REDDITCH United secured their spot in the Southern League play-offs after a superb 3-0 victory over champions Needham Market at the Valley Stadium.

United will travel to Leamington on Wednesday, May 1 for the Southern League Premier Division Central play off semi-final (7.45pm).

The winner will play either AFC Telford United or Mickleover in the final on Monday, May 6.

A guard of honour was held for Needham Market at the start of last Saturday's game for being crowned champions.

And the first chance fell to the visitors as Adam Mills was teed up in the box but his shot was narrowly wide.

Redditch then went 1-0 up in the 10th minute after Johnny Johnston beat a number of defenders before squaring the ball across goal for the oncoming Aram Soleman who found the bottom corner.

Alex Cameron was on the receiving end of a late challenge which caused a coming-together with the players.

Mills and Brad Burton were booked early on for their reactions.

Needham had a couple of quick efforts on goal but both were easily dealt with by Adam Harrison who made his 50th appearance this season.

Despite the Marketmen having more of the ball, the Reds were clinical as Reece Flanagan picked up the ball in the away half, cut inside from the right and curled a left-footed finish into the bottom corner past Marcus Garnham.

United entered half-time looking well up for the game as they pressed high and did not let the visitors cause any issues.

Cameron forced a good stop from Garnham in the second half after he was played through on the left.

Needham continued to have more of the ball but Redditch held their shape well.

The Valley Stadium erupted with 10 minutes to play as Redditch solidified their spot in the play-off zone with a wonder goal.

Flanagan found Burton just outside the area in a central position and he smashed it into the bottom far corner to cap off an excellent display from the Reds.

Leamington’s victory over relegation survivors AFC Sudbury means that Redditch finish an impressive season in fourth place ahead of Mickleover who had 12 points deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

The Reds also held their end-of-season awards with winners as follows: Top Goalscorer: Reece Flanagan; Manager's Player: Ryan Wollacott; Player's Player: Ryan Wollacott; Fans' Player: Reece Flanagan.