REDDITCH United boss Paul Davis described Saturday’s 3-1 friendly victory over Romulus as a “very good exercise” after some members of his squad completed 90 minutes for the first time during pre-season.
Goals from Giancarlo Gabbiadini, Leam Howards and Jamie Ashmore secured victory against the Midland Football League side, leaving the Reds unbeaten during this pre-season campaign so far, but Davis was focusing more on performance and fitness following the final whistle at the Trico Stadium.
He said: “Of course, winning football matches is our ultimate goal, so I am pleased we showed a positive mentality and gained the victory.
“Our performance levels were decent, we dominated large parts of the game and scored some very good goals, but we need to move the ball quicker, be more clinical in front of goal and switch on defensively.”
Davis paid tribute to the Romulus management for assembling a side at short notice on Saturday.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, 7.45pm) Rugby Town will be the visitors to the Trico Stadium for what is a new fixture after original opponents North Leigh postponed their trip. Davis said he expects a stern test against Carl Adams’ side and it will be a good indicator as to what shape his squad is in.
He added: “There are a lot of players who will be familiar to the (Redditch) squad, with many playing for Stratford Town last season. I believe this game will act as a fair barometer of where the squad is in terms of preparation for the new season.
“It will also give my staff and I another opportunity to monitor the progress of some trialists, with the squad set to be trimmed in the next week or so, as I finalise my squad ahead of the season-opener in August.”
Entrance to the match is £5 for adults, £3 concessions and free for under 16s with an accompanying adult.