LIAM McDonald has challenged his Redditch United players to double their current points tally by the end of the season.

The Reds have amassed 31 points from the first 26 matches of the campaign but he wants the same number from the remaining 18 games in the Calor Southern League Premier.

United ended an encouraging 2013 with a 2-0 victory over Bedford Town at on Saturday, thanks to second-half goals from Jim Mutton and Sam Youngs.

Victory ensured they bounced back from their 5-1 Boxing Day defeat at the hands of Stourbridge at the War Memorial Ground.

After falling behind to Luke Benbow’s strike, Omari Sterling-James levelled but an error by keeper Bradley Catlow allowed Nick Bennett to fire the Glassboys ahead.

However, Stourbridge upped their game and late goals gave the result a one-side look. Manager McDonald said: “To have 31 points at this stage is very good, particularly in the last few years, Redditch have struggled at the bottom. Now I want the players to build on the first part of the season and get the same number of points.

“We may have less games but I know we have a young side that has lots of energy and is growing in self-belief.

“The scoreline against Stourbridge didn’t illustrate how well we played. We were the better team in the first half but we ended up trailing to an error, Stourbridge were stronger in the second half. We lost to them 6-0 at the start of the season but this was a much better performance.”

United now turn their attentions to Saturday’s league trip to bottom-of-the-table Bashley (3pm). McDonald added: “I expect us to win at Bashley if the players prepare properly and are fully focused which they will be.”