Bank Holiday blues for Redbridge
19:24 25 August 2014
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Ryman Div 1N: Redbridge 1 Brentwood 2
It was far from a happy Monday for Redbridge as they lost at home to Brentwood Town on a dreary August Bank Holiday.
First-half strikes from Sherwin Stanley and Robbie Rees were enough to earn the visitors the three points before Daniel Charge grabbed a late consolation for the hosts.
Fans of both clubs must surely have woken up wondering if the game would go ahead with a torrential downpour throughout the day.
They need not have worried, though, as the pitch at Oakside Stadium soaked up the rain well with the ball zipping across the field during the match.
Brentwood set the early tempo and had a great opportunity to take the lead in the second minute only for Callum Webb to slice wide after a deep corner to the back post found him in space.
The visitors went closer three minutes later when Jason Dobbs cut inside from the right to shoot with his left foot from 18 yards that forced a great save from Mark Parker in the Redbridge goal.
After Parker’s save, the ball was recycled quickly and a swift counter attack saw Daniel Chambers find Shane Wallace in the box, whose shot could only find Brentwood ‘keeper Ollie Bowles.
Brentwood took the lead in the seventh minute when striker Stanley beat the offside trap to coolly slot the ball past an onrushing Parker.
It was an early goal that the visitors fully deserved as Redbridge started slowly, with the defence looking particularly vulnerable.
It could have been a bigger lead seven minutes later when Stanley’s left-wing cross narrowly missed the head of Dobbs, who surely would have nodded home for Brentwood.
The near-miss sprung Redbridge into life as they nearly drew level in the 16th minute after great footwork from winger Joe Gent helped him beat two defenders before firing into the arms of Bowles.
With 24 minutes gone, a low cross from AJ Adelkan ran across the box and beat most of the Brentwood backline, including the goalkeeper, but was hooked away by Ryan O’Rowe before any Redbridge player could get a telling touch.
Four minutes remained in the half when Charge shot from 30 yards and almost got lucky as the ball almost squirmed under Bowles’ body.
Just 60 seconds later, though, Redbridge found themselves further behind when their failure to clear a cross from Courtney White was punished by Rees and the half ended with Brentwood in a comfortable 2-0 lead.
It looked like they would pick up where they left off after the break when a thunderous free-kick from Jack Gardener cannoned off the underside of the crossbar in the 48th minute.
Redbridge had a great chance to reduce the deficit with 30 minutes remaining when Bowles punched a Chambers cross straight to Mark Nougher, who would have scored had he not got his feet in a tangle.
Patrick Damali had a great chance to set up a grandstand finish in the 81st minute when the ball fell to him on the edge of the area, but he blazed his shot well over the crossbar.
The Redbridge faithful had something to cheer with virtually the last kick of the match when Charge scored after a goalmouth scramble following a free-kick in the fourth minute of injury time, but it was too little, too late for the hosts.
After a promising pre-season campaign, the latest defeat means Motormen have won only one of their opening six league fixtures.
Even more worryingly, they have now conceded 19 goals in the same six fixtures at an average of over three per game ahead of their FA Cup fixture at home to Sudbury on Saturday.