REDDITCH United manager Tim Harris wants his team to show their defensive grit when Basingstoke visit the Trico Stadium this Saturday.

The Reds were left without action last weekend after their clash at St Ives was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Harris knows exactly where his players can improve as they look to end a seven-game winless run this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

He said: "In our recent home games I don't think we have been as competitive as we should have been.

"In the last four games at home we have scored 13 goals but have only won one and drawn the others.

"We have been good value for the fans and good entertainment and hopefully they can come and support us again, but that does show you that we have to tighten up at the back.

"Scoring goals has not been our issue so if we can be better defensively then that will give us a big chance."

Harris strengthened his defensive options last week with the arrival of former Kidderminster Harriers full-back Josh Ezewele, brother of Reds defender Louis Ezewele.

"We're a delighted to get Josh Ezewele in," added the boss. "He has consistently played well at a higher level and will help us in that department.

"Another disappointing thing about Saturday's game being off was that we actually had a strong line-up.

"We had Nathan Fox, Louis Ezewele and Lewis Wright all due back, as well as Josh Ezewele coming in, so we were much stronger than in recent weeks."

Ezewele's arrival won't be the last at the Trico as Harris continues to build.

He said: "We have a couple of deals that are close to being completed.

"We are looking at another player from National League North and want to continue to strengthen looking towards next season."