Reds suffer cup disappointment

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Redditch United 1, St Neots Town 3

Redditch crashed out in the semi-finals of the Red Insure League Cup as visitors St Neots came from behind to take the honours.

And it was midfielder Lewis Hilliard who steered them through to the final with a second half hat-trick.

Jermaine Hylton handed Redditch the lead midway through the first period, finding the net from 20 yards following some neat approach work.

And there was a chance for a second late in the half when Hylton nipped in to chip the ball beyond keeper Nathan Abbey but Harvey Headley’s shot was blocked by visiting skipper Gavin Hoyte.

But it was a different St Neots side that emerged for the second half and they should have levelled within two minutes but Jay Davies skied his effort over the target.

Hilliard bagged the equaliser on 50 minutes, the visitors breaking upfield from a Reds corner and the midfielder tucking the ball away after Dean Cracknell’s shot had been parried by keeper Brad Catlow.

Redditch were still reeling from that when Hilliard got the better of the home defence and fired in his second on 52 minutes.

The final stages of the game saw United defender Nathan Jackson pushed forward but the closest they came to levelling was an Omari Sterling-James effort over the crossbar.

And with the Reds pushing for a way back into the game, Hilliard made the most of the extra space to fire home his hat-trick goal five minutes from the end.

Reds: Catlow 6, Recci 7, Flanagan 5, Oshungbure 6, Jackson 6, Mutton 6, STERLING-JAMES 8, Youngs 7, Headley 5, Hylton 7, Ahenkorah 5. Subs (not used): Loveridge, Bridgwater, Caines, Hornby.

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