A CROWD of around 1,500 is expected to pack into the Valley Stadium on Wednesday (7.45pm) when Redditch United host Leamington in a mouth-watering Southern League Premier Division play-off semi-final.
Liam McDonald’s Reds sealed home advantage in the end of season shoot-out as a 1-1 draw at Frome Town on Saturday in which Sam Merson struck for the visitors proved enough to clinch second place.
It means the Reds will also have home advantage in the final should they reach it against either Hitchin Town or Hungerford Town on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2 (3pm).
However, first United must overcome the Brakes who clinched fifth place thanks to a 0-0 home draw against Hungerford on Saturday and will be backed by a large following at the Valley this midweek.
Both league matches between the Reds and Leamington were hard fought this season, with a Luke Shearer goal earning McDonald’s men a fine 1-0 win at the then leaders in October before a goalless draw at the Valley in April.
Spectators are advised to arrive at the Valley as early as possible on Wednesday as the club plays its biggest match in 20-odd years in their bid to win to promotion to National North or South where the likes of Kidderminster Harriers, AFC Telford United, Worcester City and FC United of Manchester ply their trade.
REDDITCH United are holding their annual end of season Redditch United juniors’ parents matches at the Valley Stadium on Sunday.
The event has been held over a number of years and this year, following the passing of vice-chairman Sallie Swan, the matches will be held in her memory while raising vital funds for The Shakespeare Hospice which cared for Sallie through her illness.
Everyone is welcome and entry is only £1 per person. The Dads match starts at 4pm and the Mums game begins at 6pm The bar and canteen will be open.