Match Reaction: Redcar Athletic Reserves 0-1 Grangetown Boys Club

Redcar Athletic Reserves boss Steve Simpkin lauded his side’s efforts in the wake of a defeat to promotion-chasing Grangetown.

Falling to a lone lapse in concentration at the back, Simpkin proved rather pleased  by the performance of his young Reserves, despite clocking another defeat.

The coach admitted hours on the training ground had been spent implementing a new ideology, one of which would see his team prove harder to break down.

Steve Simpkin

Steve Simpkin

Redcar Athletic Reserves Manager

Toe-to-toe with one of the league’s best for most of a tight 90 minute affair, Simpkin offered his delight at the much improved commitment of his side, critical only of their exploits in the final third.

He said: “Back at home, on our main pitch, on a lovely day, and with a full squad available: certainly a boost to the lads prior to kick off.”

“Knowing we had a tough run of games ahead, we had worked really hard in training on a new system in a bid to make ourselves harder to break down.

“We knew this would mean less time with the ball, but we had to make ourselves harder to score against by playing in an organised and disciplined shape.”

The Reserves boss continued: “For 44 minutes against the second placed team, it worked a dream, and Grangetown struggled to create anything meaningful.

“Unfortunately, a momentary switch off from the team saw a goalkick headed straight back over eight players, and the Town forwards capitalised to score.

“In the second half, we had to go and chase the game more, and I was pleased with our possession and approach.

“It was just that final third again where it broke down.

“Having to chase also left us open defensively, and it’s fair to say were it not for several quality saves from Dan Simpkin, then we would have come off with a worse scoreline.”

“All in all, a much better showing for effort, commitment and determination.

“I couldn’t have asked for more effort. We just need to add some quality in the final third.”

Redcar Athletic Reserves are somewhat on their travels at the weekend; it’s a derby of some sort at Rye Hills School, as Steve Simpkin’s men face tough opposition in high-flying Redcar Newmarket (Darlington United).

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