REDDITCH United have reached the summit of the Southern League Premier Central table after a narrow win over 10-man Bromsgrove Sporting on Saturday.

In front of a packed-out derby-day crowd at The Valley, Redditch huffed and puffed against a stubborn Sporting side who played 75 minutes a man down following an early red card for Michael McGrath after bringing down Tyrell Skeen-Hamilton as the last man.

But the hosts eventually broke them down and scored the winner in the 76th minute when Aram Soleman powered a header into the top corner from Reece Flanagan's corner.

The three points took The Reds to the top of the league and despite having played more games than most of the teams in the title race, Matt Clarke's side are having a fine season and looking odds-on for at least a play-off place at the end of the season.

The Reds have won 15 games in the league this season but it's their form in the last two months that has seen them rise to the summit in the table. Clarke's men have won eight of their last 10 matches and will now be looking to try and maintain their impressive run as we approach the business end of the campaign.

As for Bromsgrove, they are now just three points above the relegation zone and with fellow Worcestershire side Alvechurch showing signs of life beneath them, they will be looking nervously over their shoulder.

Church continued their recent resurgence with a second win in three league matches as another goal for the in-form striker Dan Sweeney saw them come from a goal down to beat Hitchin Town 2-1.

They now have two games in hand on the two teams above them and more results like this will see them jump out of the relegation zone and into safety.