Redcar Athletic's dramatic hunt for a first league win continues in Newcastle, as an inconsistent West Allotment Celtic await.

With three points secured from losing positions, manager Gary Forster will be optimistic that his squad can go one step further this afternoon, and double their league tally at East Palmersville.

Despite the bleak outlook the table poses, the Steelmen head into the contest on a three match unbeaten streak, twice coming from behind to salvage a point, after an emphatic Isuzu FA Vase win the week before.

Athletic’s most recent outing concerned local rivals Guisborough Town, who twice lead with home advantage, and were twice pegged back.

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This afternoon is the second in a series of three consecutive away trips, with the Newcastle-based outfit presenting a very different challenge to that of the Priorymen.

West Allotment Celtic were one of only five teams to finish higher than the Steelmen last season, having clinched a 1-0 victory at East Palmersville, a result of which Redcar will look to avenge today.

Here’s everything you need to know about matchday number eight…

WHO ARE YA?

Formed in 1928 as an amalgamation of West Allotment Juniors and West Allotment Primitive Methodists, Celtic are a club with a bittersweet history.

Allotment worked their way up to the Northern from the very bottom of the pyramid, enjoying plenty of success on their slow journey upwards from the North Shields and District Churches’ League.

On their climb up the ladder, Celtic celebrated a remarkable eight titles in the Northern Football Alliance, in addition to clinching the Alliance Challenge Cup at St James’ Park.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the Newcastle outfit, with the passed three decades bringing years of nomadic football, leaping from ground to ground in the search of a place to call home.

West Allotment Celtic in action at East Palmersville. (Photo: West Allotment Celtic)

Celtic moved to East Palmersville Sports Pavilion during the 2021/22 season, the closest the club has been to ‘home’ in a number of years.

The ground itself is nothing special, but means a great deal to all involved with the club, which has seen years of fear through financial adversity, yet has always found a way to keep ticking over.

LAST TIME OUT

An aggregate stalemate last season, there wasn’t much to separate the two sides.

Finishing fifth and sixth in the table, Redcar hosted the Greens on opening day, as an Isaac Walker brace fired Steve Connolly to the perfect start to the campaign.

A late resurgeance from Celtic left a few worried faces around Green Lane, but it ultimately proved too little too late to upset the Steelmen’s first half rout.

Isaac Walker celebrates the opening goal of the 2022/23 season, against West Allotment Celtic. (Photo: Peter Milburn)

At East Palmersville, it was a different story.

A match so evenly balanced, it took a mistake to tip the scales, as a slip from Mason McNeill gave Lucas Lowery-Matondo the time and space to beat Jack Norton, condemning the Steelmen to defeat on a bitter winter evening.

CURRENT FORM

Despite the anti-climactic feeling surrounding the Steelmen’s form, a win this afternoon would seal a fourth successive match unbeaten.

Victory over Esh Winning in the Isuzu FA Vase sparked the streak, whilst two consecutive fightbacks have earned Redcar a point each in Division One of the Northern League.

West Allotment in action against Birtley Town. (Photo: West Allotment Celtic)

On the other side of the scoreboard, West Allotment Celtic kick off the contest on the back of a home defeat, albeit to current league-leaders, Birtley Town.

The Hoops left East Palmersville 1-0 victors, sealing a third consecutive home defeat for Celtic, who are still in the hunt for a win in their own turf.

Away from East Palmersville, West Allotment would have proven a different challenge entirely, having recorded a number of high-scoring victories, including a six goal margin over Whitley Bay.

In truth, it is impossible to predict which Celtic side will show up this afternoon, the tame Greens who have struggled for a win at home, or the clinical outfit responsible for sweeping aside the likes of Sunderland RCA, Crook Town, and Garforth.

TEAM NEWS

Despite a number of knocks on Wednesday evening, Forster will rest assured to have an almost full-strength squad to pick from.

Donny Holdsworth and Joe Ferguson remain the only guaranteed absences, as they both undergo rehabilitation following successful operations.

The pair are due back earlier than originally expected, and could make their 2023/24 season debuts as early as next month. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Not the most popular trip of the season, but for those attending, here’s the rundown of your necessary matchday details.

FINDING EAST PALMERSVILLE

Fans making the trip can use the post code NE12 9HF to find East Palmersville Sports Pavilion, with the turnstile located at the right end of the car park.

ADMISSION

Entrance to East Palmserville is priced at £7 for adults and £4 for concessions, whilst accompanied u16s get in for free.

The gates should open an hour before the match, which kicks off at the standard time of 3pm.

Fans are advised to bring cash to the ground, as card may not be accepted.

THE BAR

Found towards the players’ entrance to the pitch, outside of the ground, the bar is open to spectators as a cash only venue.

A food kiosk can also be found in the same area, and once again, operates using only cash.

ISUZU FA VASE FOOTBALL AT GREEN LANE

The Isuzu FA Vase comes to Green Lane this month, as the Steelmen welcome Padiham in the second qualifying round.

A win would equal the club’s best run in the competition, and the lads would really appreciate your support.

Join us on Saturday 23rd September, at BM Bi-Fold Green Lane: Ticket details coming soon 

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