Desperate to turn out a result, Redcar Athletic face the near infallible Bishop Auckland under the lights at Green Lane.
Carl Jarrett has faced a tough start to life on the Redcar seafront, and with a second bout against the league-leaders in just four games, it certainly isn’t about to get any easier.
Bishop Auckland were gifted an early triple just three weeks ago at Heritage Park, standing firm to see off a late resurgence and hand the new boss his first – but admittedly expected – defeat.
Tasked with rewriting Redcar’s fortunes in such a short window, one facet of the game Jarrett will be keen to improve is home form.
In the Northern League, the Steelmen have won a mere two on home turf, with cup competitions offering little more in the way of joy.
With a history of upsetting the titans of the division, and a squad rapidly on the rise, could tonight be the night for a bubbling Redcar Athletic?
Here’s everything you need to know as Bishop Auckland make up Carl Jarrett’s fourth match at the helm…
WHO ARE YA?
From unmatched glory in the FA Amateur Cup, to a deep history with the Northern League, Bishop Auckland are one of the more decorated clubs in the north east region.
Formed by theological students from Oxford and Cambridge Universities – studying at Auckland Castle – in 1882, the football club was originally bestowed Bishop Auckland Church Institute.
Come 1886, an internal conflict sparked the breakaway of a new club, Auckland Town, and from such upheaval, the Bishop Auckland that exists today evolved.
Founder members of the Northern League in 1889, Auckland Town took a short hiatus from the division after it’s inaugural season, but returned as Bishop Auckland four years down the line.
It was in the FA Amateur Cup that the Two Blues truly carved their legacy, first clinching the title with a 1-0 win over Royal Artillery Portsmouth.
In the years to come, Bishops repeated feat an incredulous ten times, finishing as runners-up in another seven.
Come the dissolution of the tournament in 1974, as Bishops Stortford sank Ilford by four goals to one, Auckland were presented a replica trophy, to commemorate their insurmountable record.
Four games played in 44 days, form isn’t really in question for Redcar Athletic.
A pitiful offering of valuable game time, the Steelmen have faced an impossibility to build any momentum, suffering the effects of harsh weather conditions.
To make matters worse, a midweek bout with Seaham Red Star this time last week was denied within minutes of kick-off: no doubt over the condition of the pitch, but a rare electrical failure to put paid to the floodlights.
When Carl Jarrett’s men have graced grass, it’s produced a mixed bag.
Adam Boyes rose to nod home a lone goal to sink Northallerton in the boss’s inaugural game, but since, defeats to Bishop Auckland and West Allotment Celtic have shown the magnitude of the task at hand.
It’s probably best not to discuss Bishop Auckland’s form…
Comfortably at the summit of Division One, the Bishops have lost only the one game all season, dropping points in a mere four on an unrelenting charge towards the Northern League title.
Chris Hardy’s men have won six from six since a 2-2 draw with Guisborough Town, including a 5-1 thrashing of their closest compatriots, Shildon.
Netting goals for fun, with Louis Johnson and Dean Thexton regular fixtures on the scoresheet, it’ll be more than a challenge from Stockton loanee Callum Roberts to keep the Two Blues at bay.
LAST TIME OUT
Just the second game in the tenure of Carl Jarrett, Redcar lost out to an abhorrent opening half hour at Heritage Park.
The Two Blues were sitting pretty at three goals up when the Steelmen began to surface, pulling within one thanks to a club first goal from Brad Mills and a tidy finish from Adam Boyes.
Still, a late resurgence was to be, as with mounting pressure, came gaps at the back, and Louis Johnson pounced on a swift breakaway.
There was a very different tale to be told the last time Bishops came to Green Lane.
A double from Holdsworth forced the Two Blues onto the back foot come the break, and despite a late resurgence courtesy of Wayne Whitfield, two late dismissals left the title dreams of the Durham outfit dented heading in the decisive run of the season.
With an away day double put to the wall, two new arrivals are in line to make their debuts on the hallowed turf this evening.
Jack Blackford, a talented winger with a legacy spanning Guisborough Town, Newton Aycliffe, and even Hartlepool United, could flank Adam Boyes up top.
The 25-year-old featured a number of times for the current Redcar coach at Mount Pleasant, before being offered game time on loan with his future parent club at the KGV Stadium.
A fellow Friday swoop, Charlie Graham could don the red and navy for a debut of his own.
The left-sided defender could be in some demand after the departure of the popular Joe Thompson.
Visiting us at Green Lane this evening? Here’s some information you might want to know…
FINDING BM BI-FOLD GREEN LANE
Nestled just off the coast road – with impeccable views out to sea, and across Cleveland – Green Lane sits off a residential road of the same name.
The ground can be found using the postcode TS10 3RW, just opposite the rugby and squash clubs at the foot of the street.
Affordable football for all, admission into Green Lane costs just £7 for adults, whilst those eligible as a concession – students and OAPs – pay £4.
Those under-16 can gain entrance to the ground for a mere £2, whilst members of the club’s junior section are admitted for free under their existing fees.
A matchday programme will also be on sale for just £2 at the turnstile.
In courtesy of our neighbours, please park respectfully in designated car parks in the vicinity of Green Lane.
There is to be absolutely NO street parking.
A hub of entertainment and a fantastic match day experience, there’s more than just football going on at Green Lane.
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