Horden CW 1-1 Redcar Town – Ebac Northern League Division Two

Horden CW and Redcar Town played out an entertaining draw in the Ebac Northern League Division Two.

Redcar forward Kurtis Howes had two great chances to open the scoring within the first 10 minutes – firing over the bar from close range before sending a lobbed effort from the edge of the area just over the bar.

Horden came close in the 35th minute when Kieran Campbell’s cross found Jack Maskell who could only place his effort wide of the post.

Redcar had another great chance to put themselves ahead in the 42nd minute – Michael Prest was sent through on goal with only Craig Foster to beat, but the forward hit his effort straight at the keeper.

The hosts took the lead just a minute later – a long free kick into the Redcar penalty area was flicked on to Charlie Upperton, who neatly placed his effort into the bottom corner.

Redcar were arguably the better side in the first half and should have been three goals to the good, however not taking their chances cost them and saw Horden go into the break with the one goal lead.

Horden were reduced to 10 men 55 minutes in when Ross Kidson brought down Howes in the area after he was sent through on goal.

Nico Weatherald stepped up and placed his spot kick down the middle to get his side back into the game.

Although Redcar had a man advantage, Horden managed the game well and reduced the visitors to few chances as they pushed forward in numbers.

The visitors came agonisingly close to snatching all three points in the final minute of stoppage time.

Redcar stopper Mike Algie started a counter attack from a Horden corner by throwing the ball to Sam Webster, who burst through the middle and played in Howes who could only send his effort wide of the post.

Horden held on for a point which takes them top having played more games than their rivals. Horden host Jarrow in their next game, whilst Redcar Town host Willington.

Adam Gill