Football
Valley encounters important to Reds

By Liam Moakes Thursday 06 December 2012 Updated: 13/12 10:13

REDDITCH UNITED are seeking home comforts as they bid to ensure they are not sucked back towards the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division danger zone.

The Reds were convincingly beaten 4-0 at leaders Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday and now sit in 17th place - just four spots and five points above the drop zone - as they prepare to welcome high-flying Cambridge City to the Valley Stadium tomorrow before hosting mid-table Bashley in a rearranged encounter on Tuesday.

Boss Simon Redhead has already seen his side go on winning and losing streaks already this season and knows the festive period is no time to suffer a slump in form as the league prepares to enter its second half in 2013.

"We have played in fits and starts for large parts of the season so far, but we know now that successive home games gives us the chance to get back to winning ways and put some real daylight between ourselves and the bottom sides," said Redhead.

"It's an extremely competitive league and a couple of positive results could see us talking about the top ten again soon and then you have to see where your form takes you from there."

Tomorrow's encounter will see striker Jake Reid play his final match on loan from AFC Telford United and Redhead is expected to keep faith with 18-year-old keeper Bradley Catlow, who was in excellent form on Saturday when he deputised for the injured James Wren, who has suffered a thigh problem.

One player who will definitely be missing is assistant manager Asa Charlton who sits out the next two matches through suspension.

Popular »

1 Commuters back on track with railway opening

2 Miracle baby's name inspired by hospital

3 Men charged with ram raid on Redditch business

4 Election results in full

5 Plaque replaced by Good Samaritan

More sport »

Football: Double delight for Bees

STUDLEY have given their Midland Alliance campaign a

Football: Reds set for crunch encounter

REDDITCH UNITED face a crucial match at home

Rugby union: Alcester earn a precious victory

ALCESTER saw off fellow Midlands Four West (South)

Darts: Pieman stumbles at the first hurdle

ANDY SMITH'S Ladbrokes World Darts Championship campaign was

Regional sport »


Bromsgrove Standard
Excellent Spa see off challenge of Tigers

DROITWICH ended their pre-season schedule by beating Cheltenham Tigers 15-12 ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
Lewis revels in London experience

STRATFORD'S Keir Lewis revealed being roared down the home straight ...

Evesham Observer
Ton up for Austin in Rockingham races

EVESHAM'S Rob Austin this weekend heads to Northamptonshire's Rockingham circuit ...