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Fitness the key as Redbridge thrashed

Redbridge took on Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday night. Pic by Martin Addison Redbridge took on Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday night. Pic by Martin Addison

Thursday, January 30, 2014
9:00 AM

Redbridge’s first game in almost a month ended in a 5-1 defeat at Wingate & Finchley in the London Senior Cup.

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Despite the result, joint manager Dave Ross does not think it was a futile exercise, as his players gained useful game time after a long weather-induced absence.

He said: “It didn’t look like a 5-1 game.

“We started off ok but the lack of fitness told.

“But we used it to look at players and try out a new system – we went to three at the back for the last 15 minutes – so it’s not like we got nothing out of the game.

“We were still in it until the fourth goal went in and it was good for the players to get 90 minutes under their belt.”

Jack Carlile had equalised for Redbridge but the visitors found themselves 3-1 down at half-time.

Two late goals put some gloss on the scoreline and the Motormen are due to have two games in the next week in Ryman One North - AFC Sudbury at Oakside on Saturday before travelling to Witham Town on Tuesday.

But Ross is doubtful whether either game will go ahead, and thinks the league could have a problem on their hands if the bad weather continues.

“Sudbury will be doubtful on our pitch if this weather continues, which it looks like it will,” he said. “And Witham don’t have the best pitch either.

“It hasn’t stopped raining in who knows how long and the key is to keep the lads fit and keep their motivation up.

“I think it’s going to be impossible to get all the games on. The league is going to be in trouble because teams are going to end up playing at least three games a week.”

Ross was glad to get a game on in North London on Tuesday despite the heavy defeat.

It’s something he would rather happened in a cup competition than the league, which remains the Motormen’s priority.

He said: “We were lucky to get the game on.

“I wouldn’t want a defeat like that in the league, which is the bread and butter.

“We want to finish as high as possible and hopefully we’ll get some games on soon.”

Redbridge are 12th in the table but have multiple games in hands over a lot of the teams above.

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