New directors show Reds' ambition

By Liam Moakes Thursday 04 October 2012 Updated: 11/10 12:19

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TWO new directors have joined the board of Redditch United in what is an important development at the Valley Stadium.

They are the first appointments since the arrival of Chris Swan as chairman and, as such, this is a vital step for the Reds.

Aarron Byng joins as Sports Development Director, having worked extensively with senior sides at the club and was behind this summer's highly successful charity matches at the Valley Stadium.

David English, who has vast experience of junior football having managed a number of Redditch United's sides, is the new Facilities Director, which is a key role at the club as it looks to pursue a series of ground improvements.

Chairman Swan is delighted their knowledge and expertise will help forge an exciting new phase of the club's development.

He said: "Aarron and David are passionate people and share our vision for the club.

"We are delighted to have them on board and they will become invaluable members of the Redditch United team, helping us to develop our exciting ideas and put them into action.

"This is very much an Anglo Saxon male-dominated club and we are determined to change that. Aarron will work to ensure the inclusion of all areas of the community and getting them to use the facilities we have.

"David is joining us at an exciting time. We are in discussions with both the local council and the FA regarding improvements to the ground and facilities and David's experience in this area is key to what we are trying to do."

Aarron's links with the town go back many years and he revealed his excitement about his new role.

He said: "In the 12 months I have been involved with Redditch United I can see the good work and passion that is going into the club and the hunger to bring success, not just on the pitch, but for the Redditch community in general, particularly charity and inclusion.

"I am very excited about getting work underway and look forward to inspiring everyone involved in sports development at the club."

David, who is responsible for the operation and health and safety of a number of power plants around the country, added: "I want to play my part in building a quality football club playing football in the right manner and right spirit and that starts with a facilities blueprint that reflects our 21st Century aspirations as a football club.

"I have a genuine desire to make a difference through sport, working with the stakeholders to offer something exciting to the Redditch community at large."

THE REDS return to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division action tomorrow when Hemel Hempstead Town visit the Valley.

It is an important clash for the Reds, who have gone five league matches without a win and were beaten 2-1 in the FA Trophy first qualifying round at Nantwich Town on Saturday.

Simon Redhead's side, who also visit St Neots Town on Tuesday, were below-par in Cheshire and were indebted to a fine performance by debutant keeper James Wren to prevent them suffering a heavier defeat.

Wren thwarted Sam Cooke with a superb save and Mat Bailey twice came close before Christian Smith put the hosts ahead in the 21st minute with a fine run and deft chip over Wren.

The visitors tried to rally after the break but their early pressure amounted to nothing and they fell 2-0 down on the hour when Cooke's free kick was neadlessly nodded into his own net by Aaron Stringfellow.

Will Richards continued his excellent scoring form this season with a close range finish in the 71st minute following Josh Quaynor's corner, but the visitors could not find an equaliser.

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