Gary Forster hailed the Steelmen's 'togetherness' in the wake of an entertaining draw with table-topping Shildon.

The Redcar boss proved delighted with a point, praising his side’s improved performances as only the second side to complete the feat at Dean Street this season.

Dean Street, the historic home of Shildon AFC. (Photo: Ash Stone)

Redcar matched – and perhaps bettered – Shildon in the physical contest, seeing the better of a tight first period.

A low cross from Mason McNeill fashioned the shock opener, as Donny Holdsworth kept his cool to slot the ball into the path of an arriving Joe Thompson for a simple finish.

Shildon lead an onslaught on Athletic’s goal in search of a response, which finally came through an Andrei-Vasille Ardelean volley on the stroke of the hour mark.

GARY FORSTER

Whilst a point would have been a pipe-dream at kick-off, leading only to be pegged back prompted a bitter-sweet feeling in the Redcar camp.

For Gary Forster, even despite the setback, the defensive performance against the league-leaders was as good as it gets, and perhaps deserved more than a share of the spoils.

I think it was a good game.

To be fair to them, they were very attacking, they caused us certain issues but I thought the lads responded well.

I thought Guru and Wheats in particular were outrageous.

Gary Forster and Dave Onions parading the dugouts at BM Bi-Fold Green Lane. (Photo: Trevor Wilkinson)

I don’t feel that they really hurt us, but we never really hurt them either. It was a bit of a stalemate.

If it was a boxing match, it would have been a split draw, or whatever, and we would have to go again, which we do in a few weeks, and I’ll look forward to it.

I think that shows the level that we are at, and where we should be at. When we look at the league table we’re envious of where they’re at, and we need to get up somewhere towards that.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

A point in the lair of the once league-leaders proves the next step in a continuing uptick in form, as the Steelmen gradually improve from an indifferent start to an eagerly-anticipated campaign.

Redcar celebrate Liam Jarvie's first half hat-trick over Newcastle Benfield. (Photo: Trevor WIlkinson)

The boss believes confidence and ‘togetherness’ are at a high within the squad, and attributed it to the recent upwards trend in performances on the pitch.

If we can knock out performances – and I’ll include the Carlisle performance – like last week, and this week, if we can knock that into 15/20 games, then we’ll become a problem for other sides in this division.

We’ve got a good togetherness about the group now, which I don’t think was there early doors.

We probably made too many signings, and it’s taken a bit of time to get us to gel as a proper side.

NEXT UP AT GREEN LANE

The festive period is almost upon us, and with it comes a triple header at BM Bi-Fold Green Lane.

The Christmas rundown begins on the Redcar seafront on Saturday 9th December, as Crook Town come to visit, with local rivals Guisborough Town and title-favourites Shildon not far behind.

Find out more: Redcar Athletic Fixture List

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