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Reds bounce back from Truro loss with Harriers win
10:52am Thursday 5th December 2013 in Sport
LIAM McDonald admitted he was disappointed that Redditch United’s young guns did not take their chance in Saturday’s defeat Southern League Premier defeat in Truro.
The manager drafted in a host of squad players because the likes of Edwin Ahenkorah, Jamie Molyneux, Jermaine Hylton and Callum Flanagan were out injured.
But a youthful United team were edged out 1-0 as they failed to build on last week’s win over Frome.
“I am disappointed, this was a chance for some of the guys in the squad to take their chance but they failed to do so,” complained McDonald.
“Apart from our keeper, Sam Hornby, there weren’t really any positives to take from this result, we did not play well enough. What was most disappointing is that I had warned the players about set pieces being Truro’s strength, but we let them score anyway.”
United prepared for Saturday's game with a 3-2 win over Skrill Premier high-flyers Kidderminster Harriers in the Worcestershire Senior Cup on Wednesday night, with Omar Sterling-James, Harvey Headley and Jermaine Hylton scoring.
United reached the final of this competition last year, beating Harriers at Aggborough in the process before losing to Stourbridge, but McDonald believes three points from Saturday’s home clash against second-from- bottom AFC Totton takes priority (3pm ko).
He said: “I know Harriers have a huge FA Cup clash against Newport on Saturday so I am not sure the Senior Cup will be very high on their list of priorities.
“Beating Totton on Saturday is more important because we need three points.
“We set ourselves a target of getting near 30 points by Christmas and that is going to be very tough.
“On Saturday we did not reach the standards we have set ourselves in recent weeks.”
United are hoping to welcome back Ahenkorah, who was rested for the Truro trip as a precaution not to aggravate a groin problem.
Hylton (ankle), Molyneux (knee), Flannagan and Nathan Jackson are also expected to be back for Saturday’s clash. Next Wednesday United go to Cambridge City (7.45pm ko).
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