A seething Gary Forster has his say on a bleak afternoon for Redcar Athletic.

The boss was left both enraged and disappointed by the Steelmen’s ineptitude, lamenting their ability to perform the basics of defending in the wake of a record defeat.

The Frenchfield Stadium.

Redcar succumbed to a rampant Penrith in the fog at Frenchfield, crumbling in the face of a second half rout.

Mason McNeill opened the Steelmen’s account for the new year, his vicious finish sandwiched between a three minute brace from Connor Shields.

Debutant Dale Hopson notched a double of his own, dazing the Blues’ defence with a cross-turned-shot, before ensuring parity come the break from the penalty spot.

The Cumbrians simply stunned Gary Forster’s men as play resumed, racking up a three goal cushion inside quarter of an hour.

Connor Shields proved the star for the Bonny Blues, nodding home a perfect hat-trick to ignite the rout, before later pouncing on a loose ball to seal his fourth.

His fellow Connor, Hammell fared similarly infallibly, producing a world-class finish from range to further embarrass the reeling Redcar.

Come Luke Hunter’s ninth goal in the dying embers, the travelling Teessiders were indebted to the final whistle, on an afternoon that will live long in the memory, for a cohort of the wrong reasons. 


Positives were at a premium for the club on a bleak afternoon in the Eden Valley, and first team boss Gary Forster certainly recognised that.

The manager rued the absence of a number of key players – through both injury and suspension – whilst admitting the performance was one of utter disarray.


We came here with a very attacking line-up, and unfortunately, it seems to have bitten us in the backside.

If you look at our midfield, it’s probably three ‘number 10’s’ we’ve played due to suspensions, which I think have finally caught up with us.

We have a couple of injuries too.

That’s four key players that have come out of the side, but that isn’t an excuse.

The coaching team in the dugout at BM Bi-Fold Green Lane. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

We had enough on the pitch to win the game, and to win the game comfortably.

People are just not doing what the basics are. People aren’t doing what it says on the tin, or what it says on the wrapper, or what they’ve promised us. They are not delivering.

Changes now have to be made, and they have to be made quickly.

The lads will be in most of the week, as a punishment for that performance to be honest.


Renowned as one of the greatest attacking outlets in the region, Redcar Athletic certainly do not boast a defence to match.

The Steelmen have shipped 43 goals in the Ebac Northern League this season, residing in the bottom six in the division in terms of goals conceded.

Plagued by simple mistakes, a frustrated Gary Forster labelled his side simply ‘too easy to score against.’

I think the warning signs were there.

I think we controlled the game in the first half. The three goals were so easy for us to concede.

We can look at individual errors. I think that is what’s carried on into the second half.

Don’t get me wrong, they were clinical, but we were just too easy to score against.

We could have played anybody there. That’s no disrespect to them, but we were so easy to play against.

The Frenchfield Stadium.

People just didn’t want to do the basics of defending. It is an art, and it’s either in you, or it isn’t in you.

I think some of our lads need to look at themselves now and think, do I want to do those basics.

We call ourselves the Steelmen, but that is very far from what we are at the minute.

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