The First Mortgage Glebe Arena awaits for a rampant Redcar Athletic.

Momentum. That’s a word that’s not been used much this season, but it certainly can now.

Four wins on the trot, six in just seven games (pesky Heaton Stannington), a team of rather chaotic fortunes – with confidence at rock-bottom – suddenly looks a force to be reckoned with.

Of course, from the additions of Adam Boyes and Curtis Round – a duo on unstoppable form – to the acsension of Carl Jarrett, much is different from the side that began the season in defeat to Birtley Town.

The new boss’s vision to build for next season has forged a side both ruthless and persistent, and one climbing the table towards the not-so-staggering heights of the top half.

This afternoon, such new-found confidence will be put to the test, as despite a four-nil thumping at Green Lane but two weeks ago, Whickham are not a side that should be underestimated.

Here’s everything you need to know as the First Mortgage Glebe Arena awiats…

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WHO ARE YA?

Whickham FC

Founded in 1944 as Axwell Park Colliery Welfare, Whickham are another fine example of the north east’s rich history of footballing brilliance.

Colloquially known as the Home Guard Team in their early endeavours, Whickham switched the Derwent Valley League for the Northern Combination League, moving again to the Wearside League before settling in Division Two of the Northern League.

It was in 1981 that the Gateshead outfit made national headlines, taking 5’000 supporters to the old Wembley Stadium in the FA Vase, only to fall to a quick two goal deficit.

The Lang Jacks battled back from adversity, Alan Scott and Ronnie Williamson levelling the affair at the final whistle, as Billy Cawthra’s breakaway goal snatched the coveted cup in extra-time.

Returning to the Northern League as the latest in line of teams from the region honoured in the competition, Whickham’s successes grew.

Manager Billy Hodgson took the Tynesiders to new heights, earning a brief stint in Division One in the late 1980s, into the early 90s.

Back in the comfort of the second division, Whickham clinched the prestigious Durham Challenge Cup trophy, seeing off a stellar Billingham Synthonia in the final. The club followed their latest piece of silverware with yet another, winning the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup.

In 2018, Whickham finally returned to the Northern League, finishing seventh and eighth in their last two seasons, having fallen two place on the final day of last season, courtesy of Redcar Athletic themselves.

CURRENT FORM

Four successive wins, Redcar’s rampant form dates back to a four-nil thumping of the Lang Jacks just two weeks ago.

A brace apiece from Adam Boyes and Curtis Round sank the travelling Tynesiders inside the first half, with relatively little trouble, a story of which is rather unlikely to be repeated this afternoon.

Since, Redcar have bested both Tow Law Town and Sunderland RCA by an aggregate score of nine to nil, a streak of form made more impressive by a three-one triumph over promotion chasing West Auckland Town.

The Lang Jacks have certainly seen better success than the Steelmen across the season as a whole, although admittedly, not in the Northern League.

Whickham’s greatest triumphs have come in both the Emirates FA Cup and the Isuzu FA Vase, beating Bury FC and Macclesfield at the Glebe Arena in the latter part of 2023.

Somewhat of a fortress for the Gateshead outfit, the Steelmen will have to muster all their might to return home with even a share of the spoils, albeit a feat accomplished by each of its last two visitors in successive four-goal draws.

LAST TIME OUT

Not two weeks have passed since the Steelmen last locked horns with Whickham FC, a fine afternoon to kick-start what has proved a winning month of March.

The Lang Jacks came to Green Lane in what was proclaimed a tough test for a thin Redcar side, a matter soon disolved in under ten seconds thanks to the endeavour of Curtis Round.

Alongside his strike partner, Adam Boyes, the unstoppable duo lashed a further treble past a rather forlorn Whickham side.

It’s probably best not to mention the Steelmen’s fortunes at the Glebe Arena, but if you’re feeling brave, you can read the report below.

Warning, it does not make for good reading!

TEAM NEWS

The Redcar boss will be relieved to be levelled with no fresh injury concerns for this afternoon’s game, his threadbare squad revelling despite the adversity towards a positive end to the season.

This afternoon, as Joe Ferguson and Anthony Bell approach match fitness, a number of fresh young faces join the squad, to bolster Carl Jarrett’s options on the bench.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Joining us on Tyneside this afternoon? Here’s all the boring details you need to know…

FINDING THE FIRST MOTGAGE GLEBE ARENA

Burrowed in the centre of Whickham, a small province in Gateshead, the First Mortgage Glebe Arena is part of a larger sporting complex.

To find the ground, simply use the postcode NE16 4PF.

ADMISSION

Entrance into the First Mortgage Glebe Arena is priced at £7 for adults, £4 for concessions and £3 for children.

The doors to the ground will likely open between 1:30pm and 2pm.

FOOD AND DRINK

From a bar installed in the sports complex, to amenities around the terraces, there’s sure to be plenty to add to the matchday experience.

Whilst card payments are accepted in the bar, cash may be needed once inside the ground.

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