PROMOTED Redditch begin their West Midlands Premier Division campaign at West Bromwich on Saturday, aiming to build on their Mercian Summer League Worcestershire division title triumph.
Much of the squad, under the leadership of captain Andy Billingham, has remained although there have been additions with youngsters Harry Williams and Josh Brown joining from the 2nd/3rd XI.
“Competition for places is rife this season which is great for the club’s evolution,” said Billingham.
“The lads have been working with coach Wayne Beard on a lot of match scenarios and the performances over the last few weeks have been very positive.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing what the team can achieve with this exuberance.”
Without a fixture on the opening weekend of the league campaign, the Kingfishers played a friendly against Pershore and recovered from a goal down to win 4-2 thanks to Harry Capewell’s hat-trick and a Jacob Beard goal.
Saturday’s game at Aston University begins at 1.10pm.
REDDITCH 2nds began their West Midlands Premier 2nds campaign with a 1-1 draw at Telford & Wrekin.
Due to a reshuffle, the Kingfishers second string are plying their trade two divisions higher than last season, so are facing a stern test.
Redditch acquitted themselves well as keeper Ben Bryant made a couple of smart saves whilst at the other end Dan Waite, Tom Dunkley and Dave Baker all went close, but there were no goals before half time.
The visitors began the second half well but were caught on the counter-attack as Telford took the lead from a short corner as the ball was squeezed into the bottom right-hand corner.
Redditch battled on and grabbed a fully deserved equaliser in the final minute when the ball was fired from the back and found Martyn Strong on top of the D, whose scuffed shot found Waite who somehow managed to find substitute George Haslam at the near post and the latter forced the ball over the line.
Redditch 2nds host Old Silhillians on Saturday at 2.50pm at Trinity High School.
DESPITE playing with just eight outfield players, Redditch 4ths fought valiantly in their 9-1 defeat at Bournville in Central League South West 2.
The visitors showed an admirable attitude, particularly young keeper Aaron Hunt who made some fine saves. Luke Baker scored Redditch’s second half goal after a short corner move with captain Josh Checkley.
Redditch 4ths host Khalsa at Trinity High School on Saturday (1.15pm).