Silksworth hit back too late to deny Redcar

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SILKSWORTH CW launched a spirited fightback, but they could not erase a three-goal deficit in last night’s Wearside League game at home to Redcar Athletic, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

It looked all over for Mark McGinley’s side when they conceded three goals in the opening 27 minutes.

After just six minutes, Richie Playforth fired past goalkeeper Joe Clayton from some distance and almost immediately Keiran Staires cleverly chipped the ball into the net for 2-0.

Regular marksman James Kesterton made it three for the fourth-top side, heading past Clayton, but, from then on, Silksworth tightened up at the back.

They were given a lifeline on 70 minutes when Redcar goalkeeper Matthew Berry punched a Mark Robinson corner into his own net.

Two minutes later, it was all to play for as Craig Lines netted to cut the deficit to 3-2, but, although they pressed in the later stages, the Colliers were unable to produce an equaliser.

Redcar’s win, their 10th in 14 games this season, saw them close to within six points of joint leaders Ryhope CW and Stockton Town.