13th Dec, 2017

Battling Reds aiming for home comforts

Liam Moakes 12th Oct, 2017

REDDITCH United have the ideal chance to maintain their momentum when they entertain lowly St Ives Town at the Trico Stadium on Saturday on the back of last weekend’s Dior Angus-inspired comeback victory at Kings Langley.

The Reds were well below par in the first half in Hertfordshire and fell behind to Dean Hitchcock’s ninth-minute penalty – controversially awarded against Orrin Pendley after a seemingly fair challenge on Mitchell Weiss – but showed admirable character to battle back and claim their seventh win of the league campaign thanks to two goals in six minutes from Angus.

The red-hot forward drew the visitors level with a close range finish from Lewis Wright’s cross in the 71st minute before netting the winner from the penalty spot five minutes later having been brought down by keeper Ross Hampton.

Darren Byfield’s sixth placed side, who were able to welcome back key midfielder Kevin Monteiro into their squad at Kings Langley, will now be confident of more success against this weekend’s visitors from Cambridgeshire who have won just once in a dozen league games, including nine defeats.

After their shaky start to Saturday’s game, during which on-loan West Brom keeper Ethan Ross had to make two smart saves, the Reds grew in confidence and, despite the withdrawal through injury of midfielder Pauly Apostolopoulos, they were worthy winners by full time.

After Angus had taken his tally for the season to 13 goals in all competitions, the margin of victory could and arguably should have been greater but his strike partner Spencer Weir-Daley was denied by a smart save by Hampton in the closing stages.

The Reds are back on the road on Monday when they travel to Hitchin Town.

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