Wearside League Cup Redcar Athletic 6 Whitehaven 0
Redcar Athletic progressed with a 6-0 win over Whitehaven on Saturday.
Redcar Athletic got off to a flyer in this Wearside League Cup 1st round match when taking the lead on 65 seconds. Chris Bivens picked out ANDY JENNINGS in the opposition's penalty area with his cross from the right and the tall striker's shot deflected off a Whitehaven defender into the bottom-right-hand corner of the net. Whitehaven had a great opportunity to equalise in the 5th minute when an woeful back pass by Danny Wray was latched onto by centre forward Greg Quayle, but although he calmly slotted the ball under keeper Matthew Berry, it drifted past the right hand post. In the 26th Sam Webster put Andy Jennings into the area with a cheeky flick of the ball over a Whitehaven defender's head and Jennings square it to his right for LEWIS WOOD to thump a shot low into the net to double Redcar Athletic's lead.
Redcar Athletic came within an inch of making it 3-0 in the 34th minue when Andy Jennings put Sam Webster in down the left and his drilled ball across was met on the run with a shot by Michael Woodhouse only for it to scrape the paint off the right hand post and ruffle the outside netting,which in turn resulted in the half raised arms of the Redcar Athletic fans being dropped to the sound of loud sighs. Michael Woodhouse then fired his next shot into the net on 40 minutes when put into the area by Andy Jennings, but the linesman had his flag up straight away for it being offside and the referee ruled it out. However it was only a further 2 minutes before Redcar Athletic scored their 3rd goal and it came with a great move when Chris Bivens played a classy 1-2 with Kristian Kamara on the right before firing over a inch perfect cross in the penalty area for SAM WEBSTER to neatly place his header into the Whitehaven net.
H-T Redcar Athletic 3-0 Whitehaven AFC
Whitehaven almost got themselves back into the match 2 minutes into the 2nd half when Craig Robson's superb 30 yard free kick looked destined for the top left hand corner of the net but Redcar Athletic Matthew Berry made the save of the day by somehow getting his right hand to it at full stretch, to stop it from going in. In the 58th minute Lewis Wood's corner kick into the Whitehaven area caused a mad scramble around the 6 yard box before CHRIS ATKINSON scissor kicked the ball into the net. It was 5-0 on 62 minutes when deep curling cross from the right wing by Chris Bivens (netting him a hat-trick of assists),was met by powerful header into the roof of Whitehaven's net by LEWIS WOOD from 15 yards out from goal. LEWIS WOOD netted his hat trick on 70 minutes with an absolute peach of a goal. Picking up a short pass from Chris Atkinson, Wood let fly straight away from 25 yards out with a shot that fizzed past Whitehaven keeper Tom Fowler before he could even move to try and save it and brought gasps of wonder out of the mouths of the Redcar Athletic fans. In the final 20 minutes Whitehaven worked hard to stop Redcar Athletic from increasing their lead further and were denied from gaining a consolation goal minutes from the end when Matthew Berry made a superb blocking save with his body from Greg Quayle's close range shot.
F-T Redcar Athletic 6-0 Whitehaven AFC
Matthew Dunford who missed Saturday's 6-0 drubbing of Whitehaven in Saturday's League Cup tie is still unavailable and Joe Bennett who stepped up from central defence to midfield for that match, will remain in that position after a sparkling performance, for Wednesday's local derby game against Wolviston. It is hoped that no changes to the starting line up will be needed to be made, but there may be places on the bench for 1 or 2 from the Reserves Team with James Swann out injured and Joe Ferguson likely to be unavailable due to work commitments.