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Match Preview  - Redditch Utd v Boro

Match Preview - Redditch Utd v Boro

By Kev Brown
23 October 2020
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Leo Knight looks ahead to our next game;

Nuneaton are away to Redditch United tomorrow in a Southern League Premier Central Division game, with kick-off being at 3pm.

Pay on the gate is available on the day, both cash and card are accepted.
Gates open at 1:30pm and Redditch are expecting the game to sell out, please arrive early.

Trico Stadium,
Bromsgrove Road,
B97 4RN.

So, let’s have a look at our opponents Redditch United FC.

The Town:
Redditch is a town situated in the north-east of Worcestershire. The town had a population of 85,000 as recorded in 2019.
It’s industrial heritage saw it at the forefront of needle and fishing tackle manufacturing. In the 1960’s it became a model for modern new town planning.

Club History:
The Reds started out as Redditch Town in the Birmingham Combination League in 1891 and were crowned first winners of the Worcestershire Senior Cup in 1894.
The 1930’s through to the 1950’s saw more honours gained in a successful period in the club’s history.
They changed their name to Redditch United in 1971 and reached the FA Cup 1st Round for the first time in their history during that season, bowing out after a replay against Peterborough Utd.
As the years rolled on Redditch found themselves in the Southern League and were promoted to the Premier Division at the end of the 1975-76 campaign having scored more than 100 goals in the process. 
They were founder members of the Alliance Premier League in the 1979/80 season before spending the next 20 years in the Southern League.
The 2003/04 season saw the Reds clinch a historic double promotion under the guidance of manager Rod Brown. Having secured the Southern League Western Division, the club then won two play-off matches to secure a place in the newly formed Conference North where they stayed for seven seasons.
With the financial help of new owner Chris Swan in 2011 they cleared all outstanding debts and developed a strong academy.
A 3G pitch was installed in 2016 and the changing facilities were substantially upgraded.
Here and now in 2020, the Reds future has never looked brighter. Over 900 people play on the 3G pitch each week with over 50 different teams and also excellent community links. Further development of the infrastructure is planned to enable Redditch United to thrive.

Last season:
When the 2019/2020 season ended, Redditch were in 24th place, with 12 points from 33 games played.

Current Form:
Redditch are currently in very good form with recent wins against Banbury United and Biggleswade Town. Also, respectable draws against Needham Market, Coalville Town and Rushall Olympic. Last Saturday they went down 3-1 away at St.Ives Town leaving Redditch in 6th place with 9 points from 6 games.

Squad News:
Manager Matt Clarke has made wholesale changes to the squad including the addition of Ethan Johnston on loan from Northampton who joined in September. Matt also added four new faces to his squad on the 3rd October in Ben Swallow, centre back Aron Davies, Elias Yousef and former Newport man Tom Hillman.

Man in charge:
Former Redditch captain Matt Clarke took charge on the 8th September 2020. Clarke enjoyed spells with Wolves, West Brom and Halesowen Town as a youngster before heading to Kidderminster Harriers in a £10,000 move. After a season at Aggborough he left for Hereford United where he played around 150 games over four seasons before further moves took him to Telford United and Redditch Utd. Clarke also worked as Assistant Manager under Paul Smith in 2018 for the Reds.  

Last time out:  
22/02/2020 Redditch 3-2 Boro. Despite Boro netting twice through Osbourne and Addison they were defeated by a Martin brace and a Boubakar strike.

12/10/2019 Boro 3-0 Redditch United. Nuneaton were triumphant in this early season game with Benbow grabbing two and Joel Kettle netting with a bullet header.  

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