A 'delighted' Carl Jarrett offered a glimpse into the future, as Redcar Athletic ushered in a new era with a first win in six.
The new boss hailed the perfect start to his tenure, but admitted there was work to be done in anticipation of next season.
The ascension of Carl Jarrett dawned a new era upon the Redcar seafront, and for the swathes of travelling supporters, it certainly felt such a way.
A quartet of new additions displaced by the turmoil at Marske United cast a new look feel about the Steelmen, with the side near unrecognisable from the rank humiliation at Penrith.
Clinical goal-getter Adam Boyes lead the line, linking up almost telepathically with former Redcar Town man, Curtis Round.
The duo combined for the lone goal in what proved a tight match, thumped into the back of the net off the noggin of an ever-sharp Adam Boyes.
Kevin Burgess donned the captain’s armband, manning an organised backline to the credit of a rare clean sheet, only Redcar’s third across 24 outings in the current campaign.
Three points. Clean sheet. It was impossible to feel aggrieved if you were new boss Carl Jarrett.
The 52-year-old proved ‘delighted‘ with his side’s efforts on a decidedly poor playing surface, crediting both their discipline and solidity in the face of a spirited Northallerton.
I’m delighted, obviously.
Getting my first win, three points, obviously that’s the main thing. A clean sheet as well.
No bookings either, which is something. Good discipline.
We played on a very difficult pitch tonight.
Northallerton didn’t make it easy for us either, so fair play to them. They were well in the game as well.
It’s just about trying to get the basics right with the squad, you know, putting them all together and making sure that they understand how we want to try and do things.
It wasn’t the greatest pitch to play football on, like I said, and try to work in what we wanted to.
But you’ve got to be happy coming to Northallerton on a Friday night and getting your first win. And to keep a clean sheet?
It’s all about moving on to Birtley now, which will be another tough game on Tuesday night. We’ll try to keep all the lads together and go again.
BISH. BASH. BOSH.
Regarded as one of the finest sporting personalities in the region, Adam Boyes brings his instinctive finishing to the Redcar seafront, donning the red and navy for the first time in an alert showing.
The clinical number nine caused a stir upon joining the club, only furthered by finding the back of the net a mere 38 minutes into his debut.
Dubbed a ‘natural born finisher’ by the boss, Jarrett is one of many to expect a flood of goals from the former England C Team forward.
Hopefully. Fingers crossed.
He’s a natural born finisher, Boysie, as you can see there.
I think in the first 25 minutes he touched the ball about five times, all on his head.
Obviously, the ball that got put in there was a great ball off Curtis and he’s headed it in. That’s what he’s good at in the box. He’s a fox in the box.
I was disappointed that he didn’t get his second, to be fair.
He tried to take the goalkeeper on, he normally just bangs them home. It would’ve just finished the game off for us.
"A VERY GOOD SQUAD"
Inheriting a squad of high calibre – even before the addition of the Seasiders’ quartet – Jarrett was quick to praise their innate talent, but admitted gelling the new and old together would take time.
I was delighted with all the new lads, and I was obviously delighted with the lads that have been here as well.
It’s a big one for them, having a new manager come in, thinking that there’s going to be loads of changes and stuff, but there’s a very good squad here. A very good squad that I’ve inherited off Gary (Forster).
It’s all about trying to work the new lads and the old lads in together, and we should do well this season.
Whilst a win to kick-start his tenure bodes well for Carl Jarrett, the boss was keen to offer some perspective going forward.
Jarrett affirmed that his priority is sorting the squad out for next season, with the club adrift of the play-off scramble by a fair distance at the current point in time.
Days into his reign, the first team coach is still weeks away from establishing his first choice eleven, telling Ash Stone of the task at hand.
I think it will go on for a month (establishing a first choice eleven). Maybe a month and a half.
It’s the detailed stuff, like making sure that they understand how we want to play, and we’ll have to work it to make sure that people who are at the club can do that as well.
There’s a lot of good players here. I’m going to find it difficult to keep everyone happy. That’s my job, I’ve been doing it for a long, long time now.
I understand that I’m not going to be able to keep everyone happy.
The squad at the present minute is very talented, and there’s a lot of numbers here.
I’ve got to look at people and make sure that they’re not just sitting around in the stands, because I wouldn’t want to do that to lads.
A few might have to go out on loan and get games to keep up with the fitness side of things.
For me, it’s all about growing ourselves from now until next season, making sure we can get ready for that.
I want to give all the lads a fair crack of the whip along the way, and make sure that we’ve got a good squad by the end of the season.