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Abandoned Redbridge game descends into chaos

Ben Bradbury and Daniel Charge celebrate against Romford. Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO Ben Bradbury and Daniel Charge celebrate against Romford. Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO

Thursday, December 5, 2013
11:00 AM

Redbridge’s home game with Burnham Ramblers was abandoned with just 40 seconds of added time remaining due to a serious injury to visiting midfielder Danny Cossington.

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An action-packed evening saw three players sent off in stoppage time after the Motormen had fought back from two goals down at Oakside.

Aaron Matthews’ strong challenge on Cossington earned him a straight red card, while team-mate Abs Thompson and Burnham’s Reece Brandon followed him down the tunnel for fighting.

The referee decided to abandon the game as Cossington’s dislocated knee cap meant he couldn’t be removed from the pitch, but joint Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton was disappointed with how the man in the middle officiated the match.

“The referee and his linesmen made dodgy decisions all night, and it all built up in stoppage time,” said Eaton. “That’s not making an excuse because you don’t want to see that happening, especially not at this level.

“I’m hoping the referee will say he abandoned it because of injury and not the other stuff. It’s frustrating because it’s a game we should have won comfortably if you look at our chances.

“I doubt there will be a replay because it was so close to the end, unless the Ryman League intervene. It was a hard challenge by Aaron Matthews, but it wasn’t intentional.”

Second half goals from Liam Thomas and substitute Kurt Smith on his debut had dragged Redbridge level at 2-2 in the Ryman One North before the ugly scene towards the end.

“It was great to see Kurt come on and score, he’ll be a real asset for us,” said Eaton.

It followed on the back of a 5-2 win over Romford on Saturday. The Motormen took an early lead through Tyron Thomas. Robbie Norris equalised, but goals from Ben Bradbury and Thompson put Redbridge in command by the interval.

Nick Reynolds gave Romford hope, while Thomas was given a straight red card, but a late Daniel Charge double clinched the three points, and they are now 10th following Tuesday’s abandonment.

“The boys put in another great shift at the weekend,” said Eaton.

“And it was fantastic to come back from 2-0 down against Burnham. We showed real character, but you can’t give teams a two-goal start.”

On the visit to Chatham on Saturday, Eaton said: “We’re expecting another tough game. They all are in this division.”

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