Liam McDonald, manager of Calor League Southern Premier Division club Redditch United, expressed his delight….
…..with his players after their superb 4-2 victory at Burnham on Tuesday lifted them out of the bottom four and into nineteenth place in the table.
The result was the perfect tonic for United, who last Saturday were on the end of a 5-0 defeat at leaders Hemel Hempstead Town – a scoreline which flattered a Town side who have won ten league matches in a row.
McDonald now hopes Redditch can carry the momentum from Tuesday’s victory into Saturday’s home game against mid-table Hitchin Town, when a first home victory of the season could propel the Reds several further places up the table.
McDonald said: “I’m thrilled for the lads that they’ve beaten Burnham. We played some really good football again and were deserved winners.
“We carried on from where we left off in the second half at Hemel. Yes, we lost 5-0 there, but we had plenty of chances of our own and hit the post twice and that scoreline was very harsh on us.
“We can take many positives from the win against Burnham, as we defended much better as a team and didn’t concede from open play (Burnham scored two penalties) and my front four all scored.
“We’ve taken some stick at times this season but the lads have always kept their confidence and I remain confident in what we are trying to do and results like Tuesday’s show we are making progress.
“I told the lads after Hemel, even though we’d lost 5-0, that if they maintained that second half performance level I’d expect us to get at Burnham and beat them and that’s what we’ve done.
“I know we are capable of doing the same to Hitchin now and we’ve got to do everything in our power to make sure we do because our better performances this season have come on the road and the fans at the Valley Stadium deserve to see displays like Tuesday’s on home soil.”
McDonald was keen to express his delight at the impact made by Nathan Jackson – snapped up from Midland Alliance outfit AFC Wulfrunians – and believes the 6`5” 21-year-old will form a strong partnership with Jim Mutton in central defence.
“Nathan was outstanding,” said McDonald. “He’s strong, quick and superb in the air and hungry to impress for Redditch.
“With that sort of presence at the back and the forwards really starting to threaten, we have lots to be positive about moving forward.”