Carl Jarrett offered his thoughts as the Steelmen's season ended in a bitter defeat.

The Redcar boss praised his injury bedraggled side for ‘plodding on’ until the end, but admitted they had a role to play in their own downfall with a number of defensive mistakes.

Newly-crowned champions Bishop Auckland raised the coveted Division One trophy at the end of play on Thursday evening, Redcar Athletic’s hopes of spoiling the party atmosphere thwarted inside four minutes.

Rio May rose to nod home from JJ Bartliff’s in-swinging corner, Liam Henderson on hand to turn home from a goalmouth scramble by the half hour.

Bartliff joined the scoresheet himself seconds after play resumed, May on target for a final time to bring to Steelmen’s ambivalent campaign to a disappointing, yet poetic end.

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For Carl Jarrett, fielding a side was almost a bigger challenge than what to do when the referee’s whistle blew, but that wasn’t to take away from the quality of the Two Blues.

“The table doesn’t lie, does it.” The boss said. “I’ve got no complaints about the result, Bishop Auckland were very good tonight.”

“We had a game on Tuesday night, two days ago, and I’ve asked a couple of the lads if they could roll their sleeves up and try to play through the pain barrier.

“There was seven of them at least that shouldn’t even have been on the pitch tonight.

“It’s no excuse, as I said, Bishop Auckland were very good tonight. That’s why they’re the champions.

“Fair play to our lads though, for just rolling their sleeves up and giving it a good shot.”

Injury ravaged or not, Jarrett admitted the Steelmen had a role to play in their own downfall, with standards below the level he and the squad had set with an eye on next season.

“We shot ourselves in the foot.” He said. “We conceded a goal off a set play. I gave people individuals to mark, and we’ve not followed our runners.”

“We got caught with a ball over the top, and we’ve given a sloppy free kick away. We couldn’t clear and lines and then we’re 2-0 down.

“Another set play, our set, a ball over the top kills us. 3-0. The game’s dead and buried.

“Tonight, we just weren’t aggressive enough in our own box. That’s what has cost us our goals.”

Amidst the disappointment, the Redcar boss picked out a number of positives, not least Curtis Round’s first half goal, which looked wrongfully chalked off for an offside.

“Our shape actually worked okay in the first half.” Jarrett offered. “We had a couple of chances ourselves to get forward.”

“We scored a goal off Curtis, which wasn’t offside. I didn’t think it was anyway, and most of our lads said the same. It was decent.

“That was something to look at positively at half time.

“The lads just plodded on. They tried their hardest until the end really. That’s the way it was.

“I can’t praise the lads enough who’ve stepped up to play, when they shouldn’t be, but it just wasn’t good enough for the standards that we’ve set going into next season.”


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