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Postponement frustrates Redbridge boss

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
9:00 PM

Redbridge’s postponement against Erith and Belvedere was a source of frustration for joint boss Dave Ross.

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He’d set his players the target of being in the top 10 of Ryman Division One by the turn of the year and saw the game against the relegation-threatened Deres a as winnable one.

The Motormen are 11th in the table, just a point behind Sudbury in 10th.

“It is annoying but you expect it at this time of year especially at Oakside,” said the manager.

“The weather is atrocious at the moment but it was a game we’d have been looking for three points in. Playing teams at the wrong end of the table gives us a chance to get some momentum going.

“It might give us an opportunity to sort some injured players back. That’s the silver lining we have to cling on to.

The Motormen were due to play local rivals Barkingside yesterday (Boxing Day) at Oakside and play Waltham Forest at home on New Year’s Day.

Their game against Needham Market was moved forward to earlier in the season.

Ross said: “It’s frustrating not having a game tomorrow (Saturday). But we’ll get the players in for training and look forward to Waltham Forest. We’ll be raring to go and looking for three points.”

He added he’s happy with how the team have performed so far this season.

Redbridge avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last season.

They’ve already exceeded their 2012/13 points total by seven with 22 games remaining.

Ross said: “I’ve been delighted with how the players have performed this season. I think we’ve been a little unlucky so far this season but hopefully that evens itself out.

“Overall, we’re where we’d have hoped to be.

“We’re not a million miles from the play-off shake-up so if we can have a crack at them that would be great.

“But finishing in the top 10 would be a good achievement. There’s a long way to go and if you can get on a run you never know.”

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