FOOTBALL - Redditch United show class to upstage Rushall in FA Trophy - The Redditch Standard

FOOTBALL - Redditch United show class to upstage Rushall in FA Trophy

Redditch Editorial 20th Nov, 2023 Updated: 20th Nov, 2023   0

MATT Clarke wants his side to be more clinical after Redditch United secured an impressive 2-1 victory against Rushall Olympic to advance to the third round of the FA Trophy.

First-half headers from Ryan Wollacott and Musa Ceesay helped the Reds to a deserved victory against their National League North opponents at the Valley Stadium.

The win means Redditch are in the hat for the third round draw which takes place at 3.15pm on Monday, November 20.

Clarke said: “The boys were absolutely outstanding to a man but we’ve got to be clinical, that’s been a big problem for us this season, we’ve got into really good positions in games and we’ve not closed the game out.

“For all the possession and territory they had, we still looked very dangerous on the counter, it was a very well-deserved win against a really good side.

“From a club perspective it would be fantastic if we could get one of the big boys away from home and generate good funds and give some of our younger players experience at a good venue.

“On the other hand, you’re thinking can you get a team in the division below at home, if we can get a big club away or even at home and get as many people down here as possible that would be great for us.

“I hope the draw is kind to us, we’ve not had great draws over the last three years.”

The Reds took the lead on 15 minutes when Wollacott guided a superb header into the bottom right corner from Jaiden White’s cross from the left.

And United doubled their lead on 23 minutes as Ceesay rose highest at the near post to head home Reece Flanagan’s corner from the left.

The home side almost wrapped up the game before half time only for Prince Henry’s shot to come back off the underside of the crossbar.

And the Reds should have extended their advantage in the second half when White’s through ball released Danny King as the striker rounded the goalkeeper before shooting over the crossbar.

Rushall made the most of United’s missed chances to halve the deficit on 55 minutes as Andre Carvalho-Landell tapped home from close range.

However, the Reds held on to secure an impressive victory and dump higher level opponents Rushall out of the FA Trophy.

Redditch are next in action away at Leamington on Saturday, November 25 with kick-off at 3pm at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.


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