DARREN BYFIELD said he and his Redditch United players had not given up hope of securing a top ten finish in the Southern League Premier Division following Saturday’s 4-2 home win over Dorchester Town.
United’s first win of 2017 lifted them to 14th and they sit eight points behind tenth placed Biggleswade Town with eight matches remaining.
The first of those is Saturday’s visit to relegation-threatened St Neots Town, whose star player – 22-year-old former Peterborough forward Jevani Brown – has this week been on trial at Birmingham City.
“It was a much-needed win and I was delighted with the result and performance,” said Byfield.
“The lads were clinical – four goals from as many clear chances really – and that’s something which has been missing from our game for some time.
“The last three performances have all been good. I thought we deserved to win at Cinderford Town the previous weekend and we were in command of the match against Cambridge City until we lost Donnell Benjamin to injury.
“Considering the run we were on at the time, we should probably have stuck rather than twisted in that game and settled for a point and that was a mistake on my part.
“Saturday’s performance against Dorchester wasn’t too dissimilar to the previous two, but the difference was this time we took our chances.
“A top ten finish is still our aim. It’s a tough challenge but we are determined to have a good crack as it.”
Byfield’s side powered into a 3-0 lead inside 25 minutes on Saturday thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from striker Luke Keen, only for Oliver Mehew’s brace to make it 3-2 after just 31 minutes.
However, Jordan Cullinane-Liburd netted on the stroke of half time and the Reds were able to see the game out in the second half.
Byfield added: “I was pleased with the attitude, character and shape of the team. We made a flying start, but it would have been easy for the boys to think it wasn’t going to be their day when Dorchester pulled it back to 3-2, however I think Jordan’s goal probably knocked the wind out of Dorchester’s sails.
“It was disappointing to let them back into the game by conceding a sloppy goal when we attempted to chest the ball back to the keeper.
“However, we stood up well to a physical battle, which has been the case for the past three matches, and we look a much stronger unit than we were during the losing run.
“I have a much more competitive substitutes bench to play with now and I’m hopeful we can finish the season strongly.
“Doing so will help to attract the type of players I want for next season and I’ve already had discussions with one or two.
“This is a great club with a great chairman and passionate fans and I want to give them success.”