By Liam Moakes Thursday 13 December 2012 Updated: 20/12 12:01
IT IS a case of back to the drawing board for Redditch United after they suffered a damaging 4-2 defeat at home to Cambridge City at the Valley Stadium on Saturday.
Manager Simon Redhead could not hide his anger at the manner of a second successive loss which has seen the Reds slump to third from bottom of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division - a place and two points above Hitchin Town who they entertain in their next match a week tomorrow.
With six teams above the Reds by three points or less, there is light at the end of the tunnel, but Redhead knows that many more defensive performances such as the one against the Lilywhites will leave United in big trouble.
As a result, Redhead has revealed he is seeking new additions to the squad and, with the first team without a game tomorrow, Seb Jenkins, Connor Deards and Jack Cresswell will all be in action for the reserves against Quorn in a match in which the club hope to be able to field Polish professional Patryk Sikora if his international clearance arrives in time.
Redditch bossed the opening 20 minutes on Saturday and also finished the match strongly as second half substitute Cresswell produced a superb display in midfield, but the damage was done by four goals for promotion-chasing City in a 38-minute period either side of the break.
Redhead said: "We cannot defend like that as a team again. There were some horrible mistakes which you just cannot account for, which was all the more frustrating as amongst it all, particularly in the first and final half hours, we played some very good football.
"You simply can't give the opposition the game like that though and I will be looking at some new faces and looking for more from the lads already here to ensure we improve."
Redditch, who were denied an immediate chance to make amends for the weekend result when Tuesday's match at home to Bashley fell victim to a frozen pitch, saw Levi Oshungbure go close with a diving header before City took the lead in the 20th minute when Adam Marriott headed home.
The lead was doubled six minutes later when Robbie Nightingale took advantage of hesitant defending and, after Reds winger Stuart Hendrie struck the post shortly after the restart, the outcome was put beyond doubt when Ash Fuller crashed home a superb 20-yard strike.
Marriott then bagged his second goal when he capitalised on a poor header from Alex Hickman but, to their credit, Redditch did not give up the fight.
Substitute Jermaine Hylton got the hosts on the scoresheet before fellow substitute Cresswell thundered home a brilliant 25-yard strike, but it was too little too late to save the Reds.
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