Reds star McDonald calls on fans to rally for team

First published in Conference North-News

LIAM McDonald has urged Redditch United’s fans to come out in force to back the team as they head into the final quarter of the season in good form.

The Reds are one of the Southern League Premier’s in-form sides with a four-game unbeaten run.

Impressively, Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Biggleswade and Monday night’s 3-1 home win over Truro has seen them surpass last season’s points tally.

United have 45 points and are back in the top half of the table after a remarkable run of results so far in 2014.

With 12 games of their league campaign left, McDonald doesn’t want supporters to miss out on what has been an impressive expectation busting season.

With an inexperienced manager at the helm and a youthful looking team, many were predicting Redditch would struggle but they are having their best time since being relegated and are aiming to erase their previous seasons of toil with a strong finish.

In recent weeks, United have beaten promotion-chasing Cambridge United and also defeated runaway leaders Hemel to confirm their form is no fluke.

He said: “The fans we’ve been getting week-in, week-out are great but I want more to come down and see how the team is doing.

“We’re having a great season and a bigger crowd who are right behind the team will give them an even bigger lift.”

United have two home matches in the next seven days. On Saturday they tackle struggling Burnham (3pm) in the Premier Division and on Tuesday night they entertain Conference North Worcester City in the last four of the Worcestershire Senior Cup (7.45pm).

“Because of our results at home people will be expecting us to bear Burnham but they will pose their own problems,” added McDonald.

“Then we’ve got a big game against Worcester. The league is our bread and butter and I want us to push on in it but it would also be great to make a cup final.”

After being held by Biggleswade on Saturday, United bounced back to see off Truro on Monday.

Jamie Molyneux came off the bench to change the match, while Ashley Sammons, Sam Youngs and teenage reserve team player Cameron Youngs all hit the back of the net.

The manager said: “I was chuffed to see Jamie make an impact. We had a chat before the game and he made a big difference.

“I thought young Cameron Youngs did well also. He’s stepped up from the reserves and I think he can do well for himself.”

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