17th Jul, 2019

Smith urges United to finish on a high note

Liam Moakes 25th Apr, 2019

REDDITCH United boss Paul Smith has called on his side to right the wrongs of the defeat at Halesowen Town when they close their Southern Premier Central campaign at home to Leiston on Saturday.

The Reds were beaten 1-0 at the relegated Yeltz on Easter Monday as they produced a performance which was a far cry from the impressive display which proved enough to sink Hitchin Town 3-1 at the Trico Stadium 48 hours earlier.

Goals from Leam Howards, Josh Hawker and Luke Yates saw off the Hertfordshire side but, two days later at Halesowen, the Reds were ‘miles away’ from their recent promising form according to Smith.

The boss said: “We were awful at Halesowen and deserved to lose. We’ve come a long way since myself and the rest of the management team took over in September but collectively and individually we were not good enough.

“I won’t be too hard on the players because of how far they’ve come but we were not at it.

“It was one of those days and we don’t want it to be the defining performance of the season. We need to put it right in the last game.

“I was really pleased against Hitchin. The lads got what they deserved having dug in on a hot day.

“It was good to get goals from players across the pitch because the one thing we do lack is an out and out goalscorer, so it’s important everyone chips in.

“Jamie Ashmore slotted in at right-back and Richard Batchelor played at centre-back and did well, which showed the versatility of the squad to cope with injuries.”

The Reds are 18th, but could finish as high as 14th depending on results on the final day.

The Reds are hosting the Football in Mind match between Football in Mind and a Peter Withe XI.

This is a chance to support the mental health charity, as well as an opportunity to see ex-players from Villa, Blues and Albion in action.

There will be plenty of fun off the pitch too. The match takes place on Saturday, May 11 (3pm). Email footballinmindenquiries@mail.com.

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