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Friday, February 21, 2014
Redbridge face the tough prospect of fitting in another 22 Ryman One North games between now and the end of April.
Motormen have played just three games this year as the wet weather continues to cause havoc in the non-league game.
And only Witham have played fewer league games than the Oakside outfit, who will now be playing three matches almost every week for the rest of the season.
It’s something joint boss Dave Ross has never had to experience to this degree, but he insists they will keep focused on the job at hand.
“You can take the fixtures being called off for a few weeks, but now it’s been 6-7 and I’ve never experienced it like this in my time in non-league,” said Ross.
“You look at the fixtures and it’s Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday most weeks now and now the challenge is to make sure you have a big enough squad to cope with that.
“We have got a decent sized one so hopefully we’ll be okay on that front, but the youth team we have here is very good.
“If the situation calls for one or two of them to feature then I will have no doubts in chucking them in.
“Players much prefer matches to training anyway so they should relish and enjoy the challenge.”
Midfielder Emiel Aiken picked up a bad shoulder injury against Brentwood back in November, and was ruled out of action for three months.
During that time he would have expected to miss a number of fixtures, but has missed six league games.
“Emiel’s a good player and when he picked up the injury it was a massive blow,” said Ross. “But since then we’ve hardly had a fixture so he hasn’t really missed out at all and now he’s back fit and ready to go.
“That’s probably the only positive you can have over this period as he’s now got the opportunity to play in all these fixtures.”
Redbridge’s last home game at Oakside was back on December 3 – a 2-2 draw with Burnham Ramblers.
And with more rain set to hit the area their clash at Cheshunt on Saturday must be doubtful, before they are due to face tenants Barkingside on Monday.
“If there’s more rain the chances are slim, but we’ll wait and see,” added Ross.
“With a short turnaround it’ll mean Monday is in doubt as well, but hopefully there is an end to the bad weather.