The new era finally dawns upon Green Lane, as Carl Jarrett's Steelmen host an inconsistent West Allotment Celtic.
Home for the first time since Christmas, all has changed at Redcar Athletic.
Since an ill-fated afternoon two days before the winter holiday, the Steelmen have seen a total overhaul, with new boss Carl Jarrett manning the dugout, and a cacophony of fresh faces interspersed across the squad.
This afternoon, shocking new additions Mark Anderson and Chay Liddle are expected to make their Redcar debuts, starring alongside the likes of Adam Boyes, Kevin Burgess and Dale Hopson in a new look side.
With a defeat to the league-leaders close in the rear-view mirror, and an outfit equally marred by inconsistencies across the halfway line, there’s a lot to look forward as football FINALLY returns to Green Lane!
Here’s a rundown of this afternoon’s Northern League affair, headlined by the debut of Carl Jarrett, and six ground-breaking additions…
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 League from the very bottom of the non-league pyramid, enjoying plentiful success on their slow march upwards from the North Shields and District Churches’ League.
On their ascent, Celtic celebrated a remarkable eight titles in the Northern Football Alliance, in addition to clinching the Alliance Challenge Cup at St James’ Park in .
Unfortunately, it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the Newcastle outfit, with the past three decades offering years of nomadic football, leaping from ground to ground in the search of a place to call home.
To utter relief, Celtic moved in to East Palmersville Sports Pavillion during the 2021/22 season, a ground of little inspiration, but a pillar of hope for the future, and a ground that is truly their own.
Still in the grasp of harsh winter conditions, the start to Carl Jarrett’s tenure has been less than ideal.
Three weeks in to a new era on the Redcar seafront, there has been as many matches axed due to the weather as there has games played, with Tuesday night’s cup bout with Richmond Town the latest to face the sword.
In action last Saturday for the first time since Jarrett’s debut in the dugouts, the league-leaders were perhaps not suitable candidates to continue moulding together a new look side.
Goals from John Howard, Louis Johnson and Dean Thexton sank the Steelmen after a half hour, and despite a plucky fightback, the Two Blues struck again in stoppage time to thwart any late joy.
On the other side of the halfway line, West Allotment Celtic are perhaps the most unpredictable outlet in the entire Northern League.
Fresh off a thrilling victory over Bitley Town, Celtic visit the Redcar seafront this afternoon in search of successive wins for the first time since September, a struggle enveloping 15 games across five months.
Did you know: Whilst having not scored since October, Isaac Walker boasts FIVE goals in his last three appearances against West Allotment Celtic, three of which have come at Green Lane.
LAST TIME OUT
The season of promise that just wasn’t to be.
Following weeks of anticipation, excitement, hope, and arguably complacency, Redcar Athletic stepped off the coach at East Palmersville in search of a first league win in six.
Stunned by Birtley Town on opening day, held by Northallerton, and blunt at the King George V Ground, the threadbare patience of the onlooking masses was quelled by an emphatic first half showing.
Headlined by a clinical double from the returning ‘king,’ Redcar unsettled an erratic Celtic side, as a delightful looping finish from Danny Boyle closed out the scoring come the interval.
A dubious penalty call offered the Tynesiders a shred of hope, but a reciprocal spot kick tucked away by the late addition of Layton Watts in stoppage time put the seal on a fine afternoon, overshadowed by unfettered relief and hope of a resurgence.
Whilst much a different matter, Celtic’s last visit to the Redcar seafront also proved a first win of the season for Redcar Athletic.
A sweltering July afternoon, the Steelmen made quick work of the travelling Tyneside outfit once more, Isaac Walker again at the double inside the opening half hour.
Then captain Michael Woodhouse struck from distance to further the advantage, as the Steelmen sat off their ailing opponents, only for a late recovery to threaten the outcome heading in to a tense six minutes of stoppage time.
As Carl Jarrett steps out onto the hallowed turf at Green Lane for the first time, so too will a number of new faces.
This afternoon, those who haven’t followed the club on the road will see the first glimpse of the innate talent of Curtis Round; the clinical finishing of Adam Boyes; the commanding presence of Jason Kennedy; and natural leadership of Kevin Burgess.
The former Marske United quartet will be joined in the squad by well-renowned midfield duo, Chay Liddle and Mark Anderson, welcomed through the doors at Green Lane on Thursday this week, as the football league scrambled through Deadline Day.
Both Liddle and Anderson are blessed with a plethora of Northern League experience, and bring a calibre so far unprecedented at this level to the Steelmen’s roster.
As for the Redcar of old, Danny Boyle and Adam Wheatley remain on the sidelines, but no fresh injury concerns plague the new boss.
A clean bill on the disciplinary front is sure to provide extra joy to Carl Jarrett, certainly a rarity throughout this season.
Joining us at BM Bi-Fold Green Lane? Here’s all the important details you need to attend this afternoon’s Northern League affair…
FINDING BM BI-FOLD GREEN LANE
Accessed just off the Coast Road, Green Lane stadium sits at the end of a road at the same name, surrounded by luscious green fields and views out to sea.
To find the ground, travelling supporters can use the postcode TS10 3RW.
With gates set to open at 1:30pm, admission is back to standard pricing for this afternoon’s affair.
Adults will pay £7, whilst those eligible for concession entry face a somewhat lower fee of £4. Those under-16 can claim admission for as low as £2.
Fans can pay with both card or cash at the turnstile, and are reminded that our official matchday programme, By the Sea, will also be on sale, for a further £2.
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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