The Redcar boss celebrated his Steelmen's resolve, as Layton Watts settled a deserved turnaround at the death.

Carl Jarrett admitted to feeling pleased, relieved and excited come the final whistle, a credit to a Redcar side of both persistence and endeavour.

In control from minute one-through-ninety, the Steelmen trailed at the break as to a lone defensive mistake.

South Shields youngster Dan Savage pinched the ball of the feet of Chay Liddle, seeking the far bottom corner with a tidy effort.

Relentless pressure finally paid dividends as the clash approached its dying embers; Adam Boyes towered to convert from a tenacious Brad Mills’ dangerous, in-swinging delivery.

The Robins’ net besieged, Redcar twice struck the upright, once rattled the bar, and three times fell victim to a last-ditch clearance, before Layton Watts pounced on a loose ball to salvage success from the brink of ‘Groundhog Day.’

CARL JARRETT

Delighted with the response to an ‘under par’ first period, Carl Jarrett offered high praise to his resurgent Steelmen.

Brilliant! An absolutely brilliant second half performance.

We just weren’t at the races in the first half. I thought a lot of our players were under par.

I’m not trying take anything away from them (North Shields), I thought they were a good team. They knocked the ball around well.

We just didn’t do our basics right in certain areas inside the first half.

Me and ‘Bully’ came in at halftime, you know, we haven’t ranted and raved, we just told them what we could be better at, and we went out and were a totally different team.

We dominated the full second half, and it’s like I’ve just told the lads, goals change games.

Once we got the first one, it was just on and on and on, and it was only us really that looked like we were going to score.

Did I want it to be 95th minute? Well, they’re the nice ones when you do win them like that, but I do believe with the chances we’ve had in that game, we could’ve won that easily by a little bit more.

But, fair play to the lads, they’ve dug deep, and we’ve got a vital three points at home.

Hopefully, we can take that into Tuesday.

‘TEAMS WANT TO BEAT REDCAR ATHLETIC’

Quizzed about the possibility of spurring momentum from such rapturous stoppage time delight, Carl Jarrett offered that his side faced a somewhat more complex challenge.

Building a team of some calibre, the boss admitted high-profile signings and appointments may place somewhat of a target over the Steelmen’s heads.

Regardless, expectations are high heading into a difficult sixteen game run, with a positive mentality needed to get the best out of a rather difficult division.

This could go one way or another, you know.

Our expectations are to try and keep this going into the next game, Tuesday night against Richmond, then away next week at Heaton ‘Stan.’

They’re all difficult games in this league.

Everyone is looking at us now since I have come in, with the management team we’ve got, and having signed some players from above.

Bully spoke at halftime about teams wanting to come and beat you. These teams want to beat Redcar Athletic.

We’ll enjoy our three points tonight, and it was great to get it in-front of that crowd.

GROUNDHOG DAY

Behind at the break despite a rampage on the Shields’ goal, the Redcar boss admitted his mind was cast back to the bitter defeat to West Allotment Celtic.

In spite of such pressure, Redcar rebounded with venom, taking the plaudits from a quietly relieved Carl Jarrett.

After the last game we had, I first thought it was going to be Groundhog Day, which would’ve been upsetting for us.

Things like that, where the lads have dug deep in the second half, I’ve got to take my hat off to them.

They’ve played really well. Special mention to our two fullbacks, Millsy and Fergie, both were excellent.

Overall, happy, and pleased, and fingers crossed now we can start a run!

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