Ilford, Redbridge exit cups
PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:44 29 November 2017
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Essex Senior League neighbours Ilford and Redbridge both bowed out of cup competitions on Tuesday night.
Allan Fenn’s Foxes travelled to Sawbridgeworth Town for a Challenge Cup quarter-final tie, but were two goals down inside 20 minutes.
Keke Orth headed the hosts in front at the far post on the quarter-hour mark and doubled their advantage just four minutes later.
Daryl Doolan made it 3-0 with a well-worked goal before the break to leave the visitors with a mountain to climb.
And although they were better in the second half and managed to pull a goal back just past the hour mark thanks to a header, they could not make further inroads as the Robins booked a semi-final spot.
League leaders Redbridge took on Waltham Forest in a Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy tie, that was switched to their Oakside base at late notice.
And they suffered only a second defeat in 17 outings, going down 2-1 against resurgent Forest.
Dan Medina hit a post for Forest and Harrison Tweddell fired a good chance wide before Motormen took the lead on 26 minutes when Brown Bamfpoe fired home from long range.
They went close to conceding when Vinny Murphy sliced a cross against his own post, while Medina fired over for Forest before the interval.
It was all square on 63 minutes, though, as Abiola Tanimowo teed up Joe Creasey for an easy tap-in and Forest grabbed a late winner five minutes from time when Tanimowo beat the offside trap, wrongfooted keeper Jack Francis and slotted home.
Forest will now host Ilford in the last eight, while the Foxes return to league aaction with a home game against Burnham Ramblers on Saturday.