13 Apr 2019 in News
By Andrew McDonnell
Seaham Red Star vs Newcastle Benfield
Competition: Northern League Division One
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Ground: Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium, Seaham Town Park, Seaham, SR7 0HP
Seaham Red Star manager Mark Collingwood has thrown down the gauntlet, one final time this season, and said he wants "three points" against Newcastle Benfield.
The Star have lost their last two matches in Northern League Division One and will be hoping to close out the 2018-19 season with one final victory.
Benfield, who play in the League Cup final at Seaham on Easter Monday, have won two of their last three games, but Collingwood is determined to put in a "good performance".
“I want three points. We want to finish the season on a high," he said. "We can finish a couple of places below mid-table or, if we get beat and results go against us, we could finish fourth-bottom.
“We want to finish higher up as opposed to lower down, but we just want to end on a high. Whoever goes to the game, whether that’s 80 people, 100 people, 120 people or 200 people, we want to give them something to hold on to through the summer.
“We really want to put in a good performance tomorrow. We probably won’t be able to fill the bench, but these players are good enough to get a result.
“We have to go into it with the right mentality and make sure that we reward the people that’s stood by us with a display. We need to put a marker down for next season, it’s all about progression for me.
“In the first quarter of the season, I’d have said we had no chance of beating (Newcastle) Benfield. However, I look at tomorrow and think that we’re as good as them and everyone else in this league - we need to prove that.”
Looking back on the season as a whole, it's been somewhat of a rollercoaster for the club as, just a few months ago, they were locked in a relegation battle.
However, after a huge turnaround in the playing squad, they started to fight back and gained safety and will play Division One football again next season.
Highlights are doing the double over both North Shields and Stockton Town - and also beating Consett - because, according to Seaham's boss, they beat teams that they "had no right to beat".
Collingwood added: “Beating the teams that we had no right to beat. We beat North Shields twice, Stockton (Town) twice, Consett once. Moments like that, if I’m being honest.
“We started the season with nothing, in terms of finance and teams that we’re competing against. We started the season with boys, not men.
“It’s just nice to not be in the bottom three, which was the remit before the season started. My remit was to not get relegated and I’ve achieved that.”