FOOTBALL - Cameron goal earns Redditch United impressive win at Leiston - The Redditch Standard

FOOTBALL - Cameron goal earns Redditch United impressive win at Leiston

Redditch Editorial 6th Nov, 2023 Updated: 6th Nov, 2023   0

MATT Clarke insists his players believe they can win every game after Redditch United battled to an impressive 1-0 victory away at Leiston.

Alex Cameron scored the only goal of the game on the hour mark at Victory Road as the Reds extended their unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions.

The result means Redditch sit fourth in the Southern League Premier Central table and boss Clarke believes the club’s recruitment drive is behind the Reds impressive start to the season.

Clarke said: “We missed some very good chances in the first half, there were some fantastic combinations on the counter attack.

“The message at half time was to be patient, we’re going to score and if we scored I felt we could shut up shop and continue to look for more goals and that’s what we did.

“It was a very good professional performance at a very difficult place to come, we were never going to use the journey as an excuse, we believe we can win every game.

“We’ve got better players in the building, we’re a better team and we’re stronger [compared to the start of the season], we’re really positive and look like we’re going to score goals and keep clean sheets.

“We couldn’t do that at the start of the season, we’ve strengthened and have a more balanced team and we’re much better for it.

“Barwell is a really tough game, I don’t think we’ve beaten them since I’ve been manager here, they’re a very well-drilled team who play a good brand of football.

“It will be one of our hardest games of the season, they seem to be a bogey team for us and we’ve got to try and exorcise that ghost and continue the run that we’re on.”

Redditch spurned a glorious early chance to take the lead when Danny King went through one-on-one only to shoot straight at Leiston goalkeeper Sam Donkin.

Leiston responded with a chance of their own as the ball ran through to Ross Crane at the back post with Adam Harrison diving low to his right to turn the shot around the post.

The Reds wasted another opening to break the deadlock when King played in Cameron with Donkin equal to the striker’s low shot.

And Reece Flanagan was next to miss the target, sending a header wide from six yards out after excellent work from Jaiden White.

However, the Reds eventually opened the scoring on 60 minutes when Cameron placed a shot into the bottom right corner from King’s lay off after Harrison kicked upfield and Flanagan delivered a dangerous low cross.

Leiston searched for an equaliser but failed to seriously trouble Harrison as the visitors held on for an impressive win on the road.

Redditch are next in action at home to Barwell on Saturday, November 11 with kick-off at 3pm at the Valley Stadium.


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