Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Seaside Double Now Complete

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Seaside Double Now Complete

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Byline: RAY SIMPSON

REDCAR Athletic kept their nerve to lift the Wearside League title for the first time in their history at the weekend when they thumped Gateshead Leam Rangers 7-0. Leading the league by a point going into the day, Redcar needed to beat Gateshead because it was a certainty that Cleator Moor, their nearest challengers, would beat bottom club Coxhoe Athletic.

But Steve Connolly's men did the club proud, taking an early lead and settling those early nerves.

"We had a plan to start aggressively and get the first goal, which the lads executed perfectly," he said.

"We relaxed and the nerves went once we scored. I'm very proud of the lads and very happy for the committee and volunteers who work tirelessly in the background.

"We're all very excited about going into the Northern League. There are some fantastic clubs and grounds with rich histories, and lots of new friends to make."

After Andy Jennings headed against the bar, Adam Preston put Redcar into the lead, and by half time Jennings and Preston added further goals.

It was one-way traffic after half time, with Jennings, Jordan Rivis, Bryan Stewart and Anthony Jones all on target.

Redcar's title win completed a seaside double, as Marske United won the Northern League championship just a few days before. Redcar will now be in the same division as Thornaby and Billingham Town for season 2018-19.

Wolviston completed their fixtures with a 5-2 home win over Sunderland West End, whom they play again on Friday in the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup final.

Manager Steve Cook said: "It was a typical end of season affair with the added factor of neither side wanting to give too much away ahead of this week's cup final."

Andrew McGirr, Junior Masandi, Phil Otele (2) and Nathan Bayes scored the goals.

We had a aggressively first goal, lads Steve MARSKE United have learned who they will be playing in the new EvoStik League East next season - and there will be some much longer trips to what they're accustomed to. …

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