Friday night football returns to Green Lane in the form of a familiar foe...

Seaham Red Star. A side more than familiar to those of a Redcar persuasion, for all the wrong reasons.

Three times beaten across varying cup competitions, such premature exits formed the basis of a brewing animosity between the two coastal outfits.

Now renowned as somewhat of a bogey team for the Steelmen, with pulling out a result always tough feat, a win today would go a long way to building momentum in the face of a hectic, but unremarkable final run.

Here’s everything you need to know about Redcar’s infamous cup nemesis, Seaham Red Star…

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WHO ARE YA?

Seaham Red Star

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 silverware in the Durham Challenge Cup to open the decade on the right foot, bettering such 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 three campaigns, Redcar tonight do battle with the Star for the tenth 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 former Steelmen 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.

This season, the Steelmen have twice been to Seaham Town Park, the highlight of both trips a floodlight failure stirring a moment of bewildered laughter from the two sides, before the match was inevitably postponed.

The rescheduled fixture under the lights brought an end to what had been Redcar’s most fruitful run of form, a sturrbon Red Star side holding Carl Jarrett’s prominent frontline to a goalless draw.

CURRENT FORM

In short, nothing exceptional.

From the heights of five straight home wins, to the goalmouth frustrations that now plague the forwards, matters have certainly tailed off to an extent as too does the season.

Five games to go – with little to play for but pride – a drop off in form is to be expected, but with two points from a possible twelve, the Redcar boss is far from pleased.

Jarrett berated a lack of mentality from some of his squad, lamenting the absence of any pressure, keen still to finish the season as strong as possible.

Ambivalent fortunes of their own, Seaham Red Star come to the Redcar seafront on the back of four straight draws, including a goalless bout against the Steelmen just last month.

The Star, much like Carl Jarrett’s men, have very little to play for as the season nears its end, but with the endeavour shown in the last meeting between the two, will stop at nothing to see Green Lane silenced.

TEAM NEWS

An ever-frustrating three months of constant selection dilemmas, this evening will prove no different for First Team boss Carl Jarrett.

Facilitating the return of a number of key figures in the past few weeks, Jarrett took to a post-match presser and admitted further absences were to come.

With Adam Wheatley, Liam O’Sullivan and Danny Boyle expected the miss the remainder of the season, Chay Liddle became a doubt having been unable to play on Saturday afternoon.

To add to those on the sidelines through injury, ten cautions relieves Layton Watts of two appearances, his second coming this evening after a series of postponements.

Captain Kevin Burgess is back in the fold after a three-match suspension of his own.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Joining us down the Lane this evening? Here’s all the key details you need to know.

FINDING BM BI-FOLD GREEN LANE

Nestled just off the coast road – with impeccable views out to sea, and across Cleveland – Green Lane sits off a residential road of the same name.

The ground can be found using the postcode TS10 3RW, just opposite the rugby and squash clubs at the foot of the street. 

ADMISSION

Affordable football for all, admission into Green Lane costs just £7 for adults, whilst those eligible as a concession – OAPs – pay £4.

Those under-16 can gain entrance to the ground for a mere £2, whilst members of the club’s junior section are admitted for free under their existing fees. 

A matchday programme will also be on sale for just £2 at the turnstile.

PARKING

In courtesy of our neighbours, please park respectfully in designated car parks in the vicinity of Green Lane.

There is to be absolutely NO street parking.

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