Green Lane opens its doors for the third time in just eight days, as the Steelmen host Tow Law Town.

A rather hectic start to the month – but great for the Redcar faithful – Carl Jarrett’s men are this afternoon targeting a third win in just over a week, and a fifth on the trot on home soil.

The best spate of form the Steelmen have mustered in a rather ambivalent season, goals from the likes of Adam Boyes and Layton Watts have settled four thrilling victories, from midweek upsets to weekend batterings.

Twice at home already in what’s been of the month of March, Redcar have notched seven goals, conceding only the once in two fine performances.

This afternoon, Tow Law Town present a new challenge entirely, a side with a mere four points on the board this season, and a late desperation to survive.

The Lawyers’ struggles see them nine points from safety at the foot of the division – tied with next Tuesday’s opponents, Sunderland RCA – with 118 goals in the wrong column in just 25 outings.

Here’s everything you need to know as Redcar Athletic take to Green Lane for the third time in March…

WHO ARE YA?

WHO ARE YA?

Tow Law Town

Coined the Lawyers, Tow Law Town Football Club was formed in 1890 as Tow Law FC, plying their trade in local district leagues, before joining the Northern League over 100 years ago in 1920.

The club have remained a Northern League member since, winning the first division on three occasions, and the second division a further twice, yet never tasting promotion – or facing relegation – to a different league.

The Lawyers boast no major honours in their long history, yet do have the accolade of a Wembley visit to boot.

In 1998, Tow Law Town became the smallest town ever to reach a major cup final, taking 4’000 supporters to the prestigious London ground in the FA Vase, where they lost by a single goal to Tiverton Town.

DID YOU KNOW: Tow Law Town’s home, Ironworks Road, is situated roughly 997 feet above sea level, making it the ground at the highest altitude in the UK.

CURRENT FORM

West Auckland Town.

The latest in a list of four teams to be turned over at Green Lane since the Steelmen last dropped points (on home soil, at least).

It’s certainly fair to say matters have taken an optimistic turn on the Redcar seafront, with fans treat to successive triumphs on a level not seen before in an overtly inconsistent campaign.

Ten goals scored – and only two conceded – two clean sheets, nine points and a date in the WOODSmith Construction Senior Cup semifinals, it feels there is no stopping Redcar Athletic at BM Bi-Fold Green Lane.

On paper – and I must stress, only on paper – this afternoon looks to be a fine opportunity to add to such a record.

Of course, football is a sport which rarely transpires as expected, unless you are Manchester City, but with Tow Law Town in a bid for points five to seven in a dramatically poor campaign, Redcar will be much the favourite to take the spoils this afternoon.

It must be noted that Tow Law Town have not long since picked up a win in the division, bettering Northallerton Town at the Calvert Stadium not too weeks ago. 

The Lawyers will be keen to continue such form, vying to avoid the drop, and won’t be pushed over without a fight.

LAST TIME OUT

An utter demolition… eventually.

Redcar Athletic took to Ironworks Road in desperate need of a result, a week on from a bitter defeat at the hands of Penrith, and no, not THAT defeat, the other one.

Then boss Gary Forster had labelled a 3-2 home loss to the Cumbrians as the most disappointing result of the season, and with a struggling Tow Law in opposition, a response was nothing short of necessitated.

The stakes considered, staring down the barrel of an early deficit was far from ideal, as Isaac Walker’s equaliser seemed more of a relief than something to celebrate.

Such an ambivalent first half was quickly put to shame, as Matty Tymon prodded home to start what proved a seven goal rout as play resumed.

Layton Watts entered the fray from the bench to heap misery on the reeling Lawyers, netting what could only be described as a goal of the season contender.

Make sure to give it a watch!

TEAM NEWS

As is the custom in recent weeks, Carl Jarrett will have a very thin squad to boot for this afternoon’s contest.

The boss last weekend confirmed the extent of a mounting injury crisis, adding Mark Anderson to the list after a twinge to the midfielder’s hamstring during the first half of a thumping victory over Whickham.

The midfielder is far from alone on the injury table, with Adam Wheatley, Anthony Bell, Danny Boyle and Liam O’Sullivan for company, to name just a few.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Joining us on the Redcar seafront today? Here’s all of the boring details that may be of interest.

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.

WHAT’S ON?

From live music to mouth-watering ‘Footy Scran,’ find out what’s on offer at Green Lane this afternoon…

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