REDDITCH United will be aiming to halt their slump in form when they return to action on Tuesday with a Southern League Premier Division visit to Paulton Rovers.
The Reds have slipped to tenth in the table after a bright start to the season and endured a day to forget at high-flying Hitchin Town on Saturday as they were beaten 4-0 in a match which saw midfielders Max Loveridge and Ashley Sammons sent off and boss Liam McDonald sent to the stands for his protests.
The Reds have been further rocked by the news that top scorer Jamie Molyneux will be out of action until the new year after suffering a broken ankle in training, whilst the livewire Jermaine Hylton is currently nursing a groin injury which requires rest in order to avoid further damage.
McDonald will have to do without Loveridge for three matches when he begins his suspension on October 4, whilst Sammons will miss two games.
However, McDonald has called on his young side to show their character when they make the trip to lowly Paulton Rovers in midweek, before welcoming Weymouth – currently third in the table – to the Valley Stadium on October 4.
McDonald, who has signed the versatile Jordan Cullinane-Liburd from Alvechurch, was bidding to sign a forward as the Standard went to press.