Redditch United 2, Weymouth 0

IF THIS was to be the final pairing of brothers Lee and Stuart Hendrie in Redditch United’s colours then they signed off in impressive style.

The former Villa midfielder once again proved a notch above everyone one else on the field while his younger sibling capped a man of the match display with a well-taken goal.

His 11th minute strike came amid a Redditch onslaught that could have seen them two goals to the good before finally finding a way past Tom Manley in the Weymouth goal.

He had a second minute effort cleared off the line by Rhys Baggridge before defender Joe Hull, starting his first game for the Reds, fired against the foot of the post as the Terras failed to clear a corner.

But when the goal came it was one to remember. Jimmy Deabill was denied by a Manley save but the ball was worked to Hendrie who, from 20 yards, managed to curl his shot over the keeper before it dipped just under the crossbar.

Hull missed another glorious chance late in the half, firing over from four yards while Deabill had an effort cleared from in front of goal by Byron Napper.

There could have been few complaints had the Reds take a four-goal lead into the break. Instead, they almost conceded with the final move of the half, Terra skipper Ben Gerring volleying a corner goalwards only for keeper Dean Coleman to palm it away.

The home onslaught continued after the break and when Lee Osborne was clipped by the Weymouth keeper, Sam Adkins had a chance to double the lead but his 59th minute kick was saved by Manley.

Five minutes later and the Reds missed another good chance when Stuart Hendrie failed to get a toe on a low cross that Tesfa Robinson had drilled across the face of goal.

Graham Hyde’s side finally put the result beyond doubt when Osborne slotted home from the penalty spot nine minutes from time after Manley had brought down Joe Halsall, a foul that also resulted in the keeper being sent off.

Osborne should have bagged his second of the game in the closing minutes but, after Lee Hendrie had rounded replacement keeper Chris Povall, the Redditch winger stabbed his shot wide of the open goal.

Reds: Coleman 6, Knott 7, Robinson 6, Adkins 7 (Forde 84), Hickman 8, Hull 7, S HENDRIE 9, Halsall 6, Deabill 8, L Hendrie 8, Osborne 7 (Moses-Garvey 89). Subs (not used): Warmer, Stringfellow, Bedford.