Stalemate for Reds

First published in Conference North-News

Biggleswade Town 0, Redditch United 0

Redditch United were held to a goalless draw for the second consecutive match as neither the Reds or hosts Biggleswade could find a breakthrough.

The visitors started brightly and almost took the lead on eight minutes as Max Loveridge found Ashley Sammons but his goalbound shot well blocked by a covering defender.

At the other end Lee Reed cut in from the right and fired a shot just over the bar as Biggleswade also threatened.

But it was Redditch who enjoyed the best chance of the first period just after the half hour – Jim Mutton’s bullet header had plenty of power but lacked direction and flew over the bar.

The hosts ended the half well and twice went close. First Reed’s soft header looped over the bar before Joel Mason forced Reds’ keeper Sam Hornby into a save.

Four minutes into the second half, Sammons’ curling effort had the Biggleswade keeper beaten but curled narrowly wide of the post.

Redditch continued to press and on 53 minutes Sam Youngs came in off the left and hit a good shot that was palmed away by the hosts’ keeper.

The match continued to go from end to end as Biggleswade threatened once again, Brett Donnelly turned well in the area, only to fire his effort over the bar.

Both sides pushed for a winner and the Reds were almost punished for over committing men forward late on but neither side could break the deadlock and were forced to settle for a point apiece.

Redditch: Hornby 6, Recci 6 (Molyneux 25, 7), CAINES 8, Oshungbure 7, Mutton 7, Flanagan 8, Youngs 8, Williams 8, Sterling-James 6, Sammons 6 (Ahenkora 81), Loveridge 6 (Headley 62, 6). Unused subs: Bridgwater, Catlow.

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