Green Lane opens its doors once more, as the Steelmen welcome Heaton Stannington for midweek football.

For important matchday information, please see bottom of article.

On the back of a dramatic first point on Friday night, Redcar Athletic are back on home turf, with an even tougher opponent.

The Stan enjoyed a successful first season in Division One of the Northern League, finishing in a respectable eighth place, whilst clinching an empahtic victory here at Green Lane.

Wheatley and O'Sullivan celebrate Friday night's opening goal. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

Redcar come into the clash on the lesser form, with a point against Northallerton their first result of the season.

The Steelmen will feel slightly disheartened to have only taken a point from the match, but there was certainly signs of improvement, with a 101st minute equaliser sure to create a much-needed boost to morale.

“I feel we are miles still away from where we are going to get to,” Gary Forster admitted, “but once we get there, I do think we are going to be a force to be reckoned with.”

Here’s an overview of tonight’s midweek football…

WHO ARE YA?

Nestled in the centre of High Heaton, The Stan are a club with years under the belt, but enjoying their most successful era 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 the potential building of a supermarket on said land.

In the present day, Stannington have made a name for themselves as a proper 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!”

The two clubs share a lot of the same goals and ambitions, and Redcar Athletic look forward to welcoming them to the seafront this evening.

SCOUT REPORT

Heaton Stannington have managed to keep a handle on continuity within the squad, with their turnover one of the lowest in the league.

Manager Dean Nicholson boasts a real unit, who have played together for a long time, with a number of new additions to strengthen around the spine.

We’ve taken a look at a number of players who may be on Gary Forster’s mind to look out for this evening…

JORDAN LASHLEY

Jordan joined the Stan midway through last season, having previously played for Ashington in the year before.

If the name sounds at all familiar, that’s because the young forward once came off the bench at Green Lane, in the white and black of the Colliers, and scored four times…

Lashley has since faced off against the Steelmen once more, in which he claimed an assist in the dying embers.

KONNER LAMB

Quick, clever, and technically gifted, Konner is a player often amongst the goals for the travelling side.

The forward scored against Redcar at Green Lane last season, and put on a terrific performance in doing so.

CRAIG SCOTT

One of Heaton’s new additions, Craig is a steadfast centre-back with years of experience at a higher level.

Captain at Dunston before his move to the Stan, ‘Scotty’ is essentially the Adam Wheatley of the Newcastle outfit.

SEAN REID

Stannington’s other flagship addition, Reid joins from Hebburn Town, and brings a great deal of quality to their midfield. 

Sean has previously featured for Darlington, Morpeth Town, and Bylth Spartans…

Coming to Green Lane tonight?

You can read more about Heaton Stannington’s standout performers in our matchday programme, By the Sea.

LAST TIME OUT

Heaton Stannington’s last visit to Green Lane was the first home match of Gary Forster’s tenure, which didn’t get off to the greatest start.

You can torture yourself reading about the match by clicking the link below.

REPORT | Redcar Athletic 2-5 Heaton Stannington

Sonni Coleman adds a consolation goal against Heaton Stannington. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

The Steelmen fared much better in the earlier meeting, as Isaac Walker and Jordan Rivis made the scoresheet in a 2-1 victory at Grounsell Park.

Isaac’s composed finish gifted Redcar an early lead, before Heaton restored parity shortly after the restart.

A towering header from Jordan Rivis clinched the three points for the travelling reds, with the former-Athletic midfielder given the Man of the Match award for his endeavours.

TEAM NEWS

Friday night’s result is likely to play in role in Forster’s team selection for this evening, with some standout players sure to keep their spot in the side.

Young Middlesbrough loanee Nathan Fisher was one who impressed the most on his debut, bringing a confidence and authority beyond his years to the Steelmen’s backline.

Goalkeeper Nathan Fisher on debut. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

The shot-stopper is likely to be joined at the back by Man of the Match winner, Nathan Guru, whose solid performance in place of Daryll Hall caught the eye of many.

On the injury front, Joe Ferguson has undergone surgery on his long-term issue, with the operation a success.

The midfielder has been given a 7-8 week recovery time, before Gary can begin his intergration into the squad.

Donny Holdsworth remains on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

From parking to admission, here’s all of your matchday information ahead of tonight’s encounter with Heaton Stannington.

PARKING

Due to junior demand, parking in the club’s official car park is likely to be limited.

Fans are advised that public parking is available on the Stray, at Headlands Public Car Park, which is just a short walk from the ground.

Redcar Rugby Club have also kindly opened up their car park for spectators, and will charge £2 for a space.

Fans are urged not to park on the grass, or around our residential streets, to keep disruption of our neighbours to a minimum.

ADMISSION

Fans can begin to make their way through the turnstiles at 6:00pm this evening, ahead of kick-off at 7:30pm.

Entry will cost £7 for adults, £4 for concessions, and £2 for u16s.

Those with membership passes should enter through the main turnstile.

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Our new and improved ‘By the Sea’ matchday programme will be on sale as usual at the ground, and can be purcahsed from the turnstile for just £2.

Tonight’s edition includes our new segment, Points of View, in which programme editor Ash Stone sat down with Joe Street and Gary Done of Stan Army to discuss their start to the season.

THE STEELMEN'S

The Steelmen’s bar will be open as usual, serving drinks before, during, and after the match.

Fans are advised that the bar is currently operating as a card only venue.

LIVE MUSIC

Harry Hailey makes his triumphant return to Green Lane this evening, and will be providing the tunes to accompany our matchday experience.

FOOD BANK

The club are once again collecting for the Redcar Area Food Bank, and any donations are both welcome and appreciated.

We hope fans of both the Steelmen and the Stan can get behind this initiative tonight, and help make both our area and our nation a better place. 

SMOKIN' JOE'S

Fancy a bite to eat?

Smokin’ Joe’s will once again be serving up their pop-up barbecue from their tent in our fanzone.

Their food has caused quite a stir this weekend on FootyScran, so why not come down and check it out?

REDCAR ATHLETIC MEMBERSHIP

Become a member of Redcar Athletic Football CLub, and book your place at Green Lane for the 2023/24 season.

Find out more: Redcar Athletic Membership

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