It's Non League Day, and at last, the Steelmen are at home.

An afternoon dedicated to supporting and promoting the true beating heart of the beautiful game, for the first time in a number of years, Redcar Athletic will mark the occasion at Green Lane.

Carlisle City make the long trip east as the first of a quartet to visit the Redcar seafront in the next eight days, seeking to regain ground on the elusive top six, and rekindle their push for the playoffs.

In a vastly different season, Redcar Athletic now sit but one place behind the Cumbrians in the table, six games unbeaten, and with five straight successes on home soil to boot.

Here’s everything you need to know as the Steelmen take to Green Lane in what has the makings of a Non League Day classic…

WHO ARE YA?

WHO ARE YA?

Carlisle City

Nicknamed ‘The Sky Blues,’ Carlisle City were formed in 1975 by former Carlisle United players, George Walker and Ron Thompson, driven by providing a place for the ‘local lads’ to play.

Initially members of the Northern Football Alliance, City left to join the Northern Combination in 1987, after finishing bottom of the league in the 1986–87 season.

However, at the end of the following season – 1987–88 – the Combination merged into the Northern Alliance, with Carlisle rejoining to become one of the founding members of the new Division One.

In terms of honours, Carlisle City were crowned Northern Alliance Division One champions in 1991-92, and most recently gained promotion to the Ebac Northern League Division One after clinching the Division Two title in 2021-22.

DID YOU KNOW: Carlisle City’s record attendance is 708 in a friendly against near-neighbours Carlisle United on 8th July 2017.

CURRENT FORM

Five wins in a row on the Redcar seafront, six unbeaten overall, form is certainly on Redcar’s side heading in to a quartet of home games.

It’s certainly fair to say matters have taken an optimistic turn at Green Lane, with fans treat to successive triumphs on a level not seen before in an overtly inconsistent campaign.

Thirteen goals scored – and only two conceded – three clean sheets, twelve points and a date in the WOODSmith Construction Senior Cup semifinals to come within the week, it feels there is no stopping Redcar Athletic at on the comforts of home soil.

Vying for a spot in the playoffs, Carlisle City’s start to the season was nothing short of monumental, although bad habits seem to have crept in as of late.

The Sky Blues have fallen to the verge of the bottom half owing to a run of poor results, beaten in a seven goal thrashing at the hands of Whickham, whilst seeing further defeats to both Birtley and Guisborough.

Of course, their quality is not to be underestimated. Carlisle are a side where they are in relation to the playoffs on merit, and bound to return to winning ways before the season is out.

For the Steelmen’s sake, let’s hope that isn’t today!

LAST TIME OUT

A sucker-punch at the death.

That’s actually a theme that could be used to typify many a meet between the two sides, as the matter is rarely settled within ninety minutes.

A Donny Holdsworth free kick looked to be enough to snatch all three points as the Cumbrians last visited Green Lane, parity restored in the dying seconds by a desperate lunge from Dan Harvey.

The Steelmen’s trip to the Lake District this season followed much the same plot, but in reverse.

Trailing as the clock ticked over into additional time, Donny Holdsworth stood up to strike Redcar onto level terms, only for Jordan Holt to spell late heartbreak with a tidy finish in the dying seconds.

TEAM NEWS

Threadbare. That’s a word that has been thrown around somewhat under Carl Jarrett’s current selection crisis.

This afternoon, Mark Anderson, Joe Ferguson, Anthony Bell, Danny Boyle, Liam O’Sullivan and Adam Wheatley all miss out through injury, with some on the verge of a long-awaited return.

To make matters worse, Kevin Burgess received a three match suspension for his antics in a 2-1 victory over Whickham last week, the club captain now unavailable until a trip to Whitley Bay in the first week of April.

His defensive partner, Nathan Guru, also misses the action today, away on both planned and authorised absence for this match alone.

A small remedy, Nathan Dale is in line to make his debut this afternoon, signed in midweek to bolster options at the back, whilst Jack Harrison, Jack Williams and Louis Evans will likely make up good reserve on the bench.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Joining us on the Redcar seafront today? Here’s all of the boring details that may be of interest.

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 costs just £7 for adults, whilst those eligible as a concession – 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.

PARKING

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.

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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