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Reds end pre-season in defeat
9:10am Monday 12th August 2013 in Sport
Redditch United 2, Sutton Coldfield Town 3
THERE was to be no winning finale to Redditch United’s pre-season campaign as visitors Sutton came from behind to take the spoils.
And former Reds pair Craig Milligan and Mark Danks were among the scorers to guide the Evo-Stik Division One South side to victory.
Nathan Thompson gave Sutton a 24th minute lead, pouncing on a misplaced pass from Mark Hands before scuffing his shot past keeper Sam Hornby who should have done better.
The remainder of the half belonged to the Reds as they piled forward in search of an equaliser. Defender Bairoh Conteh missed the target from eight yards after latching on to an Edwin Ahenkorah free-kick and Leavi Oshungbure had an effort blocked by the legs of Town keeper Lee Evans.
James Molyneux finally levelled on 35 minutes, neatly diverting an Ahenkorah corner, before Harvey Headley placed a header wide just before the break.
The Reds took control in the second period, taking the lead through a powerful Ahenkorah drive from 18 yards.
But a string of changes midway through the half knocked them off their stride and Milligan took advantage, forcing home a 75th minute equaliser.
Danks’ winner was a stunning volley eight minutes from time. Another former Red Jamie Sheldon teed him up and the striker’s fierce effort flew past Hornby and just under the crossbar.
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