March 11 2014 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Captain Daniel Smith’s red card and a late missed penalty capped a miserable evening for Redbridge as they lost 2-0 at Witham in midweek.
To add insult to injury, it was a rearranged game after the original clash had been abandoned in December with 17 minutes remaining due to fog, with the Motormen 2-1 up.
They have not picked up a Ryman One North point since December 14 due to a lengthy list of postponements, but joint boss Ricky Eaton thinks his team gave a good account of themselves against fourth-placed Witham.
He said: “We started well, but they cut us open and scored a goal which was probably offside.
“We were getting in great areas, but were not creating enough chances, and they were clinical.
“Daniel Smith’s red card was a silly challenge, it was late. In other games it might have been a yellow card, but the referee has decided to send him off.”
Witham’s disputed opener came after only five minutes as Kris Newby converted Tom Wraight’s cross.
The home side doubled their lead through Lee Townrow just after the half-hour mark.
Redbridge tried in vain to get back in the game, but Smith was dismissed with 15 minutes left for a challenge on Danny Emmanuel.
Liam Thomas saw his late spot-kick saved by Witham keeper Martyn Guest as the Motormen saw hopes of a consolation thwarted.
It was only their third game since December 17, which Eaton says is making it difficult for his players to get any momentum going.
“It’s hard to switch it on when you haven’t played much football,” he added.
“In the second half we were much better and restricted their chances., but if you don’t take your opportunities it’s always going to be tough.”
Bottom of the table Ware are Redbridge’s next opponents at the weekend.
But despite their lowly position, Eaton says he is expecting a tough game in Hertfordshire.
He added: “I’ve heard they have had a big turnaround in terms of players and management. They won 2-0 on Tuesday so it looks like they’re improving.”
The Oakside outfit’s overall aim this season is stability following last season’s brush with relegation.
Redbridge currently lie 13th in the table and Eaton added: “I want us to finish as high as possible. I’ve set my sights on the top half.”