MORE than 1,200 fans were at Redditch United's ground to see the Reds beat Hitchin Town three nil. 

The game got off to a quick start with Musa Ceesay taking the lead with a goal on nine minutes. 

Despite some good chances, fans had a long wait for the next goal which was scored by Alex Cameron on 80 minutes. 

Johnny Johnston made it three just five minutes later to seal the victory. 

Manager Matt Clarke said it was a good boost after the disappointment of conceding a last-minute goal at the previous game against Stamford, which ended in a two-all draw. 

Clarke said: "Hitchin are a really good side, you saw, at times, in possession they were really good but I thought our shape out of possession was really good.

"We frustrated them. They didn’t create any chances.

"And we’ve got people who can change games.

"Based on the first 25 minutes we could have been three or four up but we had to be patient.

"We enjoyed it."

Clarke praised supporters who had turned out in freezing conditions - with the numbers bolstered by the club offering free entry on Monday night.

He said: "We spoke in the dressing room about handling the pressure of that – the biggest crowd of the season.

"It was unbelievable from the supporters. The support was magnificent. For them to come out on a Monday night, in -2 degrees, to have over 1,200 people was brilliant.

"It’s a testament to what the club are doing here.

"We just hope to get people in Saturday again for the derby against Bromsgrove but the support was fantastic."