REDDITCH kept their Summer League title challenge on track with an emphatic 8-1 victory at Droitwich, although the visitors had to recover from a goal down.
With the campaign entering its final stages, Redditch went into the game sitting second in the table behind Stourport Veterans on goal difference, but their hopes of sealing a big victory were rocked early on as the hosts took the lead.
However, this was only a blip soon as soon afterwards Pete Dawson was given time in the box to place a reverse stick strike past the keeper before Dawson was involved in Redditch’s second goal as he sent Harry Capewell through one-on-one with the keeper, who Capewell rounded with ease to put Redditch ahead.
As the first half wore on, Redditch slowly gained the ascendancy with Ade Young and Ben Haresign standing strong at the back and the midfield pairing of Andy Billingham and Jacob Beard gaining a foothold in the game.
Billingham won a free hit just outside the box, which Dawson used to good effect as he worked his way into the D and fired a firm strike into the corner to increase Redditch’s lead.
With half time approaching, Redditch were again awarded a free hit dangerously close to the Droitwich box, which was once again the hosts’ undoing as Haresign ventured upfield to flick the ball into the corner for his first goal for the club.
The second half began with Redditch stamping their authority on the game and opening up more gaps for their forward players to try and exploit, which worked as Capewell was able to score his second of the game with a rebounded effort.
Knowing goals were the main objective now, Redditch pushed more players up the pitch in the hope something could come of it, which it did as Jonny Styzaker was gifted too much time in the Droitwich D and fired past the keeper to give Redditch a sixth goal, which became seven soon as Styzaker played a wonderfully weighted ball to Dan Waite, who placed the ball past the despairing keeper.
With the game coming to a close and many tired legs on the pitch, there was time for one more goal and it went the way of Redditch again as Capewell scored his third.
Redditch host local rivals Bromsgrove in their next game.