New boss Carl Jarrett faces his first duel with Redcar's notorious coastal counterparts, Seaham Red Star.
A rivalry fuelled by such an extensive history, crammed into just two short years, Seaham have a tendency to frustrate Redcar, no matter stature or standing.
Drawn to do battle three times in just four cup campaigns, Seaham dispatched Redcar with little fuss, the deficit increasing in embarrassment each time.
Despite the knockout woes, former boss Gary Forster turned the tide on the bizarre rivalry last season, leading the Steelmen to an important league double.
Tonight, it’s the turn of Carl Jarrett to face off with the Sunderland outfit, with Redcar Athletic in desperate need of a win to silence rising despair, and spark a positive run to end a dismally average campaign.
Here’s everything you need to know about Redcar’s infamous cup nemesis, Seaham Red Star…
WHO ARE YA?
Having met eight times across two campaigns, Seaham Red Star don’t need much of an introduction to those of a Redcar persuasion.
A Sunday League outfit in 1973, Seaham are now a self-proclaimed leading club in the Northern League, having amassed a great deal of success in the early 1980s.
Red Star clinched the Durham Challenge Cup to ignite the decade, bettering their success just two years later with a rather impressive back-to-back league and cup double in the ever-competitive Wearside League.
Riding the coattails of such triumphant years, Seaham were elected to the second division of the Northern League in 1983, enjoying prosperity across both divisions until flirting with resignation in 2002.
Having tendered their withdrawal to the league, keen local support offered the club a second chance, as the formation of a new committee ensured the Star would survive for years to come!
DID YOU KNOW: Seaham Red Star takes its name from a local pub, The Red Star, in which the club was formed.
LAST TIME OUT
Decades of head-to-head history woven through just two campaigns, Redcar tonight do battle with the Star for the ninth time since promotion in 2021.
The two coastal outfits were rather fortunately – or unfortunately – drew to lock horns in three of the last five FA competitions, with Seaham the victor each time, in circumstances of varying frustration.
In the Northern League, Donny Holdsworth’s late header at Seaham Town Park proved the start of a tremendous run of form last season, including both a thrilling comeback against Northallerton Town, and a 9-2 Boxing Day drubbing of Thornaby.
The fan-favourite forward nodded home the only goal of the game to avenge the club’s bitter cup exits, revitalising an ailing Steelmen side after a run of eight games without result.
Danny Boyle was the man in the spotlight in the reverse fixture at Green Lane, netting an impressive brace as the Steelmen secured a double of their own over their surprise rivals.
Quick to take the lead, Seaham were soon to be pegged back by the midfielder, who struck in tandem with Alfie Conway to turn the tide of the match.
A deflected effort earned Danny his second of the evening, before a late spot kick from Adam Lennox added a mere consolation for the visitors.
As February begins to take shape, Redcar Athletic’s season of promise is truly put to bed.
Undergoing such a momentous change both off the pitch and in the dressing room, the Steelmen have struggled to build upon good form, remaining fairly inconsistent across the course of the campaign.
Offered yet another chance for a much-needed reboot, and a little bit of optimism, Carl Jarrett’s home debut was rendered another profound disappointment.
Head-to-head with a side of similar standing, all was set up for Jarrett’s triumphant arrival on the Redcar seafront, but thanks to the tenacity and cool finishing of Celtic’s Cyril Giraud, that just wasn’t to be.
Across the halfway line this evening, Seaham Red Star pose as another club in desperate need of a result.
The coastal outfit succumbed to a third consecutive defeat at the weekend, losing out to a spirited Whitley Bay, albeit through small margins.
Seaham boast just the one win in six heading in to tonight’s match (admittedly the same as the Steelmen, who sport a mere point more), a six-goal thrashing of relegation fodder Tow Law Town.
A hectic month in sight, Carl Jarrett will be relieved to sport no fresh availability concerns.
The games come thick and fast during the month of St Valentine, with seven more to play before March arrives, so squad depth is paramount.
Only Danny Boyle remains a definitive miss, set to sit out the remainder of the season having suffered a broken ankle in the Boxing Day duel with Boro Rangers.
Adam Wheatley, on the road to recovery from a broken foot, has taken to the grass, with a potential return to action in the not-so-distant future.
Joining us in Seaham this evening? Here’s the key details you need to know.
FINDING 'SEAHAM TOWN PARK'
.Known as the Alexandra Steakhouse Stadium for sponsorship reasons, and formally the Independent Utility Advice Arena, Seaham’s ground can be found using the postcode SR7 0HP, sometimes given as SR7 0BH.
Admission into Seaham Town Park is priced at £6 for adults and £4 for concessions, whilst accompanied under-16s go free.
Gates will open around 6:00pm, ahead of an evening kick-off at 7:30pm.
A matchday programme will be available online for the fixture.
FOOD AND DRINK
Seaham Red Star operate both a food kiosk, and a bar, which fans can enjoy using cash or card.