Call-off allows Townsend to see Saints’ second string close up

Southam United manager Quentin Townsend.
Southam United manager Quentin Townsend.

With the first team match against Alvis Sporting called off after a mid-morning pitch inspection, Southam United manager Quentin Townsend got a chance to see the reserves in action at close quarters, playing in their win over South Redditch Athletic at Southam College, writes David Hucker.

The overnight rain saw the whole of the Midland League Division One programme wiped out but, not for the first time, the college’s 3G pitch came into its own.

The Stratford Alliance Division One cup tie had already been postponed once and, with a wet night forecast, was switched from Redditch the day before.

Townsend featured in a line-up which saw former Stockton keeper Simon Heath make his club debut and, with Saints racing to a two-goal lead, it looked like an easy home win was on the cards.

But, the visitors responded with three goals of their own to go in front before substitute Suki Nijjar levelled five minutes before the break.

Nijjar then put Saints ahead again and two more goals in the last ten minutes saw Saints comfortably through to the next round with a 6-3 victory.

Townsend will be back on first-team duty tomorrow when Southam entertain Knowle in the Coventry Charity Cup (2pm).

 Racing Club Warwick, whose trip to Littleton also fell foul of the wet weather, entertain Stafford Town tomorrow in the Midland League Division One.

Kenilworth Town and Leamington Hibs were also inactive last Saturday following postponements.