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FOOTBALL - Reds ease to St Ives win

Redditch Editorial 16th Feb, 2023   0

REDDITCH United secured a third successive home win with a comfortable 2-0 victory over St Ives Town as the Reds bounced back from their heavy defeat at Rushall Olympic in style.

Jack Byrne’s goal on 14 minutes proved decisive before Murphy Culkin made sure of the points just past the half-hour mark at the Trico Stadium.

The result means Redditch sit ninth in the Southern League Premier Central table.

Reds boss Matt Clarke said: “It was important that we got a positive reaction after the manner in which we got beat last week, I don’t think I slept for two or three days.

“We trained really hard all week, we came with a positive mentality and we put that into our play and we should have won a lot more comfortably in the end.

“We managed the game well in the second half, we passed the ball well, we competed and landed on second balls and played some really good stuff after last week’s embarrassment.

“We’re light on the ground, we need to bring a couple in and we’re working really hard to try and get a couple over the line to add some strength in depth to try and finish as high in the league as we can.

“The play-offs are too much for us now but if we can finish in the top-10 then it’s been a really positive season and a big improvement and progression from last season.”

Redditch took the lead when captain Byrne’s delightful flicked header found the net from Reece Flanagan’s corner.

And the home side doubled their lead on 33 minutes as Culkin headed in unmarked at the back post from Kornell McDonald’s cross from a short corner.

Redditch are next in action away at Royston Town on Saturday, February 18 with kick-off at 3pm at Garden Walk.


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