AFC Totton 0, Redditch United 3
TWO goals from Ashley Sammons and a close-range header from Jermaine Hylton guided Redditch to victory on the south coast.
But credit must also go to teenage midfielder Max Loveridge who produced a man of the match display in the centre of the park.
The Reds started the better with Sammons and Jamie Molyneux missing early chances before Omari Sterling-James let fly with a delightful effort off the outside of his boot that forced keeper Steve Mowthorpe into a scrambled save.
The breakthrough came on 21 minutes when a long-range Sammons shot was deflected into the net.
Totton, stuck in the relegation zone, struggled to create although Zac Mouland did put an effort wide of the United target ten minutes before the break.
The second half saw more of the same from Liam McDonald’s side, Loveridge winning everything in midfield with defender James Mutton clearing any chances the home side managed to create.
An early Sam Youngs effort sailed wide for the Reds before Hylton neatly beat two defenders only to steer his shot straight at the keeper.
On 72 minutes, Sterling-James was just too high with a free-kick before the visitors doubled their lead two minutes later. Loveridge played in substitute Edwin Ahenkorah out wide and his cross found Hylton who was able to head home from three yards.
Hylton had another header saved soon after before Redditch keeper Brad Catlow did well to keep out a Chris Onoufriou effort at the other end.
Injury time saw Sammons score his second of the game, a breakaway effort that finished with him calmly rounding the keeper.
Reds: Catlow 7, Oshungbure 7, Caines 6, LOVERIDGE 9 (Bridgwater 81), Recci 7, Mutton 8, Youngs 7, Sammons 8, Molyneux 6 (Ahenkorah 69, 5), Hylton 7, Sterling-James 7 (Young 75). Sub (not used: McDonald