Athletic continue winning ways over Whitehaven
Another win against Whitehaven FC sees Redcar Athletic continue their current form
Athletic started off the game second best out of the two teams and were a goal down within four minutes of play.
After losing possession in their own half from, Redcar conceded a free kick in their own half from just outside of the penalty area. The strike from Nathan Dryden was low and hard and although Athletic keeper, James Fleming managed to get a hand to the ball, the power off the shot was just too much, resulting in an early goal for Whitehaven.
Their lead only last five minute though, with Alex Maphosa making sure the ball ended up in the back of the net, with Adam Preston's initial shot under threat of being cleared by Whitehaven defenders.
In what proved to be a quick start by both teams, Whitehaven then regained the lead on the fifteen minute mark, with a fluke of a goal from near the halfway line.
Whitehaven full-back, David Grant picked the ball up around the halfway line and played an attempted long ball forward, taking an unlucky deflection off the shoulder of Chris Bivens. Fleming looked to have it all under control until losing his sight of the ball in the sun and only spotting the ball too late, as the ball dropped just under the crossbar into the net.
Again though, Athletic equalised with another swift reply, through Adam Preston, only four minutes after the goal.
Chris Bivens picked up the ball and played a smart pass through towards Lewis Wood on the right wing, who after beating defender, David Grant, managed to play in Preston who finished superbly into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
And Redcar capitalised on the equaliser, going ahead for the first time in the match in the 33rd minute.
Similar to the previous goal, Michael Woodhouse played a smart ball down the wing towards Joe Ferguson, who's controlled pass, back into the penalty area, was met by Lance Skelton, who managed to put the ball in the back of the net.
Skelton was then denied only minutes later, after being played in by Lewis Wood, but was denied by a superb reflex save from the Whitehaven keeper, Ian Studholme.
After half time, Athletic knew they needed another goal to convince themselves of victory, and it was no surprise when they got their fourth.
In the 58th minute, Adam Preston managed to fire home from a powerful header, with Lewis Wood picking up another assist from a corner kick.
Whitehaven had a chance to shorten the deficit in the 64th minute, with another low shot from Nathan Dryden heading into the bottom corner. This time Fleming got a strong hand to it and managed to push it round the post to concede a corner, and keep the two goal cushion.
Althletic continued to push their opponents and searched for their fifth goal of the game.
Preston had the chance to complete his hat trick, but was let down by some poor finishing, before just before full-time, substitute, Kieran Stares had a chance at goal.
After managing to play the ball around six defenders, Stares took a powerful shot on goal, with Ian Studholme managed to deflect the ball away from goal and out for a corner. Athletic fans were joined with the Whitehaven support in the applause for the effort, for what would have been an early contender for goal of the season.
After the win, Redcar remain 2nd in the Wearside League, only 2 points behind the leaders.