MANAGER Ian King says his young Redditch United squad is more than capable of building on their impressive start to the season.

Reds sit ninth in the Southern League Central table after two wins, three draws and just one defeat from the opening six games.

Their unbeaten run was extended to four with a 1-1 stalemate at home to Rushden and Diamonds last Saturday.

United had taken the lead thanks to Rhys Hilton's first-half opener but conceded late on as the visitors shared the spoils.

King had nothing but praise for his players as they again showed their potential.

He said: "What we need to do is put the result into perspective. The fact we feel so disappointed not to come away with the win against Rushden and Diamonds says a lot about where we are at the moment and how far we have already come this season.

"We had chances to go further ahead in the first half but didn't take them. They are a side that rarely changes how they play but they did that in the second half and bombarded us with balls into the box.

"We stood up to it well for a long time and showed a real resilience but in the end a law of averages says one will get through.

"To be ninth after six games is a good start for us and means we're ahead of where we thought we'd be. We can now look forward to moving forwards as a group.

"What we need to do now is move to the next stage, which is being more consistent now. It's also important to be patient when things don't go well.

"You can see that game management and correct decision making starting to come with more experience,

"We have an average aged squad of under 20, so there should be plenty more to come from us."

Redditch go to Sutton Coldfield Town in the FA Cup this Saturday.

"We will be fully respectful of Sutton Coldfield and make sure we prepare properly for the game," added the boss.

"It's a chance for us to continue our progress and a game we can look forward to."

Olly Mulders should be back after a toe injury and Callum Coyle should recover from a issue with blisters.