September 24th, 2016

Reds bidding to bounce back

Updated: 5:26 pm, Mar 10, 2016

REDDITCH United will – weather permitting – resume their Southern League Premier Division promotion challenge at relegation-threatened Paulton Rovers on Saturday.

It has been a frustrating past seven days for the Reds as their five-match unbeaten run was brought to an end by a 2-0 defeat at play-off hopefuls Weymouth on Saturday before Liam McDonald’s side were denied the chance to bounce back when a floodlight failure led to the postponement of Monday’s game against Kettering Town at the Valley Stadium with players and fans waiting for the match to begin.

However, there remains all to play for in the battle to secure at least a play-off place and possibly mount an assault for the title as the Reds embark on what on paper looks a favourable run of fixtures against bottom half opposition.

Saturday’s visit to Somerset is followed by a trip to Cirencester Town – still the only side to defeat the Reds at the Valley this season – on Tuesday before successive home matches against relegation battlers Histon, Frome Town and Bideford.

United, who are fourth in the table – six points behind leaders Poole Town with a game in hand and three above sixth placed Leamington just outside the play-off zone – were this week charged with breaking FA Rule E10, which is failing to comply with suspensions, and concerns the selection of Jim Mutton and Jazz Luckie at St Neots Town following their red cards at King’s Lynn Town.

The Reds selected both players for the trip to Cambridgeshire but the FA says the duo – who have missed the last three matches – should have started their three-match bans at St Neots.

Both players have also been charged but, as the Standard revealed last week, McDonald has confirmed both the club and the individuals will be appealing against the charges as they believe an administrative error by the FA is to blame.

Both Mutton and Luckie are now free to play but the Reds face a fine and a likely points deduction if they are found guilty.

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