REPORT | Redcar Athletic 1-2 West Allotment Celtic
Second half goals from Callum Larmouth and Matty Hayton saw West Allotment pick up a pivotal 3 points away at Redcar Athletic.
West Allotment Celtic now move up to 10th position in the Northern League Division One and sit in the top half of the table for the first time this season.
The win looked to be a certainty after Callum Larmouth and Matty Hayton had Allotment 2-0 ahead after the hour-mark. However, a goal from Isaac Walker for the hosts with ten minutes to go made things a little uneasy for the boys in green.
The effort and hard work from the team was enough to see West Allotment hold out for another win on the road as they recorded their fifth straight victory.
It took a while for the game to really spark into life at Green Lane. The opening 45 minutes were cagey as neither side was able to grab a foothold of the game. The first small opportunity fell to West Allotment after 16 minutes as a shot from Gee Baltazar deflected off his teammate Rui Martins and drifted wide of the post.
On 19 minutes, Redcar Athletic came close to breaking the deadlock. A long-range effort looked like it was sailing into the top corner but Finn Hodgson was able to tip the ball onto the crossbar at full stretch and deny the hosts.
Chances continued to be quite rare and the next opening on goal didn't come until the 36th minute. Callum Larmouth drove towards goal with the ball at his feet, beat one man and then curled the ball towards goal from distance but the effort was just off target.
In first half stoppage time, Redcar nearly made Allotment suffer. The hosts counterattacked and a shot from the Redcar forward collided off the post as West Allotment were just about able to clear their lines to keep the score level going into half time.
It was the perfect start to the second half for West Allotment as they found themselves 1-0 up after 49 minutes. Matty Hayton broke away down the right before beating his man and then played the ball into the box where Callum Larmouth was there to put the ball into the bottom corner for his 23rd goal of the season in all competitions.
Two minutes later, Hayton almost put his side 2-0 ahead. Jake Forster played a well-weighted through ball to Hayton but the latter's effort was saved. On 55 minutes, Hayton came close again as he guided a looping header towards goal only for the ball to ricochet off the top of the crossbar.
It ended up being third time lucky for Hayton as he eventually found his goal on the hour-mark to double West Allotment's lead. A shot from Hayton from inside the box trickled just over the line as the Redcar goalkeeper got a hand to the shot. After some discussions between the referee and the assistant referee for a potential offside in the build-up, the goal was eventually awarded - Seven goals in five games now for Matty Hayton.
With 10 minutes to go and West Allotment looking rather comfortable, Redcar managed to halve the deficit as Isaac Walker reacted fast to capitalise on a mistake at the back. Walker tapped the ball home into the empty net to provide his side with a lifeline going into the final stages of the game.
Despite the late goal and rally from the hosts, Allotment continued to keep their composure and see the game out. Allotment nearly added a third goal on 83 minutes as Hayton was played through on goal but he couldn't keep his shot down as it flew over the bar.
Allotment: Hodgson, Williams, Parkinson, Forster, Scott (c), Higgins, Baltazar, Thompson, Hayton, Larmouth, Martins
Subs used: Beeston, Leech
Subs unused: Bryan, J. Bates
Goals: Larmouth (49'), Hayton (60')