Newtown 0 Redditch 5
West Midlands Division One
THE KINGFISHERS kept their promotion fate in their own hands as they eased to victory in Mid-Wales on Saturday.
The win cements fourth place for Redditch and means victory over third placed Leamington in Saturday’s (noon) penultimate game of the season will give the Kingfishers a three-point cushion over the Warwickshire side heading into the March 19 season finale at Evesham.
With Stafford already crowned champions, the focus has turned to the battle for second place, which is currently occupied by West Bromwich who are two points ahead of Redditch but have just Saturday’s trip to bottom side Yardley to go.
Therefore, the maths is simple for Redditch, who know wins in their remaining two fixtures will secure a top two finish and promotion.
Redditch did not show any ill-effects of the journey to Wales although there was a scare in the first minute when the hosts went close.
The visitors were soon 2-0 up as Dan Waite bagged an impressive brace. The veteran rolled back the years with a fantastic top corner strike which left his team-mates in awe after a great crossfield ball by captain Pete Dawson.
His second goal was the complete opposite as the Newtown keeper expected a fierce shot but he was instead met with a first-time strike that caught him off guard and off balance.
Things got a little heated before half time as Redditch were reduced to nine men and Newtown to ten after an altercation following an aggressive foul by one of the Newtown players.
Redditch were in no mood to mess about after the break as they continued to dominate possession and it was not long before top scorer Harry Capewell added a brace of his own with some dazzling stick skills and movement to make the score 4-0.
Jonny Styzaker then continued to act as provider as he set up Jacob Beard in the closing minutes of the game to score his third goal of the season with a reverse stick strike from the top of the D.