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Whitley Bay vs Redcar Athletic



Whitley Bay 1-1 Redcar Athletic

Whitley: Patrick Almond (19’)

Steelmen: Curtis Round (30’)

The ten-men of Redcar Athletic held out under pressure, as the spoils were shared at a blustery Hillheads Park.

Ahead through the deflected strike of Patrick Almond, Whitley Bay ceded the lead to a simple finish from Curtis Round.

The dismissal of Brad Mills fuelled a late tirade on the Redcar goal, but one aptly dealt with come the relief of the final whistle, and to just reward.

Faced with a diminished squad yet again, Carl Jarrett opted for a pair of changes to the eleven, facilitating returns for both Mark Anderson, and Anthony Bell.

Marked by harsh conditions, Whitley Bay saw the better of what became a physical contest, perhaps best described by a vicious challenge on Joe Ferguson inside the opening ten minutes.

The Tynesiders were quick to chip away at Callum Roberts’ goal, Elliot Day twice denied by desperate lunges, first Nathan Guru, then Charlie Graham.

From such, the forward’s corner delivery offered Patrick Almond the first sight at goal, his deflected effort taken past a forlorn Callum Roberts, and destined for the far corner.

Redcar Athletic soon found their own invite to the party, Jack Blackford the first to test Dan Lister, curling into the shot-stopper’s grateful grasp from the edge of the area.

Dale Hopson’s long ball proved more troublesome for the home side, Adam Boyes quick to knock the play past Lister, Curtis Round on hand in the centre to find an unmarked goal.

Level as play resumed, strong winds suddenly proved problematic for the Steelmen, penned into the defensive third under sustained pressure.

Lewis Suddick rose to head wide, Jos Storr rifled over the bar from deep, and Elliot Day drew a match-first save from Callum Roberts with a driven effort from the flank.

Desperate to survive the onslaught, a lazy challenge from Brad Mills brought matters into disrepute, the fullback given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

In the face of a man disadvantage, the Steelmen’s resolve was unwavering, and perhaps bolstered by a dash of poor finishing from the Bay.

Lewis Suddick missed a gilt-edged chance to mark the hosts’ dominance from close range, Andrew Cartwright too striking the woodwork with a swerving strike from deep.

Callum Roberts was forced to dive at full stretch to tip Jos Storr’s venemous free kick away and to safety, Finlay Neary rattling the upright yet again on a drive inside from the right flank.

Play devolving into desperation from both sides, a scramble at the death looked set to spark late drama.

Handball appeals, blocks, ambitious lunges, and to top it off, a save from none other than Callum Roberts.

Attendance: 402

Line-Up: Roberts, Mills (sent off 63’), Ferguson, Hopson (Evans 77’), Guru, Graham, Blackford, Bell (Harrison 82’), Boyes, Anderson, Round

Next Match: Bishop Auckland (h) | Tuesday 9th April 2024



06/04/20243:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12023/24


Hillheads Park, Whitley Bay, NE25 8HR
Hillheads Park, Rink Way, off Hillheads Road, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear. NE25 8HR, UK
Thursday 25th April, 19:30BM Bi Fold Stadium, Green Lane, TS10 3RW
Redcar Athletic
0 : 4
Bishop Auckland
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