the way of West Auckland, and emotions began to climb.

Rising tensions reached a head in the dying embers of the match, as a slightly rogue challenge from Anthony Bell saw the captain dismissed, whilst an even more reckless challenge on Joe Thompson left Whitfield with no repercussions.

At this point, the referee had lost total control of the tie, as flashpoints ensued, none more poignant than after a rather questionable booking for James Sayer, which saw Matty Tymon sin binned.

A lone nine men on the field, Redcar still proved hungry for a leveller, and were gifted the greatest possible opportunity in the form of a second spot kick, which Liam Jarvie found Liversedge equal to.

There was still time for one last bout of controversy, as both Dave Onions and Gary Forster were shown the red card after the final whistle, with both left furious by dubious reasoning.

Attendance: 177

Line-Up: Norton, McNeill (Hall 89’), Thompson, Kenney (Sayer 57’), Guru, Wheatley, Walker (Watts 80’), Fletcher, Jarvie, Tymon, Bell

Next Match: North Shields (a) | Saturday 30th September 2023


26/09/20237:30 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12023/24


Wanted Stadium, Darlington Road, DL14 9AQ
Wanted Stadium, Darlington Road, West Auckland, County Durham. DL14 9AQ, UK
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