Individual errors cost Redditch in first home outing
Costly individual errors left Redditch United still searching for their first win of the new Evo-Stik Southern Premier Central Division season after a home defeat to Barwell.
Paul Davis's men were in action at the Trico Stadium for the first time this season but couldn't make home advantage count against a Barwell side who raced into a three goal lead inside the opening half hour.
Redditch did do well to drag themselves back into the contest by pulling two goals back to come within a goal of drawing level of the visitors from Leicestershire, who would go onto restore the daylight between the two teams to wrap up the three points.
Injury problems forced a number of changes in the Reds set-up following Saturday's opening game at AFC Rushden & Diamonds, but it was a similar story to the first day as the opposition struck first early on.
Nigel Julien found the net for Barwell to open the scoring eight minutes in after he knocked the ball past goalkeeper Ben Pierce and finished into an empty net.
They then went two goals up on the quarter of an hour mark. Tom Fishwick brought down Massiah McDonald in the area and Brady Hickey subsequently provided the punishment by sending Pierce the wrong way from 12-yards.
Hickey tried his luck from a longer distance minutes later but saw his hit fly just over, though he did have a part to play in Barwell's third goal as his free kick was pushed away by Pierce into the path of McDonald who had the easy job of finishing from close range.
The Redditch response to going three behind was swift, and the Reds bagged a much needed goal through Montel Gibson. Excellent work by Shaquille Whittingham down the left hand side saw him cross for Gibson, who was on hand to touch the ball in at the far post.
It was a goal that gave the Reds hope, and a Whittingham free kick just before half time was saved well by Liam Castle in the Barwell goal to deny what would have been a key goal just before the interval.
After the break a bright Redditch start provided plenty of hope and eventually the goal that threw the contest wide open.
Tom Winters was introduced as a substitute following the awarding of a free kick 25 yards from goal, and the former Brackley Town midfielder whipped in a tremendous finish past Castle to claim another goal back.
It was a goal that handed Redditch huge hope with over half an hour to play, although McDonald's second goal of the game for the visitors midway through the half would ultimately kill the tie off as the forward finished neatly when the ball dropped to him inside the area.
Barwell substitute Blair Anderson forced Pierce into a good save shortly after coming on as the visitors held on to do enough to secure three points and to leave Redditch still waiting to get off the mark ahead of Saturday's next fixture at home to St Ives Town.