Football
Debutant Reid inspires United victory

By Liam Moakes Thursday 15 November 2012 Updated: 22/11 10:00

SATURDAY'S 1-0 victory at Kettering Town brought sighs of relief for Redditch United but the challenge for Simon Redhead's side now is to build on the success when they entertain Chippenham Town at the Valley Stadium tomorrow.

The hero of the tense triumph against the Poppies was on-loan AFC Telford striker Jake Reid whose last minute strike on debut ended a run of three league games without a point or a goal for the Reds and lifted them five points above the Southern League Premier Division drop zone.

With the middle part of the table so congested, the 17th placed Reds find themselves just two points behind AFC Totton in eighth, so there is all to play for heading into tomorrow's encounter.

Redhead believes his side, which has defended well this season but found life tough in front of goal, could be set to prosper from the arrival of the tall and powerful Reid, who has joined on-loan for a month.

The manager said: "I was thrilled with the performance of Jake. He was a handful up front and gives us the presence we have lacked up there at times.

"He's going to bring others into play much more and allow us to pin sides back and I'm really grateful to Andy Sinton (AFC Telford manager) for allowing him to come here."

Reid struck the Kettering bar with a superb strike in the early stages but the visitors looked set to fall behind midway through the first half when Asa Charlton conceded a penalty, only for James Wren to make a superb save to thwart Nathan Hicks' spot kick.

However, Redditch returned the generosity to their hosts in the 48th minute when a challenge on Reid earned them a penalty of their own, but Town keeper Yannick Nlate denied Connor Deards from 12 yards.

Stuart Hendrie was denied by an excellent save and Reid shot just over before the points were clinched at the death when Charlton's inch-perfect cross was nodded home by Reid.

Redditch will have to make do without key centre back Alex Hickman tomorrow as he faces some time out with a side strain, whilst Redhead is also sweating on the fitness of Lyndon Dovey, Liam McDonald and Jack Cresswell who all have minor knocks.

A CHILDREN In Need quiz takes place at the club after tomorrow's match at 7pm. Teams of six can enter at £30 per team and there will be a cash prize for the winning team and wooden spoons for the losing team.

United staff, directors and players will be taking part and more details and team registration is available by contacting Sallie, Dawn, Dave or Paul at the club on 01527 67450.

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