A CRUCIAL Easter programme is in store at the Valley Stadium as Redditch United bid to keep their Southern League Premier Division play-off challenge alive.
Third placed Truro City can take a giant stride towards securing their own place in the end of season shoot-out with victory at the Valley on Saturday (3pm), but they will be met by the challenge of a home side who know victory will keep them firmly in the race for a top five finish ahead of their four remaining games against the current bottom four, the first of which is the visit of relegation-haunted Banbury United on Easter Monday (3pm).
Liam McDonald’s Reds go into Saturday’s match on the back of a 1-1 draw at Histon on Saturday in which defender Clayton McDonald gave the visitors a 55th minute lead with a close range finish, only for towering debutant Geoff Mitchell to fire a 78th minute equaliser against the run of play.
It was a disappointing end to a solid performance from the Reds who pressed for a winner but could not find one.
The first half had seen new French signing from Gloucester City Mor Serigne Diop show plenty of promise, but twice he let decent shooting positions go to waste, albeit once due to an unfortunate slip, whilst Leigh Phillips and Ashley Sammons also went close for the visitors.
Despite the disappointment of seeing two points slip away United boss McDonald believes there is everything still to play for and has called on the Reds faithful to replicate the fantastic backing they gave the team in the last home game against Corby Town as they bid to make it a profitable Easter at the Valley.
Key Saturday fixtures: Reds vs Truro City; Arlesey Town vs Hungerford Town; Slough Town vs St Neots Town; Biggleswade Town vs Cirencester Town.
Key Monday fixtures: Reds vs Banbury United; Hungerford Town vs Slough Town; St Neots Town vs Dunstable Town.
Wednesday: Cirencester Town vs Poole Town.