MANAGER Darren Byfield hopes Redditch United will prove a knock-out success this Saturday after training with former British boxing champion Frankie Gavin ahead of their clash with leaders King's Lynn.

The boss has turned to pal Gavin to help prepare his troops for this weekend's much-anticipated showdown.

United's players are due to be put through their paces at Gavin's base in Acocks Green on Tuesday.

Byfield explained: "Frankie is a friend of mine and we have played in the same Sunday football team and in charity games together.

"He's offered us the chance to do some circuits with him for a while and we're now taking him up on the offer.

"It's going to be hard work but I think I may have a go and join in with the lads as well."

Byfield is keen to test his side against King's Lynn, adding: "It's a game for everyone to look forward to.

"We'll get to see how far or how close we actually are to them or what we need to change.

"It's going to be tough but we can't wait."

Reds travel to the Southern Premier League table-toppers on the back of last Saturday's home draw with Bishop's Stortford.

They drew 2-2 when twice letting the lead slip at the Trico Stadium despite goals from Dior Angus and Orrin Pendley.

The hosts again had enough chances to take all three points but couldn't convert.

However, Byfield thinks the recent disappointment and focus on missed chances shows just how far his side have come this season.

He said: "We need to start focusing on how well we have done.

"I think now is the time to really consider the positives and not get hung up on the chances we don't put away.

"We have gone from finishing last season just outside the relegation places to being just outside the play-offs.

"On top of that we are playing some really positive football and creating lots of chances in every game.

"We should just be looking at how well we are doing and getting that mindset right. We have now started to take our chances again and have scored six in the last two games, so we don't need to worry about that so much.

"It highlights just how far we have come that we are looking at such fine margins each week and feeling disappointed when we miss a few."

Reds should have new signing Stuart Fleetwood available this Saturday after getting international clearance for his switch from Merthyr.

Meanwhile, hotshot Angus, the league's top scorer this term, continues to attract interest from football league clubs but Byfield is seeing it as a big positive.

"Dior has been fantastic for us this season, is in fine form and it's understandable that he'll attract interest from high-ranked sides.

"We know that a few clubs are looking at him but that highlights the things we are doing right at this club. We'll let Dior know of any interest that comes in and we'll monitor the situation."