Redbridge face hard start to the new year

PUBLISHED: 12:30 31 December 2014

Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Three tough fixtures coming up for the Motormen

Chinedu McKenzie celebrates scoring the winning penalty for Redbridge against Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Chinedu McKenzie celebrates scoring the winning penalty for Redbridge against Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross is expecting some extremely tough tests in the opening week of 2015, but is confident his side can defeat anybody on their day.

The Motormen are three points above the Ryman North drop zone going into matches against Brentwood Town, Soham Town Rangers and Heybridge Swifts.

Mark Nougher netted a late equaliser for Redbridge against Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Mark Nougher netted a late equaliser for Redbridge against Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Although Ross admits he may have to make changes to his side because they play three matches in the space of six days, performances will dictate his selection.

Ahead of their trip to Brentwood tomorrow (Thursday), he hopes they can achieve a positive result.

“We can only take it one game at a time in terms of selection,” said Ross.

“If we get three points against Brentwood, and play well, we will probably keep the same team for Saturday against Soham Town at Oakside.

“But if we lose, get a few injuries, then we will have to change it around so we will have to take it game by game.

“We know it will be tough against Brentwood and anything we get will be a bonus.

“But we can get a result against them, it all depends on what team turns up on the day because we were awful against Brightlingsea on December 20, but great against Canvey Island on December 16.”

Redbridge have a tough encounter after their fixture at Brentwood as they host in-form Soham on Saturday at Oakside.

They also welcome Heybridge next Tuesday, and with the Swifts sitting just three points ahead of the Motormen that is another big match for Ross and his team.

“Soham are playing very well at the moment,” he added.

“We are underdogs in both matches against Soham and Brentwood, but we would like to get points from both.

“Heybridge is a six-pointer for us, without a doubt that is massive.

“They have a new management team with Cliff Akurang and Omer Riza and have turned the corner so that will be tough.

“But they are all tough games in this league and you can get points off teams from the top to bottom,” added Ross, who was frustrated with the weather last weekend as their scheduled derby fixture with Barkingside on December 27 had to be called off.

He added: “We tried our hardest to get the game on. The pitch was fantastic on Friday and then we had the rain all Friday night into Saturday morning.

“It was really disappointing and I am sure it was the same for Barkingside, we all wanted it on.”

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