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Another midweek abandonment hits Redbridge

Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross  Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Thursday, December 12, 2013
11:30 AM

It was frustration all round for Redbridge as they saw a second successive midweek game abandoned – this time when they were leading at title-chasing Witham Town.

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And joint boss Dave Ross thinks the game could have been finished, with the Motormen 2-1 up with 17 minutes remaining when the referee called the contest to a halt due to fog.

He said: “It’s just ridiculous, the game could have been seen out.

“You could see from one end of the pitch to the other and 10 minutes before it was called off, the fog was worse. We’re just not getting the rub of the green at the moment.”

Redbridge had fallen behind to a James Stevens penalty, but quickly equalised through Patrick Damali.

Top scorer Daniel Charge gave them lead after the break, before the referee made the decision to abandon the game.

Ross said: “Their manager came across to us and said he thought we’d have won the game.

“It would have been a boost because we played really well. They’re a team who are looking to win the league and we were better than them.”

The Witham match, which will be replayed on Tuesday, January 14, followed on from a disappointing 4-1 defeat at Chatham Town on Saturday.

Ade Yusuff gave the Kent outfit the lead, before Charge equalised. It was all one-way traffic from then on, with an Alfie May double and a strike from Bradley Potter securing a comprehensive victory.

Ross slammed Saturday’s performance, saying: “We were poor. We lacked enthusiasm and were flat, but you get games like that every season.”

The joint boss expects a tough game this weekend when they travel to Aveley. One place separates the two sides in the table, but Ross thinks both teams are in false positions.

“I’m expecting a tough game,” he said. “It will be competitive.”

Ross added that he expects the result of last Tuesday’s game against Burnham Ramblers, which was abandoned with 40 seconds of stoppage time remaining, to stand. The scoreline was 2-2 at the time.

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