Redditch Match Report

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Redditch Match Report

Post  Merthyr Imp on Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:42 pm

Tonight’s team:

O.Davies;
A.Davies,Tancock,McDonald,Barrow;
Evans,Richards;
Traylor,Reffell,Jenkins;
McLaggon;

Subs:
Wright for Reffell after about 57 minutes
Prosser for Jenkins at the same time
Copp for Evans after about 74 minutes
Watkins
Patten

An unchanged squad from Saturday. Jaye Bowen was there, taking part in the warm-up.

We almost caught Redditch cold in the first minute when the ball reached Ian Traylor on the right of the area. He stepped inside for a left-foot shot which the keeper pushed away for a corner.

But we didn’t sustain the bright start, and after about 8 minutes Oliver Davies had to come out well to block a shot from Redditch veteran player-manager Darren Byfield after he was played in on the right of our area.

With about 19 minutes gone Ian Traylor had a shot cleared off the line after Keyon Reffell played the ball in to him from the right.

We were having most of the play without looking really threatening, but on about 28 minutes took the lead. Scott Barrow took a corner on the right which was met by Eliot Richards with a volley which went into the ground and bounced up, with the keeper unable to hold the ball as he was challenged for it. This led to a bit of a scramble with Curtis McDonald turning the ball into the net for his first home goal.

Redditch came the nearest to scoring that they did all match after Corey Jenkins gave the ball away in the middle, resulting in a dangerous attack on the left of our area with a shot cleared off the line by Curtis McDonald. We went to the other end almost straight away, and Ian Traylor inside the Redditch area passed to Keyon Reffell whose shot was deflected and tipped over the bar by the keeper.

The second goal came a couple of minutes before the break after Ashley Evans was fouled 25-30 yards out. Scott Barrow took the free kick and curled it over the end of the wall and inside the top corner of the goal.

On balance of play it was a fair scoreline at half time, although Redditch had almost scored twice from just about the only two chances they’d had.

About 3 minutes after the break we looked a little lax in defence when a ball came in from the left, allowing an attacker in the box to turn and hit a shot inches wide.

But that was to be it as far as Redditch were concerned as we dominated the rest of the game.

With about 57 minutes gone Jarrad Wright came on for Keyon Reffell, which was something of a surprise, and I suppose he may have been carrying an injury. Less of a surprise was Ryan Prosser replacing Corey Jenkins who had not been particularly effective.  Kayne McLaggon moved across to the left as usual, with Prosser in the middle.  Almost straight away we put some pressure on Redditch, which ended with a shot just over the bar from 20 yards by Jarrad Wright.

There was a long spell then where Redditch couldn’t get hold of the ball but we couldn’t turn the possession into a goal.

Ashley Evans had been in the wars, although not having actually gone down injured, and he was given a rest after about 74 minutes with Kyle Copp replacing him, Eliot Richards dropping deeper.

A couple of minutes later Ryan Prosser did well to put Ian Traylor free on the right to fire in a shot which was blocked, with the ball just not quite falling for Kyle Copp in the goalmouth. That was to be the nearest we came to a goal in the second half as Redditch defended competently but posed no threat at all for the last 40 minutes of the game.

Well, the easiest game of the current run of three at home, and like Cinderford on Boxing Day, a 2-0 win that didn’t reflect our dominance of the game. I think Redditch only had the three chances and apart from that seemed to show little inclination to attack - of course this may have been due to our being too good for them! - and seemed only interested in keeping the score down in the second half.

Ashley Evans was selected by the sponsors as man of the match, and I wouldn't argue too much with that, although I might have gone with Eliot Richards, and you have to say Curtis McDonald played a significant role at both ends of the pitch. But it was again a good team performance. Kayne McLaggon didn’t seem at his best in the first half but improved in the second, Ryan Prosser was lively when he came on, and Kyle Copp slotted in well.

Attendance of 401 was similar to last Tuesday night, and although down on Saturday’s figure it wasn’t surprising on such a wet night. We move up to 2nd place, although having played more games than any other of the top five.

Points to note:
* No team has lost fewer games than us this season
* Only Chippenham have scored more goals than our 61
* Only Leamington have conceded fewer goals than our 25
* We are the only team with a plus goal difference of more than 30


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