REDDITCH suffered their first defeat of the West Midlands Division One season as promotion rivals Leamington’s 2-0 success lifted them above the visiting Kingfishers to the top of the table.
Redditch, who host Evesham in their final game before the festive break on Saturday, are now third – behind Stafford on goal difference and Leamington by two points having accumulated 22 points from their nine league fixtures so far.
The visitors headed into Saturday’s game in confident mood as they sought a victory which would have taken them three points clear at the top of the table.
However, as the game wore on Redditch battled with the conditions and had to deal with playing with ten men for much of the game.
Despite the good play and chances created, Redditch were unable to convert for the first time this season and Leamington were far more clinical in their finishing and bagged two goals to move to the summit.
There is another key encounter at the top of the table this weekend as Stafford host Leamington.
REDDITCH Badgers enjoyed a 9-0 home win over Bromsgrove on Saturday.
From the first whistle Redditch looked the better side as they created numerous chances.
After five minutes Eugene Reed was on hand to open the scoring and it was not long before Sean McCaughey’s excellent strike found its way into the bottom corner to double the lead.
The young Redditch side did not need an adult to guide them on the pitch. This task was left to captain Luke Staunton who had a good game in defence, as did James Denyer playing centre back for the first time.
Goals were aplenty and by half time Jack Drysdale was on the scoresheet with another wonder strike which was one of two goals in the game for him.
McCaughey also bagged a brace, as did Callum Jones, whilst Ben Tominski, Ben Cattell and Ben Morris also scored.
Redditch Badgers visit Worcester Potters on Saturday.