Saturday 19th November 2011 – Weymouth 2 vs 3 REDS
Published on November 27, 2011 by redditchutd · No Comments
The REDS made the long journey down the A34 to take on mid-table AFC Weymouth. The only change for the Reds from Tuesday night was Jake Jones replacing Ross Oulton in midfield.
The visitors lined up in their familiar 4-4-1-1 formation with James Travis partnering Jimmy Deabill in attack, fresh from his brace of goals against Barwell.
In a lively opening both sides went all out to score goals with the REDS having the better of the opening exchanges, with Deards, Jones, Travis and Deabill looking a potent front 4 supported well from midfield runner Joey Halsall. The front two of Beasley and Byereley were looking a good combination for the home team. It was a Tribe cross which found Beasley in the box, his header beating Coleman only to hit the bottom of the post, with Hickman on hand to clear the rebound.
In what was an open start to the game, but it was the REDS who were to take the lead. Following a throw in from Robinson the ball found its way to Deards on the edge of the box, he turned in an instant, before unleashing his shot that flew into the top corner of the net, leaving Manley in the Weymouth goal rooted to the spot.
Better was to come for the visitors on the stroke of half time a fantastic pass by Travis put Deabill clean through in a 1v1 situation with the Keeper, Deabill totally composed side footing the ball low to the keepers right to give the visitors a 2-0 half time lead.
The REDS came out rampant in the second half with Jones and Deards running riot in wide areas of the pitch, looking to add to the two goal lead. It was no surprise when the third goal came on 60 minutes, following a run from Deards he cut inside and his cross was only half cleared, as the ball looped up in the air, Joey Halsall’s acrobatic overhead kick flew into the back of Manley’s goal.
With the REDS pressing all the time it looked likely they could go on and score 5 or 6. But it was to be a nervous finish for the REDS with Byereley converting a penalty on 85 minutes following a foul by Halsall, then in added time it was Duff who slotted home from 12 yards as a result of a free kick from Weymouth’s right wing.
In the end the final whistle came as a welcome relief to the travelling fans, with the REDS registering their first away win of the season.
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Deards nets seaside special
Redditch United held out against a late onslaught for their first away league win for more than a year.
Graham Hyde’s men put in a hardworking display that deserved the three points in a game of limited quality at the Wessex Stadium. But it was a moment of class from Connor Deards that paved the way to victory for United.
Former Red Sam Malsom had struck the post for Weymouth before Deards opened the scoring on 28 minutes, collecting a half cleared cross on the edge of the box before controlling on the turn and blasting the ball back across goal on the half volley, finding the top corner of Tom Manley’s goal.
Weymouth probed for a way back into the match but created little, Jamie Beasley missing a header at the far post from Ollie Tribe’s cross.
Reds grabbed a decisive second right on half-time. James Travis’ clever through ball found the run of James Deabill who took a touch before coolly sliding his finish inside the far post.
United were happy to shut up shop in the second half, but grabbed what proved to be a vital third goal on the hour when Sam Poole’s clearance hit his own team mate. Joe Halsall reacted quickest, adjusting well to execute an overhead kick from eight yards.
The home side offered little before they were handed a consolation goal four minutes from time – Halsall pushing Warren Byerley in the area with the Weymouth frontman dusting himself off to score the resultant penalty.
The nerves were jangling when Craig Duff netted from Byerley’s knockdown at the death, but it was too late to affect the result, with referee Pete Lavelle blowing the full time whistle almost immediately after the restart.
REDS: Coleman 6, Stringfellow 5, Robinson 6, WARMER 8, Hickman 7, Grimes 7, Deards 8, Halsall 7, Deabill 6, Travis 6, Jones 6 (Moses-Garvey 84). Subs (not used): Oulton, Carter, O’Callaghan, Bedford.