A Teesside derby on the Redcar seafront.

Despondent to have fallen short of a place in the playoffs, Boro Rangers visit BM Bi-Fold Green Lane in the penultimate match of the season.

Two sides separated by barely 11 miles, local pride will be almost all there is to fight for this evening, barring the obvious need for revenge.

Boro Rangers inflicted a rather humiliating defeat on a threadbare Redcar Athletic side, WOODSmith Construction Senior Cup dreams left in tatters come the hour mark in a one-sided semifinal.

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Whilst no less of a tough ask, tonight, the Steelmen will have a different eleven to boot, and thus, a very different result in mind.

Here’s our round-up of all the key details heading in to the penultimate match of the 2023/24 season…

WHO ARE YA?

WHO ARE YA?

Boro Rangers

Formed in 2003, Boro Rangers have occupied the senior footballing pyramid for as little as nine years.

In such time, the club have known nothing but success, seven straight North Riding Premier League titles brought to an end by a fairytale promotion, and a double one at that.

Division Two proved the briefest of stops for the Middlesbrough outfit. Rangers topped the league at the first time of asking, defeating title rivals Horden CW on the final day of the season to lift the coveted trophy.

Now plying their trade in Division One, the club opened the doors to their new home on Lacy Road during the month of October.

The ground boasts a £500’000, state-of-the-art 3G pitch, and also houses the well-esteemed T6 academy, in which Steelmen coach Dave McTiernan is involved.

DID YOU KNOW: Now relocated to Phoenix Park, the ground is the first to host Northern League football in Middlesbrough for over 100 years. 

CURRENT FORM

It’s back to winning ways for Redcar Athletic.

Venturing into the centre of Newcastle on one last outing of the season, goals from Kevin Burgess and Adam Boyes proved enough to topple a struggling Newcastle Benfield.

The result marks a second win in just three games, the loss sandwiched in the middle a bitter 2-0 defeat at the hands of playoff contenders, Birtley Town.

For Boro Rangers, good form has had a purpose, which as of last night, has been left shattered.

An outside chance of a playoff place, Rangers relied on Birtley Town dropping points, only for the Hoops to seal the spot as their own with a 2-1 win over North Shields.

LAST TIME OUT

Perhaps, the less said the better.

Faced with a mass availability crisis, Carl Jarrett was forced to field a makeshift eleven, comprised of both talented youth stars and experienced utility men.

The disjointed mix worked well inside 45 minutes, offering a good account of themselves, and perhaps deserving of more to boot come Stuart Rose’s opportunistic opener.

Once the floodgates opened, the match was all but over as a contest, Rose adding a further double to wrap up his hat-trick, as two sensational finishes from Callum Hickman and Harry Thompson took the tally to five.

TEAM NEWS

In the face of a continuing injury crisis, Redcar Athletic are to be without a number of key players for this evenings contest.

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With Adam Wheatley, Liam O’Sullivan and Danny Boyle confirmed out for the season, Mark Anderson joined the list having pulled up last week against Birtley Town.

Charlie Graham also missed Saturday’s bout in Newcastle, but as of now, it is unclear whether the defender will feature again in the current season.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Joining us on the Redcar seafront this evening? Here’s some of the key details you need 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. 

ADMISSION

Affordable football for all, admission into BM Bi-Fold Green Lane is priced at £7 for adults, £4 for concessions, and £2 for those under the age of 16.

Those who represent the club’s junior section are admitted for free through our membership scheme, although a supervising adult is requested in order for the deal to stand.

PARKING

This evening, Green Lane is host to a number of rearranged junior fixtures, in addition to our senior offering, so parking at the ground may be limited leading up to kick off.

The club would like to remind fans that a number of car parks exist within walking distance of Green Lane, and to please park respectfully in courtesy of our neighbours.

WHAT’S ON?

From live music to mouth-watering ‘Footy Scran,’ find out what’s on offer at Green Lane this afternoon…

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