September 22nd, 2016

Reds make move for Stratford forward Taylor

Reds make move for Stratford forward Taylor Reds make move for Stratford forward Taylor

REDDITCH United have made a seven-day approach for Stratford Town forward Mike Taylor.

Reds boss Darren Byfield wants to add the former Worcester City and Solihull Moors player to the ranks at the Valley Stadium having seen former Birmingham City and Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison depart earlier this week.

Morrison cited personal reasons and travelling issues as the reasons for his departure and his exit has left Byfield with just Danico Johnson, Jazz Luckie and Jason Cowley in the forward department.

Stratford boss Carl Adams said: “We have received a seven-day approach and Redditch will be able to speak to Mike in the next week.”

Meanwhile, United, who followed victories in their opening two Southern League Premier Division matches with a 1-0 defeat at Weymouth on Saturday followed by a 3-1 loss at ‘home’ to Kettering Town at Bedworth on Tuesday, will aim to bounce back when they make the trek to Norfolk to face King’s Lynn Town on Saturday.

The Reds looked to have done enough to secure a hard earned point at Weymouth only to lose to a 93rd-minute penalty from Charlie Davis.

In a dramatic finale, Reds substitute Jazz Luckie appeared to have been fouled inside the Terras’ box in injury time, only for the referee to wave away penalty appeals.

Weymouth broke upfield and, when Ricardo Dudley’s challenge on Ben Thomson stopped the hosts in their tracks, the United defender collected his second yellow of the game and was dismissed.

Worse was to follow though as, three minutes into injury time, a foul on Thomson inside the area prompted the referee to point to the spot and Davis gratefully converted the spot kick to secure all three points.

On Tuesday Redditch came up against an inspired Kettering side who recovered superbly from conceding a 15th-minute opener to defender Jordan Jones.

The right back steered the ball past Poppies keeper Paul Walker following excellent work on the left from Reece Hales to reward some excellent attacking football from United.

However, the visitors dominated the remainder of the game and secured maximum points despite the brilliance of Reds keeper Brad Catlow thanks to goals in the final quarter of the match from Callum Westwood and Spencer Weir-Daley (2).

Redditch, who handed a full debut to Solihull Moors loanee centre back Nat Kelly in midweek, will be without suspended duo Dudley and Clayton McDonald this weekend, although they will be available for next Saturday’s home game against Kings Langley.