REDDITCH continued their impressive Summer League form with a thumping 9-1 home victory over Pershore, writes Matt Walton.
The depleted visitors were only able to field ten players in this rearranged game and Redditch saw this as the perfect opportunity to maintain their scoring touch, which they duly did as they ran riot.
Pete Dawson opened the scoring for Redditch, who had the majority of possession and began to carve out numerous chances for themselves as Dan Waite caused problems for the Pershore defence, which allowed Richard Sellors to double the hosts’ lead with a well worked team goal which is fast becoming the staple diet of the Kingfishers.
As the first half progressed, Pershore started to grow in confidence and began to attack the Redditch goal, but Ben Bryant on his return to the team made some important saves to keep his clean sheet intact as the half time whistle went with Redditch in command.
In the second half Redditch looked for more of the same attacking threat they had exhibited and it began well as Waite finished another great team goal.
It got better for Redditch as Sellors got his second goal of the game with the finishing touch after Jacob Beard fired a hard reverse stick strike past the Pershore keeper and it was soon 5-0 as Dawson jinked his way through the Pershore defence and laid the ball off to Matt Walton on top of the opposition area and he firmly struck the ball past the keeper.
With Redditch knowing there were more goals to be had, they continued to attack and were once again rewarded for their hard work when Sellors completed his hat-trick with a deft touch over the keeper.
Waite was then able to score his second of the game with a well taken goal and Redditch then scored their eighth goal as Wayne Beard audaciously chipped the keeper from a tight angle.
Against the run of play and after a defensive lapse from Redditch, Pershore scored a consolation goal, but the hosts had the final say when Waite recorded the second treble of the game with another clever finish.
This was Redditch’s biggest margin of victory ahead of their trip to Droitwich.