20th Jul, 2018

Reds’ effort pleases Harris

Liam Moakes 12th Apr, 2018

REDDITCH United boss Tim Harris was content with his side’s efforts despite suffering a fourth defeat in five Southern Premier games as high-flying Weymouth won 2-1 at the Trico Stadium on Saturday.

On the back of an excellent 1-0 home win over Royston Town, the Reds matched their visitors from the seaside but went unrewarded. Tristian Dunkley’s 11th-minute goal had cancelled out Benjamin Thomson’s seventh-minute opener for the visitors but Brandon Goodship bagged a 25th-minute winner for Weymouth.

The match signalled the end of what was always going to be a testing set of fixtures against the likes of champions-elect Hereford, second-placed King’s Lynn Town and Chesham United.

However, Harris was pleased with United’s endeavours against third-placed Weymouth and now wants to see more of the same in the remaining four games of the season, starting with Saturday’s trip to St Neots Town following the postponement of Tuesday’s visit to St Ives Town due to a waterlogged pitch.

Harris, whose side sat 14th ahead of last night’s (Thursday) matches, said: “It doesn’t matter what division it is, playing the amount of games (four in eight) we have is incredibly tough.

“We have had to juggle the squad as a result but, pleasingly, our second half performance against Weymouth was the best we have played in the entire run. Unfortunately, we just weren’t quite good enough to get a result on the day.

“We’ll regroup, though, and get ready for St. Neots.”

St. Neots have won two of their last three outings and scored ten goals in the process, so a tricky test is in store in Cambridgeshire.

Harris will assess the fitness of both Ash Sammons (gluteus), who was forced off at half-time on Saturday, and Tyler Weir who is struggling with an ankle problem which he sustained during the Easter Monday clash against Hereford.

The visit to St Ives Town has been rearranged for Thursday, April 19.

A SPORTS evening with Scotland, Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns will be held at the Trico Stadium on Friday, May 18.

Burns will be speaking about his football career and the audience will also be entertained by a comedian and local compère Craig Dixon.

The event will start at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm. Tickets are priced £20 and include a pie and chips supper (vegetarian option available). For tickets, call 01527 67450.

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