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Redbridge relishing Maldon meeting

Redbridge joint managers Ricky Eaton and Dave Ross are looking to end the season on a high. Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Redbridge joint managers Ricky Eaton and Dave Ross are looking to end the season on a high. Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

George Sessions
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
3:00 PM

Ryman Div 1N Preview: Maldon v Redbridge

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Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross expects an exciting match against Maldon tonight with both sides still harbouring hopes of making the Ryman One North play-offs.

Both teams have slim chances of finishing inside the top five, but Ross believes the two teams will be trying their upmost to earn three points and thinks it is unlikely to finish goalless like their previous clash in October.

Ross said: “They have been inconsistent, but they have a very good squad so it will be a tough game.

“Let’s be honest, we are outsiders. We aren’t silly, but our aim now is to try and finish as high as we can and if that gets us a play-off position then great.

“Maldon will be aiming to do the same, so it should be an entertaining one.

“We’ll be going for the win, as will they. You would have thought there would be goals, unlike before, although our defence was excellent at the weekend. Hopefully we can get three points.”

Redbridge will be without two men tonight, following their 2-0 win at Dereham, as top goalscorer Daniel Charge is out injured, while Kurt Smith has left to join Thurrock.

Ross added: “It is a big blow. Kurt was good for us in the short time he was here so we’re sorry to see him leave, but we wish him all the best.

“Danny Charge pulled his groin as well against Heybridge Swifts last Tuesday so he is out for two weeks. That’s a blow, but like we showed on Saturday we have the squad to cope.”

Redbridge showed their strength at the weekend at Dereham, where Danny Francis scored his first two goals for the club to clinch the points and end a run of three games without a win.

Ross added: “They were good goals. It will give him some confidence because he was prolific at Tilbury but it does take time to settle in.

“We hope that is the first of many goals for him between now and the end of the season.

“It was a really good performance and everyone gave 110 per cent so we were really pleased. It was important because we haven’t been winning many games, so it was good to get three points.

“It was nice to go there as underdogs and perform so well. The boys that came in all performed to show the kind of squad we have.”

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