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Danny’s double delights Redbridge

Redbridge bosses Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton discuss victory at Dereham with Dan Tomlin (pic: Adam Dennehey) Redbridge bosses Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton discuss victory at Dereham with Dan Tomlin (pic: Adam Dennehey)

Adam Dennehey
Monday, March 17, 2014
2:19 PM

Ryman Div 1N: Dereham 0 Redbridge 2

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A fantastic all-round performance secured Redbridge a fine win over an in-form Dereham side chasing the Ryman One North play-offs at Aldiss Park.

The Motormen were simply superb and thoroughly deserving of the three points, coming out of the blocks well and pressing the hosts from the off.

Ben Bradbury saw an early curling effort saved by Dereham’s keeper Andy Wilton before the powerful Emiel Aiken saw a shot on the turn from 20 yards go narrowly wide of the far post.

Dereham’s first chance of the game fell to tall striker Shaun Bammant, but the poacher could only head over after good work by Ryan Hawkins.

Redbridge took the lead soon after on 18 minutes when good work in midfield saw Bradbury receive the ball out wide.

The winger’s cross into the box was not the best of deliveries but Dereham’s defence failed to read it properly which allowed Danny Francis time to scramble the ball home under Wilton.

It was the former Tilbury striker’s first goal for the club, and an important one too, and the visitors could have doubled their lead on the half-hour mark when good pressing by Francis forced Wilton to lose the ball to Bradbury just inside the box by the byline.

Bradbury held onto the ball well before aiming a delicate lob towards goal, only for his shot to cleared off the line.

Redbridge keeper Dean Driscoll was forced into his first save just before half time when he kept out a Bammant effort, which would have crept just inside the far corner, as the visitors went into the break well worth their lead.

Both sides made changes after the restart with Nicky Howell coming on for Dereham and causing Redbridge problems.

Motormen managers Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton brought on Dan Tomlin, meanwhile, for workhorse Aiken, who had run well and truly run himself into the ground and captain Dan Smith almost grabbed his third goal of the season when he reacted quickest to a Bradbury free-kick.

The left-back’s header was a good one, but struck the inside of the post with the rebound being hacked away to safety.

Redbridge continued to work hard off the ball, making it difficult for Dereham to break them down, and fine defending in his own six-yard box by Stephen Good denied Luke Tuttle a certain goal at the far post.

Bostry Bansende, Liam Thomas and skipper Smith made some great interceptions too and Redbridge looked dangerous on the break, with a fine team move ending with Smith seeing a volley deflected wide.

From the resulting Bradbury corner, a flick-on from a Redbridge head fell perfectly for Francis who lashed home his second goal of the match to all but wrap up the victory with 16 minutes remaining.

Redbridge came under pressure in the closing stages, but worked hard to see the game out and secure only their second away clean sheet of the season, despite Good suffering a head injury in an aerial challenge.

And they will travel to Maldon with confidence for their next test on Tuesday.

Redbridge: Driscoll, Bansende, Smith, Good, Thomas, L Thompson, Bradbury, Carlile, A Thompson, Francis (Cook), Aiken (Tomlin).

*Barkingside had to settle for a point from their home meeting with Needham Market at Oakside.

Matt Frew’s men made a fine start as Steve Carvell put them in front with only two minutes played.

But Ryan Crisp levelled for the Marketmen just before half time and the scoreline remained deadlocked at 1-1.

Side remain one point above the relegation zone and face a crunch clash with fellow strugglers Erith & Belvedere at Oakside tomorrow.

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