Four games unbeaten, Redcar Athletic travel to Crook Town’s famous Millfield Ground, in search of number five.

Redcar’s final away trip last season, Millfield was scheduled to be their first destination in the new campaign.

Monsoon rain had other ideas, as the match fell foul to the weather on the second day in August, much to the disbelief of… well, everyone.

Fortunes have drastically improved since the unlikely postponement, as the Steelmen make the trip to Durham looking to continue an unbeaten run, as opposed to finding a response to a hefty opening day defeat.

Still, Crook pose just as much of a threat, looking for a fourth win in a row tonight, including an eight goal demolition of the struggling Tow Law Town.

Here’s everything you need to know about matchday number two, take two…

WHO ARE YA?

Founded in 1889, Crook are perhaps the most well-known team to feature in the Northern League.

Steeped in history, the club have enjoyed many successful foreign tours, including to Barcelona to support football in Catalonia, as well as boasting a number of domestic successes.

The Black and Ambers are five times champions of the Northern League, most recently in 1963, whilst more significantly raising the FA Amateur Cup a remarkable five times too.

The Millfield Ground. (Photo: Crook Town FC official website)

Crook play their football at the historic Millfield Ground, which has seen a catalogue of large crowds line it’s antiquated terraces.

The prestigious stadium now holds a lone 1’500 spectators, but once regularly sported attendances above 10’000, with their record crowd coming against Walton and Hersham in 1952, as 17’500 watched a goalless draw in the fourth round of the FA Amatuer Cup.

LAST TIME OUT

The Steelmen last visited Millfield at the back end of last season, where a 4-2 victory left the door open for a spot in the top six on the final day.

Sonni Coleman opened the scoring, finding the net after just 22 seconds to stun the hosts, before Danny Boyle’s brace took the tally to three at half time.

Crook looked to mount a late resurgance, with Craig Moody inspiring a second half double to make for a nervous final ten minutes.

Fortunately, Craig Hutchinson had other ideas, dampening the hosts’ spirits with a stoppage time insurance goal, to seal all three points for the travelling Reds.

Isaac Walker nets a hat-trick to sink Crook Town at Green Lane. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

At Green Lane, the Black and Ambers’ early endeavours proved futile after the introduction of Isaac Walker.

Crook led by two goals to one when Isaac Walker replaced the injured Eliot Duff, with the forward notching a treble off the bench to sink the struggling visitors.

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CURRENT FORM

Four games unbeaten, Redcar visit the Sir Tom Cowie Millfield ground on the back of a first league triumph over West Allotment Celtic.

Isaac Walker twice found the target, either side of a spectacular sweeping finish from Danny Boyle, whilst Layton Watts opened his competitive account for the club from the penalty spot.

Matty Tymon challenging for the ball. (Photo: Graeme Jackson)

In the home side’s camp, it’s all eyes on a fourth successive victory, following two narrow wins over Penrith and Tow Law.

The Lawyers also proved Crook’s opponents in the Isuzu FA Vase, where they were put to the sword in an eight goal thumping at Millfield, on a confidence boosting afternoon.

TEAM NEWS

Still no chance of a return for either Donny Holdsworth, or Joe Ferguson, Gary Forster has the same pool of players to pick from as at the weekend.

Matty Tymon clinched the Man of the Match award for his efforts against Celtic, and is likely to lead the line once more, with Walker and Jarvie set to accompany him.

A number of players face a suspension looming due to accumulation of yellow cards, with Bell facing a match on the sideline after just one more booking.

Nathan Guru and Layton Watts are two other players who need to keep their wits about them, both sitting on three bookings from the opening six games. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FINDING MILLFIELD

For fans attending tonight’s encounter, the Sir Tom Cowie Millfield Ground can be found using the postcode DL15 9PW.

ADMISSION

Gates will open at 6:00pm, ahead of a 7:30pm kick-off, with admission priced at £7 for adults, and £4 for concessions.

FOOD AND DRINK

Only Foods and Sauces, Crook’s famous food kiosk, will be open as normal, serving their coveted Black and Amber burger to fans before, and during the game.

There is also a bar at the foot of the terracing, which is open as usual, serving spectators with card, or cash.

REDCAR ATHLETIC MEMBERSHIP

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