Another crucial contest on the road, as Redcar seek vengeance on an opening day disaster.

Kindling newfound optimism, fuelled by a winning double at Green Lane, weekend defeat to Heaton Stannington left the door ajar for bleak despair to seep back in.

As a whole, it’s a season of relative dismay for the Steelmen, promising so much, yet delivering so little.

The route of such turmoil: a 4-1 home defeat on opening day, and Birtley Town the tormentor. 

Tonight, with Carl Jarrett at the helm, and the gears of a new era beginning to turn, Redcar have a chance to take revenge on the ground zero of disaster.

Play-off chasing, and riding the wave of a promotion season riddled with success, Birtley are not a simple ask – as proven in July – but as football so often transpires, they are far from infallible.

Here’s everything you need to know as Birtley Town’s Arrowmark Hone Improvements Stadium becomes destination number fourteen in the Northern League…

WHO ARE YA?

WHO ARE YA?

Birtley Town

A club whose Northern League roots date back to its very inception, Birtley Town boast a deep history not too dissimilar from that of the division’s giants.

The Hoops featured in the league’s very first season in 1889, proving victorious in its inaugural match against Elswick Rangers (Birtley Town 4-1 Elswick Rangers).

A move to the North Eastern League in 1926 reaped little success, with the club opting to join the Wearside League in advance of what became the Second World War.

Having withdrawn from the league sometime after the global conflict, the Birtley Town that exists today was reformed in 1993.

The side have featured at Birtley Sports Complex since such time, with regular work and development carried out on the grounds denoting promotion back to the Northern League in just 2018.

Since, a startling season in Division Two paved the way for promotion, sinking Billingham Town in a tight play-off final affair to mark their first season at step five in the club’s extensive history.

DID YOU KNOW: Birtley Town FC was formed as simply Birtley FC, remaining as such until after the Second World War, and retaining the suffix when reformed in 1993

CURRENT FORM

Two wins to boot at Green Lane, Saturday’s bitter defeat tarnished momentum heading into yet another difficult contest.

With the Steelmen marred by both a ‘lack of quality’ and lesser desire, Heaton Stannington breezed to three points, guided by the emphatic treble of Andy Burn.

A deafening result, both after a string of wins and in the context of the season, it’s up to Carl Jarrett to raise the spirit of his squad this evening, and how better than with revenge over the side that kick-started the turmoil. 

A strong side nonetheless, I’m sure Birtley didn’t brutalise their competition 8-1 on Saturday…

Birtley Town brutalised Tow Law Town by eight goals to one on Saturday, consolidating their place in the play-offs, albeit despite Heaton Stannington’s bulk of games yet to play.

Thought by many to drop off after an early surge in Division One, the Hoops retained their momentum, sitting pretty in fourth, and grinding out results week on week.

Having bettered West Auckland Town, Whitley Bay, and Penrith since the turn of the year, it’s fair to say this evening’s favourites don’t play in red and navy.

LAST TIME OUT

An unhappy opening day for Redcar Athletic.

It’s no secret, this season has been far from a success for the infant Steelmen, and such misery began right as the curtains raised.

A quarter of an hour in to a season littered with promise, hope and expectation, Redcar were three in arrears to newly-promoted Birtley Town, a spirited outfit showing no sign of relief.

Captain Alex Francis took the plaudits for opening the floodgates, as defensive ineptitudes offered the hoops a further double by the break.

Joe Thompson lashed home a goal of the season contender to present the Steelmen a sliver of hope, soon dashed as the visiting Greens settled the result from the penalty spot.

TEAM NEWS

A rare occurrence in a chaotic, yet anti-climactic season: tonight offers no changes to the squad at Carl Jarrett’s disposal.

Almost treat to an unhindered selection, the Redcar boss will be without Danny Boyle and Anthony Bell, who face long stints on the sidelines.

Isaac Walker and Donny Holdsworth are also unlikely to feature, in light of their respective transfer requests.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Right then, who’s joining us on the fringes of Gateshead this evening?

FINDING 'THE ARROWMARK HOME IMPROVEMENTS STADIUM’

Situated not too far from the inner facets of Gateshead, and just a short distance from Chester-le-Street, Birtley is a small town just south of the Tyne.

The Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium, also known as Birtley Sports Complex, can be found not far off the A1(M), using the postcode DH3 2QW.

ADMISSION

Admission into The Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium is priced at £6 for adults and £4 for concessions, whilst those under-18 enter for just £2

For accompanied under-16s, entrance to the ground will be free.

Gates will open around 6pm, ahead of kick-off at 7:30pm.

TRAVEL

There’s still time to book your seat on our team coach to Birtley this evening.

If you fancy joining us, contact kevfryett@hotmail.com, but hurry, time is fast running out.

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