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Match Preview: Rebels v Redditch United Sat 22nd Apr

11 months ago By Adrian Evans

Arbour Park, Slough, Berkshire SL2 5AY- kick-off 15:00

YouTube Match Comm link from 2.50pm Today.

Who will play Leamington, away, in the play-off semi-final?

Merthyr have 86 points and entertain relegation candidates Hayes & Yeading.
Hitchin with 85 points visit mid-table Basingstoke Town and Slough... perhaps a visit to Leamington where they won 6 - 0 earlier in the season may not be the worse option, although I am sure that they would prefer a home tie.

The Reds are lying in 17th place in the division with 49 points from 45 matches. On their travels the have won 6, drawn 4 and lost 12 games. Their best away victory being 4-1 at Cambridge City, with their heaviest defeat being the 8-1 mauling they received against Frome Town.

Redditch's most recent fixtures have all been at home, against Basingstoke Town (D 2-2), Kings Langley (D 0-0) and, last Monday Merthyr Town (L 0-1). Their last away match being at Beaconsfield where they beat Hayes & Yeading 2-1 to virtually guarantee their premier division status next season (now confirmed following their draw at home to Kings Langley).

Obviously, they have played all the other 'top six' teams on their travels this season - Chippenham Town (D 1 - 1), Leamington (L 2 - 1), Hitchin Town (L 4 - 2), Merthyr Town (L 2 - 0) and Banbury United (W 1 - 0).

In September Rebels recorded a fine 4 - 0 win in Worcestershire, indeed their first ever victory against the Reds. Last season saw Redditch do the 'double' winning 2 - 0 at home and 1 - 0 away. Of course, we all still remember that awful day in October 2014 when the Reds came to Holloway's Park and won 1 - 7, recording Rebels heaviest league defeat during the last ten seasons.

In the two major cup competitions this season Redditch were knocked out of the FA Cup in a 1st Round Qualifying tie 2 - 1 , away, by Coalville Town (Nothern Premier Premier division) and in a 2nd Round Qualifying FA Trophy tie 4 - 1 , away, by Ramsbottom United (Nothern Premier 1st Division North)

Match Prediction: Rebels 3 - 1 Redditch United

Updated 10:22 - 22 Apr 2017 by Keith Handley


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