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Redbridge happy to help tenants Barkingisde’s cause

Redbridge joint managers Ricky Eaton and Dave Ross. Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Redbridge joint managers Ricky Eaton and Dave Ross. Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
5:00 PM

Redbridge can do their tenants Barkingside a massive favour on Saturday by beating Side’s relegation-rivals Wroxham on Saturday.

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Barkingside will play their home games at Ilford’s Cricklefield Stadium next season, but the two clubs have shared Oakside since the 2001/02 campaign.

The Motormen’s joint boss Dave Ross is hoping his side can push towards a top-half finish in Ryman One North and said it would be “nice to do Barkingside a favour.”

“We’ll be favourites on Saturday and it would be nice to help Barkingside out,” he said.

“They’ve been brilliant tenants and we’ve had a really good relationship.”

Tuesday’s 2-1 win over basement-boys Waltham Forest pushed Redbridge up to 13th in the table, six points shy of a top half berth with a game in hand on 12th-placed Chatham Town, who won 1-0 at Oakside last Saturday.

Daniel Francis continued his rich vein of form in front of goal against Forest, and after Stephane Koffi equalised from distance Emiel Aiken snaffled the winner for the Motormen.

Ross reckons the Stags’ performance belied their position at the foot of the table, but felt his side were ultimately “comfortable”.

He said: “It wasn’t one of our best performances, but we got the three points which is the most important thing.

“The game was a bit scrappy, but they played some good stuff, they’re better than their position suggests. They’re not a bad side, but we were fairly comfortable in the end.

“The points are all that matter at this stage of the season.”

Tomorrow’s clash with AFC Sudbury marks the start of three home games in five days for the Motormen, ending with a fixture against Harlow Town on Tuesday.

It’s an opportunity to push on for that top-half finish, although Ross admits it will be a tough ask.

“It’s going to be hard to break into the top-half, but not impossible,” he said.

“Three home games is a chance to put some points on the board.

“It’s nice not to be involved in a relegation battle because it means we can rotate the squad, rest some players and keep them fresh.”

Tomorrow’s game is Redbridge’s last Thursday outing of the season after a punishing schedule brought about by the atrocious winter weather.

Ross added: “The players can have next Thursday off! To be fair to them they’ve been brilliant and haven’t complained once.”

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