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2018/19 SEASON - MATCH REPORT - BIRMINGHAM SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND - 23 OCTOBER 2018
Rugby Town

Redditch United
Loveridge 6'
Nelson 22'

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Rugby Town

Rugby Town

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Redditch United 2-0 Rugby Town - October 2018
Rugby exited their final cup competition of the season
 

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Birmingham Senior Cup 1st Round
Trico Stadium, Redditch
Attendance 99
Valley Star Man
DANICO JOHNSON
by JON VENNER

Two first half goals ended Rugby's interest in the regional knockout competition at the first hurdle on the Trico Stadium artificial pitch.

Valley were unable to recreate their heroics in the FA Cup at the same venue just over six weeks previously, after a particularly dominant opening forty minute display by the hosts saw them establish what proved to be an impenetrable advantage.

Town boss Carl Adams made six changes from the weekend's team at Desborough, with experienced midfield duo Richard Bunting and Justin Marsden both returning from injury.

Loyiso Recci was restored to the line-up after serving a one match suspension, with Charlie Evans and Lewis Rankin also given starts.

Trey Brathwaite's arrival back the club saw him make a season debut at left-back.

The home side was virtually a completely different make-up from the 4-2 cup defeat against Rugby at the start of September, and they started the game at a high tempo - with winger Ahmed Ali a thorn in Brathwaite's side from the off.

Redditch were ahead after just five minutes when Max Loveridge's true and straight strike from thirty yards was too good for Matt Hill in the Town goal.

United's second came after a good spell of football from them - culminating in Valley's inability to clear a delivery into the box, which ultimately saw Mike Nelson slide the ball home.

Danico Johnson had Town's best chance of the first half when he steered one into the side netting, but it was a rare moment of opportunity against the superior opposition.

The balance shifted a little after the break as the hosts appeared to take their foot off the gas. However Rugby's play often lacked incision and hence an end product too.

Johnson looked the most likely to pull one back for the visitors, but home keeper Reece Francis continued to remain relatively untroubled for the remainder of the game.

Shaquille Whittingham - the only Redditch man to start both cup games between the two clubs - went closest to securing a United third before the referee's whistle concluded the tie.

Valley Line-up: Hill; Rosser (Tulloch), Brathwaite, Recci, Francis; Marsden (Steele), Bunting (Perkins), Blake; Rankin , Evans, Johnson. Subs not used: Hayden. Booked: None.

Redditch line-up: Francis, Ashmore, Wright, Loveridge, Evans, Parsons, Ali, Bunn, Gibson, Leachman-Whittingham, Nelson. Subs: Mills, Reynolds, Howards.

 
Valley Line-up - Redditch United 2-0 Rugby Town - October 2018
 

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