Reds set for testing away games

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LIAM McDonald believes Redditch United can come through two tough away games.

The Valley Stadium outfit face two teams tipped to by vying for the Southern League Premier title, going to Chesham United on Saturday (3pm ko) and big spending St Neots next Tuesday (7.45pm ko).

The Reds go into those games in good spirits after a thrilling 4-2 defeat to highly-rated Cambridge on Saturday and a 2-1 win over Chippenham on Monday night at home.

McDonald said: "I am not worried about points, I want two good performances and if we do that then I am sure we can get results.

"We will be set up to win both games but they will be tough as these two sides are the favourites for the title this season.

"Their budgets are a lot bigger than ours but I have complete faith in the team."

There was also good news on the injury front for United as trio Jamie Spencer, Liam Spink and Simeon Maye near readiness.

Spencer has overcame his injury and turned out for Studley in their 2-1 loss to Coventry Copsewood on Saturday, while Liam Spink got some much-needed match fitness with Cadbury Athletic before making a substitute appearance for United on Monday.

Maye is set to play for Boldmere St Michaels in a bid to find his match sharpness.

McDonald is also sure his side will carry on pleasing the crowds throughout the season.

Ashley Sammons and Jamie Molyneux had fired United into a 2-0 lead against City, before Lee Chaffey, Andrew Phillips, Josh Beech and Sam Kelly inspired a Cambridge fight back.

Molyneux then bagged a second half brace to get the Reds off the mark on Monday.

McDonald said: "I thought the first half against Cambridge was the best we've played for me but Cambridge had a second half where all their chances went in.

"I told the players it was a freak result and they responded well against Chippenham.

"Jamie Molyneux took his goals well and Jermaine Hylton worked very hard, he got a lot of attention from Chippenham but that allowed Jamie to get in behind the defence.

"I know we will score goals and I think the defence is solid, we just have to keep focused."

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