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Reds pass Trophy test with flying colours
Redditch United 2, Chasetown 0
SECOND half goals from Harvey Headley and Ashley Sammons guided the Reds through to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
But once again it was a makeshift defence that won the plaudits – Jermaine Clarke and Calum Flanagan snaffling out the few chances that Chasetown created.
Indeed chances were few and far between in the opening period with the first effort on target not coming until a last minute of the half when United’s Omari Sterling-James tried his luck from distance only for visiting keeper Ryan Price to save with ease.
That was to be the midfielder’s last touch as he was replaced by Headley at the start of the second half. And he made an instant impact, scoring with his first touch of the game on 47 minutes when he drilled a shot beyond Price from the edge of the area.
Lee Butler put a looping effort wide of the Redditch goal before Paul Sullivan fired a shot at home keeper Sam Hornby but the Reds looked the most likely to add to the scoreline and Jamie Molyneux was denied by a good save ten minutes into the half.
The introduction of Theo Robinson and Nick Wellecomme off the bench injected some purpose into the Chasetown attacks and Sullivan put a header just wide midway through the half as they looked for an equaliser.
But with 77 minutes gone it was Sammons who doubled the lead, beating a player before perfectly placing his shot into the bottom left-hand corner.
There was a late salvo from the visitors with Theo Robinson forcing a good save from Hornby on 90 minutes before Jack Farmer crashed a 30-yard effort against the crossbar.
But it was Liam McDonald’s side who eased into the next round and a home tie against another Evo-Stick Division One side – Brigg Town.
Reds: Hornby 7, Recci 7, Caines 7 (Bridgewater 74), Oshungbure 8, Clarke 8, FLANAGAN 9, Sterling-James 6 (Headley 46, 7), Sammons 7, Ahenkorah 7 (Hylton 85), Price 6, Molyneux 6. Subs (not used): McDonald, Catlow.
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