Redcar Athletic visit Crook Town's famous Millfield Ground, looking to steady the ship after a shock opening day defeat.

This fixture has now been postponed. A new date will follow in due course.

With a tough loss to recently promoted Birtley Town close in the rear view mirror, the Steelmen open their travels for the new campaign exactly where they left off.

The Black and Ambers’ staged Redcar’s final away trip last season, where a 4-2 victory left Gary Forster’s squad a chance at top six on the closing day.

Tonight, three points is just as important, as Athletic look to put their weekend frustrations behind them, and mount a push up the table.

Here’s everything you need to know about matchday number 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.

CURRENT FORM

For Redcar, it was certainly a poor start to an eagerly anticipated season.

Birtley Town left Green Lane with a 4-1 victory, with Joe Thompson’s spectacular strike Athletic’s only consolation.

Joe Thompson let's fly from range. (Photo: Peter Milburn)

Tonight’s hosts, Crook Town, were on the road for their curtain-raiser, facing their historic rivals, Bishop Auckland, at Heritage Park.

The Bishops are another club, like Redacr, tipped for the Northern League title, but only salvaged a point with a late strike, after Crook looked to steal all three points heading into stoppage time.

Whilst the late equaliser marred what should have been a great point, Crook put in a brilliant performance to deny Auckland their perfect start, and will pose a tough test for the Steelmen in this evening’s encounter.

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, but fortunately Craig Hutchinson stepped up at the right time to dampen the hosts’ spirits with a stoppage time insurance goal.

Read the report: Crook Town 2-4 Redcar Athletic

TEAM NEWS

Changes are to be expected tonight, as Gary Forster looks to recover from the weekend’s shock defeat.

The boss has almost a full squad at his disposal, with only Donny Holdsworth, Oscar Fletcher and Joe Ferguson unavailable through injury.

Jack Norton’s dismissal leaves the shot-stopper suspended for the time being, so young Matty Pattison is likely to feature between the sticks this evening, with a full strength defence in front of him, as Nathan Guru returns from holiday.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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

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