The games come thick and fast for Redcar Athletic, who venture into the city of Newcastle.

It’s an away day top of many’s list of anticipation; this afternoon, the Steelmen do battle with like-minded community club, Heaton Stannington.

A cosy ground often packed to the brim, nestled just outside the city centre, Grounsell Park is more than a fortress, with Redcar tasked with sinking the ‘Stan’ on their home turf for the first time since opening day.

Still, Redcar can travel to the ‘heart of High Heaton’ with a small spring in their step, three wins from five under the mast of Carl Jarrett, and two in quick succession.

The Steelmen left it late to see off a young North Shields side last weekend, following up the confidence boosting result with a place in the WOODSmith Construction Senior Cup final four.

Here’s everything you need to know as Redcar Athletic face down Heaton Stannington…

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WHO ARE YA?

Heaton Stannington

Nestled in the centre of High Heaton, ‘The Stan’ are a club with years under the belt, but enjoying their most potent success in the current day.

The club was officially formed in 1910, but records show they were in existence as early as 1903.

Heaton have played at their current base, Grounsell Park, since as early as 1935, with a minor scare in the early 80s over failed plans to replace the ground with a supermarket.

In the present day, Stannington have made a name for themselves as a community club, attracting crowds beyond their stature, and forming a tight-knit unit between team and supporter.

Joe Street, photographer at the club, told our programme editor, Ash Stone: “The club itself works closely with a number of community groups, and there’s a real sense that it is now at the heart of High Heaton.

“There’s a real buzz about the place. Long may it continue!”

DID YOU KNOW: Based in High Heaton, the football club takes its name from the Stannington Avenue area of the district.

CURRENT FORM

There’s no doubt about it, this afternoon’s contest is a tough ask for Redcar Athletic.

A winning double at Green Lane, a clean sheet on Tuesday night, and a energetic Layton Watts firing under new management, the Steelmen’s fortunes are certainly looking up, yet toppling the wave of success of Heaton Stannington may still be a challenge too far.

Building for next season, Redcar face down an outfit fit to scrap it out in the playoffs this year, flirting on the fringes of the promotion fight, but with a gargantuan amount of fixtures still to play.

In February, Heaton have lost a lone contest, falling short at Heritage Park after a worthy effort, otherwise sinking West Auckland Town, and Birtley, two sides sure to join them in and around the top five.

LAST TIME OUT

It’s certainly been advantage Heaton since the Steelmen last ran out at Grounsell Park.

A 2-1 victory under the reign of Steve Connolly, Redcar have twice since been stunned at home by the Newcastle-based outfit, once by a more than undesirable margin.

As the curtains raised on the 2023/24 season, and Redcar continued to subvert expectations, Heaton inflicted a tough defeat on home soil, facing very little in the way of a fight.

Athletic rolled over in the face of a spirited Stannington side, mustering a lone response in the form of a forced own goal.

Still, matters could be worse, the season before, Heaton struck five…

TEAM NEWS

The return of Adam Wheatley proved a more than welcome boost for Carl Jarrett on Tuesday evening.

A stalwart in the heart of defence, Adam reclaimed his place in the team following a lengthy stint on the sidelines, suffering a broken foot in November in a hard-fought stalemate at Shildon’s Dean Street.

His return leaves just Danny Boyle and Anthony Bell on sick bay, with both likely to miss the majority – if not all – of the current campaign.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

It’s off to the Toon this afternoon. Care to join us? 

FINDING 'GROUNSELL PARK'

Nestled in the centre of High Heaton, Grounsell Park can be found using the postcode NE7 7HP.

Fans are reminded that certain journeys to the ground may incorporate a toll charge, should you drive through the Tyne Tunnell.

ADMISSION

Admission into Grounsell Park is priced at £7 for adults and £4 for concessions, whilst those under-16 go free

Gates will open around 1:30pm, ahead of kick-off at 3pm.

A matchday programme will be available at the turnstile for this fixture.

TRAVEL

There’s still time to book your seat on our team coach to Heaton Stannington. 

If you fancy joining us, contact kevfryett@hotmail.com, but hurry, time is fast running out.

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