Eminoglu brace sinks eight-man Bideford

Redditch United 3, Bideford 1

Redditch pocketed the points at the end of an eventful match that saw visitors Bideford finish up with just eight men.

But the Reds made hard work of things, only wrapping up the win with two goals in the final five minutes.

United had the pick of the early chances and should have been two goals up inside the opening 15 minutes.

Defender Jamie Mutton crashed a header against the underside of the crossbar from an Ashley Sammons free-kick, the ball bouncing onto the line before being cleared, while keeper Steve Oliver produced a fine save to keep out Umit Eminoglu’s free-kick that had deflected off the wall.

Bideford’s best effort of the half fell to central defender Rob Farking who headed a corner over the target on 22 minutes.

Omari Sterling-James twice went close late in the half, his first shot being deflected wide with his second, from the resulting corner, flying inches wide of the other post.

The visitors were reduced to ten men on the stroke of half-time when Stephen Reed was sent off for an off-the-ball incident involving Sammons which also saw a yellow card produced for the Redditch skipper.

Eminoglu marked his home debut with a ferocious strike to open the scoring on 52 minutes following some excellent work from Jermaine Hylton.

But a foul by Dave Bridgwater on Owen Howe allowed Matt Hockley to level from the penalty spot just three minutes later.

A goalmouth scramble on the hour saw both Harvey Headley and Eminoglu have efforts blocked as the Reds looked to turn their possession into goals.

And they were helped when Craig Duff became the second Bideford played to see red after a horrendous challenge on Eminoglu.

Four minutes from the end there was another sending off, this time for visiting midfielder Matt Bye who kept out a Sterling-James effort with a fine save on the line – an incident that allowed Eminoglu to double his tally with a cheekily chipped penalty.

The final goal came in injury time when the excellent Hylton won the ball out wide and ran into the box before placing his sheet through the legs of keeper Oliver.

Reds: Hornby 6, Williams 6, Flanagan 7, Sammons 6, Slade 6 (Bridgwater 29, 6), Mutton 6, Sterling-James 6, Youngs 6, Headley 7 (Wetherby 90), Eminoglu 7 Oliver 90), Hylton 8. Subs (not used): McDonald, Catlow

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