REDDITCH took four points from a possible six during what was a hectic weekend for the Kingfishers with two games in as many days.
On Saturday, Redditch hosted Bournville 2nds who have lost only two games all season but sit in mid-table having now drawn six following a 1-1 draw against the Kingfishers.
Twenty-four hours later Adrian Young’s Redditch had to fight hard to win 2-1 in a rearranged fixture at a Leek side who have lost all 15 West Midlands Division One games, leaving Redditch second in the table and one point above third-placed Ludlow.
Shropshire opposition lie in wait this Saturday when Redditch visit ninth-placed Shrewsbury.
Saturday’s game was evenly matched and, although Redditch will be disappointed not to have had or converted more chances, they were also lucky to keep Bournville to one goal, largely down to the efforts of keeper Joe Cardy.
At half-time, Redditch were 1-0 up after veteran Dan Waite slotted home. This narrow lead remained intact thanks to plenty of graft, most notably from Harry Williams in central midfield, until three minutes from time when the Birmingham side scored a good goal from a penalty corner.
On Sunday, Redditch faced a tricky game at Leek 3rds which was rearranged from earlier this month when snow covered the pitch.
Depleted Redditch handed first XI league debuts to youngsters Ethan Reeves and Callum Jones, with Jones putting in a particularly spirited performance once his nerves had settled.
Leek seemed much stronger than when the teams met before Christmas and the Kingfishers worked hard for the result.
Waite scored his eighth goal of the season to make it 1-0 before half-time and Dan Jakeman scored his fourth goal of the campaign shortly after the interval to double the visitors’ advantage.
A string of saves from Cardy earned him the man of the match accolade but he was eventually beaten by the Leek attack as they scored a consolation goal.