TWO first half penalties from skipper Ash Sammons set Redditch United on the way to a 2-1 home victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Kettering Town on Monday which all but booked United’s place in the Southern League Premier Division play-offs.
It was an impressive and resilient performance from Liam McDonald’s Reds who withstood a Poppies fightback in the second half after Wilson Carvalho reduced the visitors’ arrears midway through the period with the third penalty of the game.
The victory moved United back up to third in the table and means they are as good as guaranteed a top five finish due to their vastly superior goal difference.
The next target for the Reds is to take six points from their final two matches of the campaign which would guarantee a second placed finish and home advantage in both the play-off semi-final and the final should McDonald’s side qualify.
First up is tomorrow’s (Wednesday) rearranged home game against Chippenham Town which was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch, before the Reds’ regular season finishes in Somerset on Saturday at Frome Town.
Poole Town were crowned champions on Saturday thanks to their 3-0 home win over Dunstable Town.
Read this week’s Redditch Standard for reaction from the Chippenham game.