RYAN BOOTHE’S second-half header handed Redditch United a stunning 2-1 win away at runaway league leaders Banbury United.
Boothe doubled the visitors lead on 69 minutes after Dan Sweeney’s 19th minute penalty put Redditch ahead at the break.
The Reds had Aram Soleman sent off late on and despite Jay Williams pulling a goal back for Banbury on 86 minutes, Redditch held on to secure a memorable win.
And the result means Redditch sit 16th in the Southern League Premier Central table, five points clear of the relegation zone.
Banbury were searching for their 10th successive win whilst the Reds were determined to avenge their home defeat to the same opposition earlier this month.
And Matt Clarke’s side made a promising start when Boothe was denied by the post from debutant Ryan Edmunds’ pass.
Redditch then took the lead after Sweeney was fouled in the box before he coolly picked himself up and slotted the resulting spot kick past Jack Harding.
Despite having plenty of possession, Banbury failed to test Kieran Boucher in the Reds goal before the visitors doubled their lead.
Boothe was on-hand to head home after Lewis Hudson’s free-kick was kept alive by Calum Flanagan as Redditch closed in on a crucial victory.
Banbury finally tested Boucher when the Reds keeper stuck out his left leg to deny the hosts a route back into the game.
However, Redditch were then reduced to 10-men when Soleman received a second yellow card for a high boot.
The Reds had their backs against the wall and Banbury halved the deficit when Williams prodded home to set up a tense finish.
Boucher made a brilliant last-minute save to preserve the points for Redditch and inflict Banbury’s first home defeat of the season.
Redditch are next in action at home to Needham Market on Saturday, January 29 with kick-off at 3pm at the Trico Stadium.