Redcar Athletic venture into the Toon for a would-be season finale with Newcastle Benfield.

Pencilled as the final day of the season, Newcastle Benfield play host to the Steelmen in a desperate hunt for better fortunes.

Eight successive league defeats, and a three point deduction to boot, the Lions are in need of a shred of luck to fall their way, just, hopefully, not today.

On the back of a midweek defeat to Birtley, Redcar Athletic are poised to bounce back, with a Green Lane double against two sides in line for promotion in wait before the season’s end.

A decimated squad, continuing woes in front of goal, and inconsistency across the campaign as a whole, let’s end it on a high. COME ON YOU STEELMEN!

Here’s everything you need to know as the Steelmen embark on one last venture across the North East region…

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WHO ARE YA?

Newcastle Benfield

Based in the Newcastle suburb of Walkergate – north of Walker proper – Brunswick Village FC joined the Northern Football Alliance in 1988.

In the space of just a year, the club experienced wholesale change, moving to their current home at Sam Smith’s Park, whilst adopting the Benfield name.

The Lions won the Northern Football Alliance Premier Division for the second time in 2003, earning back-to-back promotions to reside in the Northern League Division One, where they’ve since remained.

Benfield have once won the title in their 19 year stay, clinching a league-and-cup-double with two victories over a very sorry Penrith.

DID YOU KNOW: An 8-0 thumping of Newcastle Benfield at Green Lane this season was the Steelmen’s first head-to-head victory in the history of the two clubs.

CURRENT FORM

A first win in five at Green Lane last weekend, Tuesday night defeat to Birtley Town scuppered any chance of resurgent momentum.

Admittedly, injuries, a backlog of fixtures and other absences have made finishing the season strong rather challenging, but that isn’t to say the Steelmen are to be detered.

Jack Blackford looks ahead to Newcastle Benfield clash

Three games yet to play, two of which against teams still fighting for a chance at promotion – in different capacities – Carl Jarrett and his squad have the desire to win all three, and that starts today.

Forever a strong adversary to the Steelmen, Newcastle Benfield have struggled as the season peters out.

Suffering a series of eight successive league defeats since Noah Millington struck at the death to sink Seaham Red Star, the Lions’ are in desperate need of a result, and that makes them as dangerous as any.

LAST TIME OUT

Does anyone need to be reminded?

Perhaps the finest afternoon for Redcar Athletic Football Club this season, Green Lane played witness to an 8-0 dismantling of Newcastle Benfield, befit with a Liam Jarvie hat-trick.

Enjoy.

TEAM NEWS

Frustrated by injuries, suspensions, and other absences, Carl Jarrett once again faces a selection dilemma this afternoon.

Mark Anderson is likely to miss the rest of the season, pulling up during the first half against Birtley Town on Tuesday. He joins Adam Wheatley, Liam O’Sullivan and Danny Boyle on the sidelines.

A number of players have been forced to kick on through the pain barrier, and the likelihood of those dropping out as the season nears its end is certainly heightened.

Jarrett offers the latest on a continuing injury saga

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Joining us in Newcastle this afternoon? Here’s some information you need to know.

FINDING SAM SMITH'S PARK

Walkergate, not too far from Walker itself, Sam Smith’s Park can be found using the postcode NE6 4NU.

ADMISSION

Admission into Sam Smith’s Park is priced at £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.

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

Please note, entrance to the ground has been notified to be cash only.

TRAVEL

In honour of impeccable support across the course of the season, Redcar Athletic are operating FREE coach travel to this afternoon’s match.

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