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Redbridge play-off run not out of the question

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

Thursday, January 9, 2014
2:30 PM

»Manchester United boss David Moyes might still believe his team can win the Premier League title – and Redbridge have not ruled out a late run at the Ryman Division One North play-offs!

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That is according to the Motormen’s joint boss Dave Ross, who thinks his side can bridge the 11-point gap to fifth place.

The Oakside outfit are currently sitting in 11th place, cut adrift from fifth-placed Harlow Town with more than half the season gone.

“The play-offs are getting further and further away, but I’m not ruling it out,” said Ross. “The manager of Manchester United will still say they’ve got a chance of winning the Premier League even though it’s unlikely.


“If we get on a run you 
never know. I’m confident we can do that.”

Redbridge were one of the few teams in the league to play last weekend, but after their fixture at Soham Town Rangers passed a late pitch inspection, they succumbed to a 4-1 defeat.

Eljay Worrell scored a late consolation goal for the 
Motormen, slipping the ball under the keeper after being set up by Kurt Smith. But by that stage the visitors were already four goals down.

Strikes just after the half-hour mark from Luke Stanley and Michael Simpson did most of the damage and the Cambridgeshire outfit made the game safe just after the interval with a comical third.

Buster Harradine’s initial corner was cleared by the Motormen, but when it was pumped back into the box, Daniel Smith smacked his clearance into Simpson and the ball trickled over the line past goalkeeper David McCartney.

Substitute Ben Sawyer added some gloss to the scoreline before Worrell’s 

Ross refused to use the conditions as an excuse, but thinks they played their part in the outcome.

“The pitch was so poor and it definitely affected the game,” he added. “That’s not making excuses – it was the same for both sides – they just handled it better than we did.

“The conditions caused three of their goals.”

Another of the promotion hopefuls, Heybridge Swifts, are next on the horizon for Redbridge, with a scheduled trip to Oakside on Saturday.

And Ross admits things will not get any easier for his men, adding: “Heybridge are a team with a lot of quality, but hopefully we’ll come away with three points.

“The postponements have been frustrating because it’s made it impossible to get a rhythm going.”

Erith & Belvedere’s planned visit to Oakside was postponed in midweek, but Motormen are due to play Barkingside in a rearranged local derby on Monday, if the pitch is playable.

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