REDDITCH United will be aiming to bounce back at the first time of asking after seeing their five-match Southern League Premier Division winning run come to an end at Dunstable Town on Saturday.
However, it will be no easy task as early leaders Poole Town provide the opposition at the Valley Stadium on Saturday as United’s tough start to the season continues. Then follows another home match on Monday against Cirencester Town and the Reds know victories in both games would put them top of the table for 24 hours at least.
Boss Liam McDonald, who this week revealed he is considering making one or two additions to his squad, saw his side make a flying start at their newly-promoted hosts on Saturday as summer signing George Carline latched on to Jamie Molyneux’s assist to score his first goal for the club.
Molyneux then struck the woodwork on 25 minutes but Dunstable, now second in the table having leapfrogged the Reds – now fourth – with this victory, levelled on 39 minutes when Charlie Henry fired past United keeper Sam Hornby.
Redditch really should have restored their lead in the second half, but Ashley Sammons saw his shot parried by Luke Chambers before Jamie Spencer blasted wide.
Dunstable were then denied the lead themselves when Calum Flanagan blocked Chris Marsh’s goalbound strike before at the other end Sammons failed to beat Chambers when clean through.
The winning goal arrived in the 74th minute when Henry surged down the left before cutting inside and smashing a shot past Hornby.
There was still time for Carline to equalise, but he fired over the bar when well placed.
Liam Spink and Leavi Oshungbure, who both missed the Dunstable game through injury, are set to return for the Poole clash.
Redditch have been drawn to visit county rivals Evesham United in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday, September 13. Anyone interested in going on the supporters coach should contact Spike (Paul Hughes) or put their name down at the club on Saturday. Places on the coach are £10 for adults and £5 for kids.