Three home wins in the bag, it’s off to Sunderland for Carl Jarrett’s Redcar Athletic.

Tried and tested on the Redcar seafront under the tenureship of the new boss, Redcar are yet to prove their worth on the road.

Five wins in a row on the Redcar seafront, the Steelmen have won just the once away from Green Lane in three attempts, a debut victory for Carl Jarrett sealed by the head of Adam Boyes.

Admittedly, defeats at Heritage Park and Grounsell Park hardly detail poor form, with both hosts likely to make the top five, and near unbeaten on the comfort of home soil.

This evening, Redcar are offered a chance to prove such, that those losses were not part of a larger concern, but rather tough games for a developing squad.

Sunderland RCA may look on paper to be somewhat of a push-over, but as a man of Jarrett’s experience will be aware, that is not how football often transpires.

With a squad thinned to the barebones, this evening’s bout is far from a foregone conclusion.

Here’s everything you need to know as the Steelmen make the midweek trip to Ryhope…

WHO ARE YA?

WHO ARE YA?

Sunderland RCA

Formed in 1963 as Ryhope Youth Club, Sunderland RCA is an amalgamation of three teams, and over 60 years of turmoil and financial difficulties.

In 1971, the youth club rebranded as Ryhope Community Association – RCA – before unsuccessfully applying for a place in the Wearside League.

Having folded and re-formed in the Northern Football Alliance, Ryhope were a founder member of the Northern League Division Two in 1982, where promotion beckoned via a second place finish.

Between 1999 and 2006, the club were twice forced to amalgamate with other local sides, first Kennek Roker, then Springboard Sunderland, hence the name as it stands today.

Last season, RCA’s future was plunged into uncertainty, as financial difficulties led the club to propose its provisional resignation from the league.

The announcement came just months after their local rivals, Sunderland RCW, met the same fate, casting doubt upon the future of football in the Ryhope area.

Finishing a disappointing second bottom, albeit through fielding the youth sides, RCA were spared the heart-break of relegation through resignations elsewhere, but sit at the foot of the division with a lone win to boot.

DID YOU KNOW: The record attendance at a home match for the Ryhope outfit was 1’013, set in a pre-season bout with Newcastle United in 1982.

CURRENT FORM

Five wins in a row upon the Redcar seafront, three games unbeaten overall, confidence is sky-high for Carl Jarrett’s threadbare side.

The greatest period of form in a rather ambivalent season, the Steelmen enter play this evening with a lone defeat in six, amassing fourteen goals and three clean sheets in such time.

A monumental turn of events on the comfort of home soil, Redcar are yet to prove their might on their travels, with victory over Northallerton in Carl Jarrett’s debut outing but one in seven.

Athletic’s last triumph on the road came against Tow Law Town in November, an eight goal thumping led by the impetus of substitute Layton Watts.

In what’s followed, the Steelmen have been hit for nine, held on Boxing Day, dealt a sucker-punch at Heritage Park and all but blunt against Heaton Stannington. 

Whether you see it as fortunate or a banana-skin, Redcar’s opponents this evening are still in search of win number two, sitting rock bottom of the division with a mere four points.

Hit with challenges both on and off the field, Sunderland RCA were offered a reprieve last season, to remain in Division One, yet struggle week in, week out to grind out any form of result.

The young outfit have conceded thirteen goals in their last two outings, albeit to top sides, most likely more than reluctant to face down a rampant Redcar this evening.

LAST TIME OUT

Thirteen.

That’s the total Redcar have netted in their last two outings with the struggling Sunderland side, with just two goals in opposition too.

Goals from Isaac Walker, Matty Tymon, Liam Jarvie, Adam Wheatley and James Sayer condemned Sunderland RCA to defeat at Green Lane, then a first triumph of the season on home turf. 

The last meeting on Ryhope soil proved no better for the youthful Sunderland side, a six goal deficit during the height of their financial troubles, with a double from both Craig Hutchinson and Donny Holdsworth stealing the headlines.

TEAM NEWS

It’s the understatement of the season to say Redcar Athletic are in the midst of somewhat of a selection dilemma…

With numbers on the injury table approaching double figures, Jarrett has no choice but to travel lightly, naming but two players on the bench at the weekend, and facing the same fate this evening.

The Redcar boss is boosted by the return of Chay Liddle, who hasn’t featured since the four goal thrashing of Whickham, but hurt by the absence of Joe Ferguson, whose innocuous injury on Saturday afternoon spells a period on the sidelines.

Jarrett is also without Adam Wheatley, Anthony Bell, Danny Boyle, Jack Harrison and Liam O’Sullivan for this evening’s trip, some of which may be in line for a return towards the end of the month.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Fancy a night on the road? Here’s all the details on how to join Carl Jarrett’s men en route to Sunderland this evening…

FINDING SUNDERLAND LGV PARK

Based in the Ryhope area of Sunderland, Sunderland LGV Park can be found using the postcode SR2 0NZ.

ADMISSION

Admission into Sunderland LGV Park is priced at £7 for adults and £5 for concessions, which includes both pensioners and students.

Gates will open around 6pm, ahead of kick-off at 7:30pm.

FOOD AND DRINK

From snacks, to fully-fledged ‘footy scran,’ and of course refreshing pints, there will be plenty to greet the Redcar faithful in Ryhope this evening.

Of course, should you be making the trip, the club would advise you to bring cash, as not all facets of the ground will accept card payments.

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