Match Report: Redcar Athletic Reserves 4-3 Fishburn Park

Steve Simpkin

Steve Simpkin

Redcar Athletic Reserves Manager

A fine performance, coming out deserved winners.

Indeed, it was 4-1 and totally comfortable going into injury time, when concentration went and we conceded two, making it look a much more even contest on paper than it had actually been in reality.

We started the game by employing our compact, defensive system that has served us well in the last two games, and it once again worked well, preventing Fishburn from creating any meaningful attacks.

In possession, we were much improved in the final third, and deservedly took the lead after 22 minutes through Makafui Johnson.

Fishburn did equalise though, when a deep lofted cross was confidently headed home.

In the second half, we changed the system to an attacking 4-3-3, and it worked a dream.

We were on the front foot throughout and added goals from David Bradley and another for Makafui Johnson, before debutant Eniola Smith came off the bench to grab the fourth.

Cruising at 4-1, we were seeing the game out when we allowed concentration to drop, and Fishburn grabbed two injury time consolations.

Match Reaction: Steve Simpkin

A first win since September, a fruitless streak stretching 16 outings, with a lone point in such time: Saturday’s triumph is truly cause for celebration for Steve Simpkin’s valiant Reserves.

A young squad, Steve’s men proved undeterred in the face of adversity, giving their all for their boss week in, week out, finally to due reward.

“I’m really pleased we managed to finally put a win on the board.” The Reserves boss admitted.

“It’s testament to the lads, who’ve really dug in this last month in training, and in matches.

“They’ve worked hard on making us solid in defence and tougher to beat, and I knew if we achieved that then confidence would grow, we’d start taking our chances and we’d start winning games.

“Hopefully, we now finish the last four games of a difficult season, strongly.”


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