Gary Forster expressed his delight at a record Northern League victory, as Liam Jarvie's treble helped Redcar seal a first win over Newcastle Benfield.

The boss lauded his squad’s ability following a recent downturn in results, admitting sheer joy at beating ‘bogey side,’ Benfield, in such emphatic fashion.

Liam Jarvie celebrates the opening goal. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

Facing early pressure from a then-spirited Newcastle Benfield, Forster opted for a bold tactical switch, offering his side the much needed impetus to gain control of the game.

A poacher’s treble from Liam Jarvie fired Redcar to a perfect start, feeding from the architecture of the returning Donny Holdsworth, who pulled the strings on his first start since long-term absence. 

Layton Watts fared admirably up against his former side, crowning his excellent display with a well-taken goal to incite a second half rout.

Having provided for Layton, Danny Boyle slotted home number five, arriving on the edge of the area to beat shot-stopper Andrew Grainger from Liam Jarvie’s clever cutback.

Two vastly different goals took the tally to seven, as Joe Ferguson converted from a loose penalty save, and Anthony Bell unleashed a low drive through the body of the shot-stopper from outside the area.

Newton Aycliffe loanee, Aaron Brown, settled the Herculean haul, stretching out a boot to turn Danny Boyle’s seeking cross passed Andrew Grainger for a record eighth goal deep into stoppage time.


For First Team Manager, Gary Forster, the result had been on the table for a number of weeks.

The head coach praised his side’s recent efforts, even in defeat to Carlisle, labelling the Benfield battering a complete ‘team performance.’

It was an excellent performance, and I think it was coming.

We had a behind-closed-doors friendly against Redcar Newmarket last week, and we put them to the sword a little bit.

I know they’re a couple of divisions below, but it showed. We got a couple of good patterns of play going, the forwards were interlinking with each other.

I thought we were good at Carlisle, we went two-nil down but after that we dominated.

So I do believe that result has been coming.

The Redcar dugout celebrates as the full-time whistle blows. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

I watched them a couple of weeks ago, and they were good against Guisborough, they were the better side.

So to do that to them there, I think some of the lads deserve some massive credit.

I think Wheats was outstanding, Layton Watts was excellent, Jarvie to grab a hat-trick…

To be honest, mentioning one player is probably not right. That was as good of a team performance as what we are going to get at this level.


Across four previous meetings, Redcar Athletic had never beaten the Lions of Newcastle Benfield.

The Tynesiders had twice left Green Lane on the back of a hefty triumph, whilst the return fixtures both brought total gridlock.

Aaron Brown lands the final blow. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

Not only did the result prove historical for Redcar, but Gary Forster conceded his struggles against the club in the past, admitting the sensational victory brought him a sense of relief.

I think that shows, again, as I said during the week, the club is on a upwards trajectory.

Teams like Benfield, where the club wants to go – I’m not being disrespectful to anyone at the club – we want to be two or three leagues higher, so the likes of Benfield have to be beaten.

But Benfield are always a hard side to play.

I’ll be honest, I can’t remember the last time I beat Benfield.

They were the last club to knock me out of the Vase about four years ago, and they were my last game at Guisborough – my first and last game at Guisborough.

Benfield have been a bit of a bogey side for me, because they’re always hard work, and good, so to stick eight past them was unbelievable.


A goal to the good, but riding a little bit of pressure, Gary Forster made the bold decision to alter his formation after just quarter of on hour.

The boss moved club captain, Anthony Bell, into a back three, giving Mason McNeill and Joe Thompson extra license out wide.

Anthony Bell featured on the left side of a back three. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

The switch not only gave the Steelmen more attacking impetus, but re-enforced what was a steadfast backline.

With three holding the fort at the back, Redcar Athletic kept their first clean sheet of the Northern League season, even as Matty Wilkinson had very little to do.

We’d gone one-nil up, we aim to start on the front foot, and overload certain areas.

We got the one goal.

We just thought we could control the game a little bit better, and control their threat by doing that.

Belly, I owe him a pint, because I thought he was the pick of our midfield players, and he dropped into centre half, and I thought he marshalled the side really well.


The Steelmen are on their travels again next weekend – facing league-leaders, Shildon – but return to Green Lane in December for the first of a festive triple header.

The Christmas rundown begins on Saturday 9th December, as Crook Town visit the Redcar coast for what promises to be an enticing affair.

We hope to see you all then, for some festive football.

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