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Redbridge boss Ross looks for derby lift

Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO) Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

George Sessions
Monday, February 24, 2014
12:16 PM

Motormen set to visit tenants Barkingside

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Redbridge conceded late at the weekend, but are looking to bounce back tonight as they face tenants Barkingside in a Ryman One North derby at Oakside.

Joint manager Dave Ross insists Motormen have to win and acknowledged they are favourites, but expects a stern test from Matt Frew’s outfit.

If Motormen are to reach the play-offs these are the games they need to win according to Ross, who said: “We are expecting a tough one tonight and you couldn’t get a more local derby could you!

“We won’t be taking anything for granted though and we expect a tough game but we should be winning.

“If we want to keep up our play-off hopes alive – they seem far away now but a lot can change before end of season – these are the games we need to be winning.

“Would we like bragging rights? We certainly would and it is something we should be getting really too.

“It is not guaranteed. No game is ever guaranteed but it is a team lower down the table, albeit a home game for both teams and we need to win it, like the game at weekend was as well.”

Redbridge conceded a late equaliser at the weekend to Cheshunt after Ben Bradbury had put the hosts ahead in the first half.

Fitness played a part according to Ross and he will be making changes tonight to counteract the issue of fatigue, especially with this being Motormen’s second match in three days.

“You can never tell how they will respond to two games in three days,” he added.

“Some of the fitter players might even be feeling it tonight because they are not use to it, and especially after so long off, so we will see. “Hopefully we can get through but we will be bringing a few in to freshen it up.”

Ross may well be hoping to beat lowly Barkingside tonight, but he hopes their Oakside tenants can stay up this season.

He expects an entertaining match and a good crowd, adding: “They are a good side who I hope stay in the division and they are making a great fight for it at the moment.

“We’ll be 100 per cent up for it and I am sure they will be as well and having got a good result at the weekend (a 2-2 draw at Maldon).

“It should be a good game, the weather is nice for it and both teams will be going for the win.”

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