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27th May, 2022

FOOTBALL - Redditch United ease to crucial win against Stratford Town

REDDITCH UNITED cruised to a 3-0 win against Stratford Town to secure their third win in their last four home matches.

 

Aram Soleman, Ryan Wollacott and Dan Sweeney were all on target at the Trico Stadium as the Reds eased their relegation fears.

 

Redditch now sit 17th in the Southern League Premier Central table, two points clear of the drop zone.

 

Matt Clarke’s side had a couple of early chances as Sweeney’s low effort went wide before Wollacott headed narrowly over from a corner.

 

And the deadlock was broken on 39 minutes when Soleman finished superbly past Stratford goalkeeper Murphy Mahoney after a flowing one-touch move.

 

The Bards almost found an equaliser when Jack Storer broke in-behind the Redditch defence before his low cross drifted wide of the post.

 

The teams traded chances soon after when Sweeney curled a long range effort just wide with Stratford’s William Dawes shooting well over at the other end.

 

Redditch came close to doubling their lead when Sweeney’s low ball across the six-yard box was almost turned into his own net by a Stratford defender.

 

From the resulting corner, captain Wollacott rose highest to head into the top right corner on 70 minutes from Charlie Williams’ cross.

 

However, Reds defender Jamie Ashmore received a second yellow card for time wasting five minutes later to set up a tense finish.

 

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Redditch remained on top and almost extended their lead when Soleman’s cross was deflected into the hands of Mahoney.

 

And the visitors were then reduced to 10-men when Storer picked up a second booking for a late challenge on substitute Kieron Dawes with five minutes left to play.

 

Redditch completed the win on 89 minutes when Sweeney’s 25-yard effort found the top right corner via the aid of a slight deflection.

 

The Reds return to action against Alvechurch tomorrow night in the Birmingham Senior Cup quarter-finals on (Tuesday, January 18) with kick-off at 7.45pm at Lye Meadow.

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