It’s semifinal day at Green Lane!

As the WOODSmith Construction North Riding Senior Cup draws to a close, Redcar Athletic find themselves one game away from history.

Never before contesting the county cup final, the Steelmen have a real chance to define an otherwise ambivalent season this evening, but not one that will come easily. 

Before even considering Boro Rangers – an outfit built on masses of persistence, with a team spirit like no other – Redcar have to overcome more than a few selection difficulties.

From a quintet of players forced to watch from the sidelines due to ‘cup-ties,’ to a further five nursing long-term injuries, the Steelmen’s XI this evening has been long called into question.

Here’s everything you need to know as the threadbare Steelmen take on Boro Rangers for a place in the Senior Cup final…

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, clinching promotion to the North Riding Premier Division in their inaugural campaign, and claiming a sensational seven straight league titles.

Rangers’ monopoly over the North Riding met a welcome end last season, as a successful application for promotion propelled the club into the Northern League.

Division Two proved the briefest of stops, as Boro topped the league at the first time of asking, courtesy of a final day victory over title rivals, Horden.

Plying their trade in Division One this season, 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

Now certainly isn’t a good time for form to dip.

Five games unbeaten on the comfort of home soil, six overall, a goalless stalemate on the Seaham coast, and a spirited performance from the Cumbrians scuppered such momentum.

A first loss in seven, Carlisle City stood solid at the back in the face of relentless pressure, and as the Steelmen failed to capitalise on their authority, Dan Kirkup struck the fatal blow.

A side of very different fortunes across the season as a whole, Boro Rangers are still siding a wave of momentum from their North Riding League come up.

Promoted in their very first Division Two campaign, Rangers are vying for a place in the playoffs, looking to continue their record of silverware every season.

Squeezing past Redcar Town and Pickering Town to be here with us at Green Lane this evening, Boro Rangers are far beyond a stern test, especially for such a threadbare side.

LAST TIME OUT

A Boxing Day stalemate, as two sides of equal stature competed in a festive classic.

Donny Holdsworth – now of West Auckland – opened the affair, poking the ball across the line from a scramble to mark an end-to-end first half.

Danny Lofts restored parity not too long after play resumed, before Redcar’s Whitby Town loanee Lewis Ritson towered high to glance home a plush header at the back post.

After the dismissal of Joe Ferguson, the Steelmen still maintained total authority, hit with a sucker-punch at the death as Danny Lofts levelled the affair once again.

WOODSmith Construction Senior Cup: Click here to read the report as the Steelmen saw off Richmond Town in the quarterfinals.

TEAM NEWS

Perhaps the section of the upmost interest to many, a high volume of players cup-tied has brought into question the Steelmen’s ability to even field a side this evening.

Of course, eleven men will take to the field tonight, and whoever they might be, it’s up to you, the twelfth man, to get behind them. 

As set out in the North Riding FA’s rules and regulations for the competition, no player can represent more than a single club in the same season.

Adam Boyes, Curtis Round, Kevin Burgess (also suspended) and Nathan Dale all featured for Markse United in a tight 4-3 victory over Yarm and Eaglescliffe, rendering them unavailable.

The quartet will be joined on the sidelines by Charlie Graham, a regular fixture in the Redcar defence, who donned the black and white of Northallerton Town against finalists in waiting, Whitby Town.

Of course, five absences doesn’t cripple a side, but injuries certainly do.

As Joe Ferguson returns, Adam Wheatley, Liam O’Sullivan, Danny Boyle, Anthony Bell and Mark Anderson all remain on the sidelines.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Joining us on the Redcar seafront for tonight’s semifinal? Here’s all the important details you’ll 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 Green Lane has been reduced this evening, just £6 for adults, whilst those eligible as a concession – OAPs – pay £3.

Those under-16 can gain entrance to the ground for a mere £2.

A matchday programme will also be on sale for just £2 at the turnstile.

PARKING

In courtesy of our neighbours, please park respectfully in designated car parks in the vicinity of Green Lane.

Redcar Rugby Club have kindly opened their car parking facilites to supporters, with spaces charged at just £2.

There is to be absolutely NO street parking.

WHAT’S ON?

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

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