REDDITCH United have unveiled special admission prices for Saturday’s visit of Hitchin Town to the Trico Stadium as they hope for an increased turnout in a bid to help the team return to winning ways.
The Reds’ remaining hope of claiming silverware this season was ended on Tuesday when they suffered a 3-0 League Cup quarter-final defeat at Southern League West play-off hopefuls Didcot Town, which came on the back of Saturday’s last-gasp 1-0 loss at Frome Town.
The disappointing week leaves Tim Harris’ men with little more than pride to play for in the remainder of the season, but the boss is determined his side will give their all in a bid to halt a five-match run without a win this weekend.
Under 16s will be admitted free of charge if accompanied by a paying adult and season ticket holders at any Premier League or Football League club can get in for just £5 upon showing their season ticket at the gate.
In midweek, Didcot were deserved winners thanks to a brace from Felipe Barcelos and David Murphy’s goal. Redditch, trailing 1-0 at the break, rallied well after half time and went close through Stuart Fleetwood before Ash Sammons crashed a free kick against the bar, but the hosts’ second goal against the run of play knocked the stuffing out of the visitors and Didcot booked their place in the last four.
On Saturday, George Miller netted in the third minute of stoppage time to clinch victory for a Frome side still hoping to mount a push for the final play-off place.
Miller’s thumping strike came just moments after Fleetwood had clipped an effort just past the far corner following a fine team move.
Early in the second half Danny Jackman had blazed over after a superb Reds move before soon afterwards Tristian Dunkley should have done better than head wide from a curling free kick.
On reflection the result was harsh on the visitors but all the same they suffered a tenth league defeat on the road this season and sit 16th.
Redditch, who are also in action on Tuesday when they visit title hopefuls Slough Town, are hosting a sports evening with ex-England and Wolves striker Steve Bull on Friday, March 9.
The event will start at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 6.30pm. The audience will also be entertained by comedian Ollie Spencer.
Tickets are priced at £25 and include a pie and chips supper (vegetarian option available). Call 01527 67450 for tickets.
STUDLEY returned to action in style with a 5-0 home win over Dudley Town in the Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Karl King bagged a brace and Chris Cowley, Luke Dugmore and Eddie Wynne-Wilson were also on target for the Bees.
Fifth placed Studley visit Lichfield City in Midland League Division One on Saturday before heading to Heath Hayes on Tuesday.