A new era dawns upon Redcar Athletic, as Carl Jarrett opens his tenure with a trip to Northallerton Town.
A mere week into the new year, and once again, it’s time to start afresh for Redcar Athletic, as a change in the dugout prompts the beginning of a new era at the club.
Carl Jarrett – an esteemed coach steeped in prestige and success – took the reigns upon the Redcar seafront following the departure of Gary Forster, and tonight faces his first challenge in the form of Northallerton Town.
A club in similar standing, ‘The Ally’ too suffered an underwhelming start to a campaign teeming with anticipation, sitting six points above the drop zone despite adept recruitment.
As both sides seek a first league win since the back end of November, what can Carl Jarrett conjure to change Redcar’s fortunes at such an early stage in his tenure?
Here’s everything you need to know as the Carl Jarrett era gets underway in Northallerton…
WHO ARE YA?
Formed in 1881 as Northallerton Football Club, Town – as we know them today – have competed under a multitude of names, including Northallerton Central, and Northallerton Alliance.
The club bounced around local leagues for the majority of their existence, before finally settling in the second division of the Northern League in 1982.
Northallerton’s first Northern League outing took them to Ryhope CA (now known as Sunderland RCA), where they suffered a 4-1 defeat, before gaining their revenge a week later in the reverse fixture.
In the late 1990s, financial insolvency proved a very real threat to the football club, and the risk of liquidation loomed.
Just days away from folding, when matters looked to be worsening for the black and whites, a local businessman stepped in to restore hope to the club, and keep them fighting into the modern era, and Northern League Division One.
Whilst form can be a great indication of how a match will play out, tonight, it may prove little to no bearing on the result.
Redcar visit the Calvert Stadium fresh off the back of a bitter humiliation in the Eden Valley, but with a new man at the helm of the football club.
Carl Jarrett brings with him a new ideology to the Redcar seafront, and whilst it may take time to breed change within the squad, hope will be rife at kick-off this evening.
As for results, the Steelmen go a sixth game in search of a win tonight, having last bested Newcastle Benfield in emphatic fashion.
Since, Redcar have mustered a mere two points, sitting a diappointing fourteenth come the turn of the year.
Their hosts this evening, Northallerton Town, boast a similar tale of optimism and heartbreak.
The club recruited well in the summer, yet never truly clicked, and despite an abundance of quality young talent sit just six points above the drop zone.
Northallerton face a dismal streak of six without victory, racking up a lone point in the midst of their turmoil in a goalless stalemate with Newcastle Benfield.
LAST TIME OUT
The third in a run of four successive victories, Redcar Athletic sparked a proficient start to 2023 with a thrilling comeback at the Calvert Stadium.
Poor finishing plagued the Steelmen in the first half, as Marske United loanee Joey Hope stroked the black and white outfit in front.
A nodded effort from Donny Holdsworth set Redcar’s second half response in motion, before Anthony Bell opened his account for the club to complete the turnaround.
Further insurance was added by a young Alfie Conway – since joining the ranks at the Calvert Stadium – showing composure beyond his years to side-step an onrushing goalkeeper, and provide the simple finish to match.
When the two sides lock horns this evening, both will be seeking to better their earlier result.
In the opening exchanges of the season, Redcar fared somewhat bitter-sweet against the black and whites, striking in the 101st minute to snatch a point at the death, having wasted an early lead.
Liam O’Sullivan opened the scoring for the Steelmen, driving the ball across goal to find the bottom corner, only for a late double from Town to punish a series of missed opportunities, and almost rip the game completely from Athletic’s grasp.
At the dawn of a new era, the first teamsheet will be of particular interest to both fans and neutrals alike.
A string of poor results leaves new boss Carl Jarrett with a tough decision to make, with outgoing manager Gary Forster keen to add that some had been underperforming.
Whilst many will be intrigued as to who gains and loses under the new management, some will have to wait their turn for the chance to impress.
Club captain Anthony Bell remains on the sidelines following his contentious dismissal in December. The skipper is set to return in midweek as the Steelmen hit the road again in search of Birtley Town.
On a more extended leave, Adam Wheatley and Danny Boyle are both in recovery from nasty injuries. Wheatley suffered a broken foot during the month of November, whilst Boyle’s ankle met a similar fate in Middlesbrough on Boxing Day.
The pair will be temporarily joined by Joe Thompson, who has been ruled out for two weeks as to a lingering pain around his ankle.
In more positive news, midfielder Joe Ferguson provides a boost to the side, returning from suspension to take his place in the squad for tonight’s affair, should Jarrett see him fit for selection.
Seeing in the Carl Jarrett era this evening? Here’s all the important details you need to know if you’re planning a trip to the Calvert Stadium…
FINDING THE CALVERT STADIUM
A tidy ground in the Romanby area of Northallerton, The Calvert Stadium can be found using the postcode DL7 8HA.
There are parking facilities available at the ground – and many across the local area – should fans seek to travel by car; equally, the stadium is roughly a 20 minute walk from Northallerton Train Station, and the centre of the town.
Admission into The Calvert Stadium this evening will set adults back £7, with a marginally lesser fee of £5 for those eligible for concession entry, such as pensioners, or students.
Any under the age of 18 can enter the ground for just £1.
The bar at The Calvert Stadium will be open and ready to serve fans with both cash, and card.