Rampant Reds put the disappointment of back-to-back defeats behind them as they brushed aside Evo-Stik South West outfit Bishops Cleeve in the Bigfreebet.com League Cup.
Manager Darren Byfield made just two changes to the side beaten by Slough and Basingstoke with Gowan Stares
coming in to a three-man defence while Arjun Jung
slotted in to midfield.
It looked like there might be a hangover from the weekend as the visitors opened the scoring on seven minutes but once Redditch had levelled seven minutes later there was only going to be one outcome with the home side slicing through the Cleeve defence at will.
The opener came from a mistake by Gui Mailancol who lost possession 35 yards from goal. Joe Bates took a touch and then lifted a glorious effort over the head of keeper Ethan Ross
The movement of Dior Angus
and Spencer Weir-Daley caused endless problems for the Mitres defence and the pair were involved in the 14th minute equaliser, the former having a shot blocked on the line only for Weir-Daley to turn in the rebound via the upright.
Angus got his name on the scoresheet midway through the half, converting a penalty after being brought down and three goals in seven minutes eased the Reds into a 5-1 interval lead.
The excellent Andi Thanoj
played a one-two with Pauly Apostolopoulos
before steering in the third and the former Grimsby midfielder then had a hand in the build-up to Angus netting his second before whipping in the corner that resulted in Orrin Pendley
Angus and Nathan Fox
made way for Danico Johnson
and Zaqib Hussain at the start of the second half and it was good work from Hussain then led to Apostolopoulos making it 6-1 on 49 minutes.
The visitors went close through lively striker Bates just before the hour but on 62 minutes, Weir-Daley bagged his second of the game, collecting a Johnson pass before flicking the ball beyond his marker and then hooking it past keeper Lewis Clayton.
The final two goals came from unexpected sources. Mailancol crashed in a header – and his first for the club – from another Thanoj corner on 71 minutes before Lewis Wright
bagged his first goal for the Reds following a powerful run down the right flank.
All in all a massive confidence booster for the side with some impressive displays throughout.