REDDITCH United face a stern test of their Southern League Premier Division promotion credentials at Poole Town on Saturday.
The Reds, who exited the Red Insure League Cup at the first round stage on Saturday when an experimental line-up was beaten 4-3 on penalties by Aylesbury United at the Valley Stadium following a 1-1 draw, have won five successive league games and now sit sixth in the table – four points behind leaders Leamington and with games in hand on every team above them.
One of those sides is much-fancied Poole, who are fourth, and the Dolphins will be keen to make amends for last season when they surrendered a comfortable lead at the top of the table, eventually finishing second before suffering play-off heartache.
A fascinating battle awaits on the south coast as United, for whom Luke Shearer netted a first half opener on Saturday, aim for a repeat outcome of last season’s trip to the Tatnam Ground when they returned home with a 1-0 victory to their name.
The Reds, who saw Monday’s scheduled home game against St Neots Town postponed due to the Cambridgeshire side’s FA Cup involvement, have an intriguing October in front of them as they play seven matches.
Liam McDonald’s men head to Chesham United on Tuesday before hosting high-flying Weymouth a week on Saturday in their next match at the Valley.
Meanwhile, as revealed last week, striker Jordan Archer has as expected departed the Valley to join Premier Division rivals Bedworth United.