MANAGER Liam McDonald has admitted the club are flattered Birmingham City boss Lee Clarke has been down to watch Redditch United.

The Blues boss came down to run the rule over a host of the Reds’ up and coming young talent in last Thursday’s 2-0 home defeat to Poole Town.

With the likes of Jermaine Hylton and Omari Sterling-James impressing with their dashing wing displays, they are attracting the attention of clubs from higher levels.

Clarke has little to spare in terms of funds after the disastrous tenure of former president Carson Yeung, and the City boss has been scouring the local non-league for players who can make the step up to the professional ranks.

McDonald said: “It’s flattering to have the manager of a club like Birmingham come and watch us.

“We’ve now got a reputation as a place where up and coming young players can improve and have a chance to shine.

“People always talk about Jermaine but I think we have a number of players who will make a move up the leagues.

“It’s a boost for the players. We wouldn’t stand in a player’s way but we have a good relationship with the players and I know that if they are not playing full-time they will be here.”

United will be keen to get back on track after back-to-back defeats to Pool and Chesham on Saturday.

They have a testing run of four away games in the Calor Southern League Premier, starting with Bideford on Saturday (3pm ko) and AFC Totton next Tuesday.

They go to Aresley on April 12 and Corby on Wednesday, April 16.

McDonald feels Redditch, who had previously gone unbeaten in six games, can surpass reach the 60 point mark.United are currently on 51 points with six matches left.

“Sixty points has been a target I set for the players at the start of the season but it’s not something we have spoken about.”

“I am looking for good performances in the next four games and if we can win a couple of games as well.

“That will set us up for our final two matches at home.

He added: “I was frustrated by the defeats to Poole and Chesham.

“We could have been 2-0 up against Poole but didn’t take our chances. It was an entertaining against Chesham and I was disappointed with the result.”