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Charge will still be vital for Redbridge despite weekend absences

Daniel Charge in action for Redbridge, flanked by Barkingside's Danny Hayes (left) and Gabriel Onireti. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Daniel Charge in action for Redbridge, flanked by Barkingside's Danny Hayes (left) and Gabriel Onireti. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Friday, February 28, 2014
11:00 AM

Daniel Charge continues to fire in the goals for Redbridge and though the striker may not be available to the Motormen for the remaining weekend fixtures, joint boss Dave Ross feels he still has an important part to play in their end of season run.

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The Oakside outfit are playing catch up on the rest of the Ryman One North with a number of games called off over the recent bad spell of weather, meaning a number of midweek fixtures.

Charge lit up the Oakside derby with a hat-trick in Monday’s 5-3 win over tenants Barkingside, and though unavailable on weekends due to work commitments, Ross feels the 17-goal striker will still be vital to the squad with so many games left to play.

“Daniel is a great goalscorer and he loves it over here,” said Ross.

“We have lost him for Saturday’s which is a massive loss, but he turns out Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and I think that’s his 17th goal for us this season so that shows you what a great player he is.

“There are still quite a few midweek games though so that will still mean he has a big part to play, and we’ll have to rotate the squad anyway.

“We have eight games scheduled in the next 17 days, and no players can play all those games in such a short space of time.”

They start that busy period with a trip to Burnham Ramblers on Saturday, a side who knocked them out of the FA Cup earlier in the season.

On top of that it was a fiery league game between the two which ended 2-2 at Oakside earlier in the season.

Aaron Matthews and Abs Thompson were both sent off in stoppage time after the former’s challenge on Dan Cossington saw the Burnham player require an ambulance to be called.

The game was initially abandoned, before the Ryman League ruled the result should stand.

“Burnham are a good side and they knocked us out of the Cup earlier in the year which was disappointing,” added Ross.

“We had a little bit of a fiery game with them last time so that will be interesting.

“I’ll sit down with Ricky Eaton (joint manager) and decide what team we want, but it’ll be another good game.

“The games will be coming thick and fast, but as long as you can rotate the squad a little bit and keep the boys reasonably fit you can put together a little run.”

After Saturday, the Motormen are then due to face Erith & Belvedere at Oakside on Tuesday night, before travelling to Ware on Thursday.

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