September 25th, 2016

Reds set for key Valley encounters

REDDITCH United boss Liam McDonald is looking to add some fresh faces to his squad as his side prepare for Saturday’s visit of St Neots Town.

The Cambridgeshire side’s trip to the Valley Stadium is the second of five successive home games for the Reds, who were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw by Biggleswade Town on Saturday which saw United drop a place to third in the Southern League Premier Division table.

The Reds were not at their fluent best yet still created enough chances to see off their Bedfordshire opposition, but they had to settle for a share of the spoils which extended their unbeaten league run to eight games.

Sam Merson – son of former Arsenal and Aston Villa star Paul – put the visitors ahead on 15 minutes before goals either side of half time from Danny Dubidat and George Carline put the hosts ahead, only for Shane Hill’s penalty – generously awarded to the visitors – to restore parity.

The Reds are now nine points behind leaders Poole Town with a game in hand following the south coast side’s 7-0 win at Histon on Tuesday, but McDonald is only concerned his side return to winning ways as soon as possible and Saturday’s game and Monday’s visit of Kettering Town provide the chance to do so.

Whilst McDonald is eyeing a couple of new additions to the ranks, he has allowed versatile summer recruit Jamie Ashmore to return to Bedworth United following the good form of Kyle Haynes and Cameron Young at right back and has also sanctioned the loan exits of Robbie Bunn and Simeon Maye to Littleton and Boldmere St Michaels respectively to get both more game time following their returns from injury.

The Reds will also assess the fitness of midfielder Max Loveridge, who exited the action early on Saturday with a knock.

Bonus Ball Draw ends

DUE to unforeseen circumstances, Redditch United FC has had to close its Bonus Ball Draw.

The draw was discontinued as of November 9 and all prizes due will be paid out.

The organisers would like to thank all members of the draw – which ran for about 20 years – for their unfailing interest and support over many years, which is much appreciated by all the Redditch teams involved.

All money that has been collected, less that paid out for prizes and the collectors’ commissions, has gone towards helping the club and it is with great regret the organisers now have no option but to wind things up.

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