Green­backs kept at bay by red-hot Reece

The Non-League Football Paper - - STEP 3 ACTION - By Jamie Home

GOALS from Liam Howards and Shaquille Leach­man-Whittingham gave in-form Red­ditch United vic­tory at Bed­worth United.

Though the score­line sug­gests a com­fort­able af­ter­noon, it was any­thing but, with keeper Reece Fran­cis mak­ing four ex­cel­lent saves, in­clud­ing a stun­ner from Luke Rowe’s stop­page-time penalty.

Kai Tonge and El­liot Par­rott both went close for the strug­gling hosts but af­ter 11 min­utes, Leach­man Whit­ting­ton shot from 20 yards, the ball de­flected off Howards, and nes­tled in the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner, with keeper Adam Har­ri­son go­ing the other way.

Fran­cis then beat out a Tonge vol­ley be­fore Leach­man-Whit­ting­ton found space to thump in a sec­ond af­ter 27 min­utes.

Fran­cis de­nied sub­sti­tute Owen Story af­ter Jake Whit­more’s ex­cel­lent run and cross.

Bed­worth had most of the play af­ter the break but were lucky when Michael Nel­son blasted over and Har­ri­son then de­nied him just be­fore the end

Home goal­keeper Fran­cis then saved deep in added time from Aaron Black­more, who was fouled by Nyeko Sin­clair as he fol­lowed up, but Fran­cis moved smartly to his left to keep the ball out of the net and pre­vent Rowe from reg­is­ter­ing a last-gasp con­so­la­tion ef­fort for the away side.

STAR MAN: Reece Fran­cis (Red­ditch) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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