Carl Jarrett offered his thoughts in the wake of a fifth successive Green Lane triumph for the bare bones of Redcar Athletic.

Goals from Adam Boyes and Curtis Round befell a spirited Tow Law Town, a side the boss praised for great endeavour, even in defeat.

Sat rock bottom of the division in the midst of a dismal season, Carl Jarrett had plenty of time for the effort the Lawyers committed to the game, even from a losing position.

It took the Steelmen a mere seven minutes to break into the lead, a delicious long ball from Dale Hopson, and a sublime lofted finish from Adam Boyes to match.

Curtis Round bundled goal number two over the line, lunging in on a loose ball ahead of his strike partner, who notched a second of his own minutes before the break, thanks to a pin-point pullback from Brad Mills.

Even in victory, injuries and squad depth stole the headlines, as shot-stopper Matty Wilkinson was forced onto the field of play in the red and navy, striking the post as the clock struck ninety in a near greatest moment of the season.

CARL JARRETT

Not bad, but not perfect. That perhaps sums up Carl Jarrett’s take on a fairly routine afternoon.

Nevertheless, the boss was keen to offer nothing but praise for Tow Law Town, an outfit in a delectable position, but with the spirit to rival that of those challenging for the title.

Football is a results based business, isn’t it, and we’ve won.

It’s three in three, nine points from nine. You just can’t complain about that.

Nitpicking, obviously, I didn’t think we were tidy today with the ball. I thought we gave over possession too much.

Bad decision making in certain areas, in the second half especially.

In the first half, after we’d gone two or three up, I just thought we were going to romp home. Unfortunately, football is not always like that, is it?

Fair play to Tow Law by the way, for not stopping. They’ve given everything for their manager.

They ran right up to the ninety minutes.

For us, I’ve got to keep it right, and I’ve got to keep the morale up.

The performance, I think we’ve got to look at it and say to ourselves, seven out of ten maybe?

We’d played against West Auckland on Tuesday, and obviously Whickham the week before, and we were nines and tens across the park.

I guess you’ve got to look at the bigger picture, we’ve been playing with just eleven men, you know, no subs, and we’ve won again.

It keeps the run going, and we go into Tuesday against Sunderland RCA on a difficult pitch, with a few lads patched up!

CAN WE CALL IT A CRISIS YET?

It’s plain to see, the club are in the midst of somewhat of a selection dilemma.

Carl Jarrett could name just two players to man the bench on Saturday afternoon, in case of emergency, and to take matters from bad to a whole lot worse, both were called into action.

A knock to makeshift fullback Joe Ferguson saw 42-year-old First Team Coach Lee Bullock enter the fray, the former Whitby Town boss later joined in attack by shot-stopper Matty Wilkinson.

We’re down to the barebones. That’s an understatement really.

We’ve got loads of injuries. Every single game we seem to have a player pulling up.

Unfortunately, today, (Joe) Fergie has pulled up early doors, and we’ve had to put (Lee) Bully on.

Fair play to him to be fair. You know, 42-year-old, having to go on, but he’s had a good game.

We brought (Brad) Millsy off at the end just to give the lad a rest. He’s had a bit of a chest infection, so if we did have a bench, he probably wouldn’t have played.

So fair play to him, for standing up and playing as he did.

We brought Matty (Wilkinson) on, and he’s only gone and hit the post! He’s devastated he hasn’t scored.

As you can see, we’re going to need numbers.

There’s still quite a lot of niggles in the squad, so I might have to work my magic and see if I can bring a few faces in.

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