5 of our teams were in action this weekend.
The Men’s 1st team were away at Barlaston this week and were looking to build upon a good win from the previous week. Redditch started off well with some opportunities being created from the midfield, however this was overturned with a fair amount of pressure building from Barlaston, this pressure was nearly turned into a goal as a long ball through to the Barlaston attack saw the ball deflect off the Redditch keeper from underneath his pad towards the goal, fortunately Adrian Young was there to slide full stretch to clear the ball from the Redditch goal.
Redditch then upped their game and began to attack with multiple efforts from Harry Capewell and Tom Dunkley, the pressure finally resulted in a goal when James Makin fired into the bottom corner off his reverse stick. The build-up of pressure created from Redditch continued in the first half resulting in another goal, a top corner finish from Chris Thomas.
Unfortunately, during this half Redditch also suffered an injury as Captain Andy Billingham fired the ball into the oppositions D and accidentally hitting his own team mate Matt Walton in the hand who now may miss the coming games due to a broken bone in his index finger.
As the second half got under way, Redditch were slow to start which resulted in pressure from the Barlaston attack, this was kept at bay however by clever defending from the Redditch back three and defence was turned into attack from the midfield and Redditch again had countless efforts to put the ball in the goal.
Redditch again scored another goal from a reverse sick strike from Jacob Beard from an acute angle. Redditch were looking for another a clean sheet, when an unlucky own goal from Adrian Young chipped the Redditch keeper making the score 3-1.
Redditch’s fourth and final goal was a miss hit into the bottom corner from captain Andy Billingham, after multiple attempts from short corners during the game taking the overall final score to 4-1, a good win for Redditch.
Redditch Ladies game finished with an impressive 5-3 win against Pershore, starting the game with intensity and pursuing this throughout the game. First goal coming from Leanne Styzaker with a post shot, via the deflection of the goal keeper’s pads, shortly followed by captain Jodie Williams, who after carrying the ball past two of the opposition defenders, to finish with taking an impressive strike from top of the D into bottom left hand corner, increasing Redditch’s determination and pressure.
Redditch unfortunately conceded a goal bringing the score to 2-1, however this did not lower Redditch’s intensity and fight shortly before the half time whistle, Redditch was able to gain another goal from Anna Dawson. From a strike in the middle of the D and gained some height, resulting in a brilliant goal over the keeper’s pads. Ending the first half 3-2 ahead.
Redditch came into the second half as motivated as the first, however Pershore was able to bring as much fight as us putting pressure on Redditch’s keeper Amy Youster who was able to defend their shots well, allowing Redditch’s defence to break down Pershore’s attack to gain ground, this enabling a fourth goal from Ruth Waite, via a powerful push from centre D, into bottom right corner past the keeper’s feet, making the score 4-3.
Moments before the final whistle, the final goal was from a strong cross via the right wing from Leanne Styzaker to Anna Dawson who was centre D who managed to get a touch on the ball, resulting in it being forcefully taken into the bottom left corner, past the keeper and all defending players of the opposition, giving Anna her second goal of the game. Leaving Redditch with a well-earned 5-3 win. The team gave an overall strong and positive performance, this showing through the result.
Redditch 4’s travelled to Edgbaston to gain a 5-3 win, Redditch started the game off with 10-men and that gave Edgbaston the freedom to gain a 3 goal lead inside the first 20 minutes of the first half.
The introduction late on in the first half of Richard Sellors in the centre of Redditch’s midfield allowed the game to become more open and the passing and movement off the ball improved by all involved, which lead to the away side being able to pull a goal back, scored by Russ Baldwin – his first goal since 1992/3. Russ joined Redditch over the summer through the successful back to hockey programme.
More chances followed with Josh Checkley being open on the back post to shoot just wide, as well as missing from a penalty stroke meant that Redditch went into halftime with the score at 3-1 after some excellent saves from goalkeeper Lee Wickersham.
Redditch started the second half the way they ended the first with a double from Sellors and a strong shot past the keeper from Sean the young left winger. The game was wrapped up by a last minute shot from Ben Tominski which wrong footed the keeper and gave the 4th team a well-deserved 5-3 result.
Other results this weekend, Men’s 3s had an impressive 12 – 0 win against Edgbaston’s 8s and Badgers drew 2-2 against Bromsgrove Reds