The Steelmen welcome Silsden to the Redcar seafront, seeking a historic club-first victory in the Isuzu FA Vase tournament proper.

Having finally defeated the weather, Redcar Athletic face an even tougher ask, as tournament heavy-weights Silsden AFC visit Green Lane for a Halloween special under the lights.

Daryll Hall leads the Steelmen out onto the pitch. (Photo: Peter Milburn)

Members of the Northern Counties East League, the Sils topped the table for the majority of the campaign, falling narrowly away from top spot due to a dip in form away from home.

The impressive league standing holds Silsden favourably in the Isuzu FA Vase, with Redcar boss Gary Forster labelling this evening’s opponents one of the favourites to take the trophy at Wembley next year.

“Silsden are in fine form in their league,” the gaffer said, “so are quite rightly down as one of the favourites for the competition as a whole, never mind this afternoon.”

“I think that we can provide them with one of their toughest tests though, and I believe that today’s fixture will be one of the picks of the first-round draw.”

Forster has the right to feel optimistic, with Redcar’s form since his appointment this time last year nothing short of explosive.

The Steelmen come into the contest twelve goals without reply, having kept a season-first clean-sheet against Thornaby two whole weeks ago.

Two clubs fuelled by attacking desire, this evening’s first round tie makes for a thrilling cup affair, and YOUR support would go a long way to seeing the Steelmen end out on top.

Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s historic Isuzu FA Vase first round tie…

REMINDER: Redcar Athletic memberships are NOT valid for this fixture, due to FA Rules and Regulations.

WHO ARE YA?

For once, those of a Redcar persuasion may have questions about the opposition, as the two sides have never crossed paths.

Hailing from West Yorkshire, on the outskirts of Bradford, Silsden is a small town – and civil parish – with a population of around 7’000.

The football club came into existence in 1904, adopting a field adjacent to the local rugby club which is still the base of their facilities to this day.

The Office Interiors Stadium. (Photo: Silsden AFC)

Silsden AFC, as it exists today, was formed in 1996, adopting the nickname, ‘the Cobbydalers,’ 20 years later after a sponsorship deal with Cobbydalers Construction.

The Sils hold the record for the most consecutive West Riding Challenge Cup victories, sealing a triad of titles from 2001-2004.

The West Yorkshire outfit also hold the record for the best season in the North West Counties Football League, winning their opening 18 games, and amassing an incredible century of points.

This season, Silsden have eyes for promotion, currently the favourites for the Northern Counties East League title, sitting fourth with a number of games in hand on the teams above them (our fault, sorry guys).

CURRENT FORM

Twelve goals without response, Redcar Athletic mounted some serious momentum before the weather took it’s toll.

An eight-goal demolition of Tow Law Town on their own patch, and a clinical WOODSmith Construction Senior Cup triumph over Thornaby, the Steelmen should have gone into the Isuzu FA Vase first round on an impressive purple-patch.

Storm Babet had other plans, however, and after two successive adverse weather postponements, Redcar will have to dust off the cobwebs this Halloween when Silsden come to town.

Tonight marks exactly two weeks since Athletic swept aside the Blues at Green Lane, and despite regular training sessions, nothing can amount to the readiness gained simply through minutes on the pitch.

Watch | Redcar Athletic 4-0 Thornaby

In contrast, the travelling West Yorkshire outfit graced the turf of a football field just last week, admittedly tasting defeat at the hands of Garforth Town in a West Riding Senior Cup tie.

In fact, the Sils’ last two outings came away to Garforth, both of which ending in dismay as part of a disappointing run of form on the road.

Silsden were proudly at the summit of the Northern Counties East League for the majority of the season, but their recent woes away from home, coupled with a lack of games, have seen them tumble towards the edge of the play-off places.

THE ISUZU FA VASE

Redcar Athletic’s sixth Isuzu FA Vase campaign, a victory this evening would mark the club’s greatest ever run in the competition.

Debuting in 2018, the Steelmen’s curtain-raiser was spurned by a spirited Bedlington Terriers, whose 2-0 triumph forced Steve Connolly’s side to an early exit.

Former Steelman Stephen Jackson, who socred Redcar's first ever goal in the Isuzu FA Vase. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

Stephen Jackson claimed the honour of Redcar’s first goal in the competition the following campaign, slotting home a consolation in a defeat to AFC Blackpool.

2020 proved the most profitable season for the Steelmen, as a 2-1 victory at Green Lane over fellow Northern League outfit, Whickham, booked a place in the first round proper for the first time.

Another two fruitless seasons in the Isuzu FA Vase came and went, before Athletic matched their previous best run with two emphatic, high-scoring wins.

Isaac Walker has proved the pioneer of Redcar’s cup success, notching five goals, and a further three assists, to see off both Esh Winning and Padiham, and set up tonight’s historic affair.

ESH WINNING

Isaac Walker proved the star of the show as Redcar swept passed Esh Winning in the first qualifying round, notching a hat-trick, and twice teeing up a fellow forward, as Forster’s side hit six.

The forward struck twice and picked out Tymon as the Steelmen lead by three goals to one at the interval, before substitute Sonni Coleman found the net to deter a second half comeback from the hosts.

Walker the hat-trick hero as the Steelmen progressed. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

Walker sealed his well-taken treble in simple fashion on the stroke of the 90, playing a delightful one-two to gift Boyle his first of the season mere minutes later.

A fantastic solo goal from Bradley Tyrie gave the home crowd one last cheer, but despite finding the net three times, the Stags were never shown a route back into the game, and a confidence-lacking Redcar booked their date with Padiham FC.

PADIHAM

A historic afternoon for Redcar, a blistering run of form was capped off by an emphatic second qualifying round victory over the travelling Storks.

Liam Jarvie sparked the five goal rout in the opening ten minutes, curling a lush finish into the far top corner, before teeing up club captain Anthony Bell for a quick second. 

Redcar Athletic in Isuzu FA Vase action against Padiham. (Photo: Peter Milburn)

Isaac Walker capitalised on a misplaced backpass for his first of the afternoon, turning home from Jarvie’s seeking pullback after the interval to seal his inevitable brace.

A spectacular, Robin van Persie-esque volley from Tymon wrapped up the Steelmen’s rout, taking the tally beyond a resurgent Padiham, as Josh Brownhill’s late double proved nothing but a late consolation. 

TEAM NEWS

An evening of the utmost importance for Redcar Athletic, first team boss Gary Forster will be relieved to have almost a full roster at his disposal.

With injuries few and far between, the Steemen will also benefit from a separate ‘totting up’ process in the Isuzu FA Vase, giving club captain Anthony Bell, and new man Brad Mills, an opportunity to play despite their respective suspensions.

The duo are yet to serve a single-match ban for amassing five yellow cards across other competitions, but the Vase regulations stipulate that these suspensions do not carry over.

Instead, players are banned for an increasing number of games every two cautions across the tournament, with Adam Wheatley, Jack Harrison, and Matty Tymon all at risk of missing the second round should the Steelmen progress.

Matty Wilkinson will be available to make his debut. (Photo: Sunderland RCA FC)

Unfortunately, tournament regulations will also force a number of players onto sidelines, none more disappointing than new signing, Aaron Brown.

The centre-half joined the Steelmen last week on a short-term loan from Northern Premier League East side, Newton Aycliffe, but will be ineligible for the Isuzu FA Vase due to rules concerning loan players.

Aaron’s fellow incoming, shot-stopper Matty Wilkinson, WILL be available to make his debut this afternoon, and will likely don the gloves in place of the suspended Jack Norton, as Will Cowey returns to Guisborough Town at the end of his short loan spell.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

Happy Halloween, Redcar! On this special night of the year, we wanted to bring a little bit of the spooky holiday to Green Lane.

We’re encouraging fans to come in their scariest – or funniest – Halloween costumes, with the chance to win our prize for the best dressed, and to go trick-or-treating around the ground.

With prizes for both young and old, and an enticing affair on the pitch, there’s no better place to be this Halloween!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

For fans attending this evening’s Isuzu FA Vase clash, please take some time to read our matchday information package, detailing everything from parking and admission, to footy scran and pre-match pints.

ISUZU FA VASE SECOND ROUND

Should the Steelmen trump their West-Yorkshire counterparts this evening, a trip to Manchester could follow.

The winner of today’s twice re-arranged tie has been drawn away to step six outfit, Abbey Hey, in the second round proper, with the clash set to be held on remembrance weekend.

Find out more: Re-arranged fixtures

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