Written by Dan Keley. Images by Dan Keley
On Sunday The Reds were back in action following the Christmas and New Year Break as Sedgley & Gornal United Women were the visitors to The Valley Stadium – Powered by Impact Performance.
Before the break Redditch were defeated 4-2 at the hands of Worcester City Women Development in Pershore. Chloe Bailey and Cassandra Kameni-Siewe both scored respectively for The Reds in the second half.
The visitors meanwhile hadn’t been in action since the 10th of December 2023 after coming out 3-2 winners at The Dell Stadium by beating Bewdley Town Ladies.
The game started off slowly with both sets of players trying to feel each other out with the majority of the play being played in the middle of the park in the opening stages.
It took until the 7th minute for the first opportunity of the game after Sedgley had half a chance, but the shot didn’t trouble Red’s keeper Megan Burton.
Redditch had their first opportunity of the game just five minutes later after Maddy Sutton played in Chloe Bailey with a great ball who then unleashed a powerful shot, but the Sedgley keeper somehow pulled off a fantastic save to keep the scores level.
The visitors had a great chance to take the lead after they played a ball over The Red’s defence to beat the Redditch defensive line, but Megan Burton rushed out of her box to make a good save with her feet.
Sedgley broke the deadlock in the 17th minute after the shot from the edge of the box was blocked by defender Shannon Waine but the follow up shot went into the bottom right-hand corner past Megan Burton into the Redditch net.
The Reds struggled to carve any more chances in the first half. Full back Olivia Burke had an effort which was saved by Sedgley’s keeper at her near post.
Five minutes before the end of the first half Sedgley were awarded a penalty which they dispatched to double their advantage going into the half time break.
The Red’s come out firing on all cylinders for the second half and limited Sedgley throughout the half. Three minutes after the restart Alice Rogers had a great effort from distance but yet again Sedgley’s keeper pulled off another outstanding save to deny Redditch a goal.
In the 79th minute Redditch were back in it after Chloe Bailey played an excellent ball over the Sedgley defence for Alice Rogers who controlled the ball and took the ball away from the keeper to put the ball into an empty net to pull one back for The Red’s.
There was a change in goal for The Red’s after Megan Burton came off for Hannah Ravenscroft and in the 85th minute Ravenscroft was pulled into action after Sedgley broke the Redditch defensive line, but she made a good save with her feet to deny the visitors a third goal.
Three minutes later and two minutes from time the Redditch pressure finally paid off after Alice Rogers scored with an unbelievable finish into the top corner to level the game.
The Red’s continued to pile on the pressure in the closing stages to get the winner. Alice Rogers hit another shot but unfortunately didn’t repeat the outrageous finish from her last shot and then Captain Casey Ryder had an effort that went wide of the post.
Redditch can be pleased and encourage from their fight back after being 2-0 down at half time. They showed a lot of character to get back into the game and get a positive result which will give them a lot of confidence going forward into the next few fixtures.
Final score: Redditch United Women 2-2 Sedgley & Gornal United Women
Redditch United Women Goals:
Alice Rogers (79,88)
Next up for The Red’s is a trip to face division pace setters Long Itchington Ladies in which will be a stern test. Redditch will come up against two former players from last season in forward Nakiya Lewis-Edwards and midfielder Marianna Redmond-Lyon respectively.
Last time the two sides met in October at The Valley a Chloe Bailey wonder free kick was the difference as The Red’s dug deep to come away with a 1-0 win.
More details on this fixture will be released in due course via our social channels.
We would like to go on record and say a massive thank you to each and every one of you for your unbelievable support on Sunday from behalf of the management, staff, and the players.
We all look forward to seeing you back at The Valley soon. Up the Reds!!