Redcar Athletic's return to Northern League action brings the famous Crook Town to Green Lane.

Four games to go on the comfort of home soil, and a bitter cup exit close in the rear view mirror, the Steelmen have much to do to end the season on a positive note.

Whilst a push for the play-offs is more than out of the question, but the threat from below is minimal, Redcar have little of physical value to play for, but momentum to take into next season.

First Team boss Carl Jarrett admitted this afternoon’s bout with Crook Town is one of great challenge to his threadbare side, but as always, there would be no shortage of endeavour.

Keen to thank the fans for their efforts in what’s been of his tenure, Jarrett admitted he wanted to end the campaign on a high, to give the twelfth man something to cheer about.

The boss pleaded with supporters to turn out and pack the terraces, to cheer his squad on to the best possible finish, perhaps reap the rewards in 2025.

Here’s everything you need to know as the Steelmen take to Green Lane for one last Saturday in 2023/24…

WHO ARE YA?

WHO ARE YA?

Crook Town

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

Steeped in history, the club have enjoyed many a successful foreign tour – including once 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 raised the FA Amateur Cup a remarkable five times too.

Crook play their football at the historic Millfield Ground, a site which has seen swathes 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 the record coming against Walton and Hersham in 1952, as 17’500 watched a goalless draw in the fourth round of the FA Amatuer Cup.

DID YOU KNOW: Without wanting to tempt fate, Redcar Athletic have never lost to Crook Town. Since the Steelmen’s promotion in 2021, five encounters have produced a streak of five straight wins.

CURRENT FORM

From six games unbeaten to three without win, perhaps injuries have finally caught up with Carl Jarrett’s men.

Celebrating five straight wins on the comfort of home soil, a disappointing defeat to Carlisle City – admittedly a side deserving of their spoils – brought the momentum crashing down.

Ravaged by injury and a mass selection crisis, the Steelmen too tumbled out of the WOODSmith Construction Senior Cup, a result that was expected, but a scoreline that was not.

On the opposite side of the halfway line, Crook are a side littered with success, but still searching for silverware in the modern era.

The famous Black and Ambers have enjoyed a fruitful campaign, told by Carl Jarrett to be a side more than tough to beat.

One point behind the Steelmen, but with three games more to play, victory on the Redcar seafront for the travelling Durham outfit would most likely spell a spot in the top half of the table.

LAST TIME OUT

Behind after half an hour, Redcar Athletic surged back to take the spoils on a mild evening at the famous Sir Tom Cowie Millfield Ground.

It was an unfortunate own goal which put the Steelmen on the backfoot, an awkward deflection off an intervening Daryll Hall.

Isaac Walker popped up with a brace by the half to steady the ship, a stellar team move gifting Danny Boyle an insurance goal on a plate on the hour.

Forward Liam Jarvie stroked home an incisive ball from Anthony Bell to wrap up the scoring, marking what the Steelmen believed to be the start of a climb up the league table.

TEAM NEWS

In a word. Threadbare.

Injuries have ravaged Carl Jarrett’s squad as the season ebbs towards a hectic end.

The boss is without a whole host of key players this afternoon, once again missing the likes of Adam Wheatley, Danny Boyle and Mark Anderson.

To make matters worse, Brad Mills hobbled off the field on Tuesday night, victim to a second minute horror challenge which may inhibit his contribution for the rest of the campaign.

Of course, new arrivals do ease the burden of such absences, Nathan Dale, Max Storey and Louis Evans to name just a few. 

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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