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Redbridge robbed of victory

Ben Bradbury netted against Cheshunt  (pic; Mick Kearns/TGS) Ben Bradbury netted against Cheshunt (pic; Mick Kearns/TGS)

Oliver Harbord at Oakside
Saturday, February 22, 2014
8:00 PM

Ryman Division 1N: Redbridge 1 Cheshunt 1

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Victory was snatched away from Redbridge as an injury-time goal earnt Cheshunt a Ryman One North point at Oakside.

Ben Bradbury’s first-half strike put the Motormen ahead but Ross Dedman spoiled the party with a last-gasp equaliser.

Redbridge had not played at home since December 3 and were looking to bounce back from four losses on the spin.

Cheshunt had a great early chance as Allen Bossman was released down the left flank and cut the ball back from the byline for Josh Cooper, but the midfielder could only sidefoot his shot over the bar from six yards.

Motormen grabbed the lead in the 24th minute as Bradbury pounced on a horrendous mistake from Cheshunt keeper, Adriano Varnier, who tried to pass the ball out of his box.

Bradbury nicked it away from a visiting defender and slotted the ball neatly into the net.

Dan Smith then made a chance to make it 2-0 by cutting inside from the right, but could only drag his left-footed shot wide of the near post.

Motormen were back on the front foot after the break, with Stephen Good’s long-range volley just going wide of the post.

But Cheshunt had a great chance to level the score two minutes later, when Greg Akpeng brushed off the challenge of David Okpara and cut inside, but could only drag his shot wide of the target.

As the game began to open up, Cheshunt had another good opportunity as Will Holmes’ shot from the edge of the box was well gathered by Dean Driscoll.

But Redbridge substitute Emiel Aiken wasted a fantastic opportunity to put the game beyond doubt when he was put clear through only to scuff his one-on-one chance with Vernier.

Driscoll again managed to stifle a Holmes chance, this time saving with his legs after the Cheshunt midfielder broke through.

And as the Motormen tired in the last 15 minutes they were forced to soak up a great deal of pressure and survived a massive penalty shout as Okpara was adjudged not to have fouled Akpeng with a heavy challenge.

Cheshunt kept pushing for the equaliser and hit the post after a Cooper shot was left by Driscoll, who was relieved to see the visitors fail to convert the rebound.

The pressure finally told, though, as the three points were snatched away from Motormen in added time.

The ball fell to substitute Dedman at the edge of the box and after his first shot was well blocked, he made no mistake with the follow up and buried it into the bottom corner.

Redbridge return to action on Monday with an Oakside derby against lowly tenants Barkingside, who were also denied victory by a late goal.

Matt Frew’s men, having lost their last nine league matches, travelled to Maldon and fell behind on 16 minutes as Spencer Harrison netted for the hosts.

But goals either side of the break from Bobby Port and Chas Liddiard put Barkingside 2-1 ahead.

Port was given his marching orders with 15 minutes remaining, though, and the 10 men could not hold on as Jack Stevenson struck for Maldon with two minutes left to ensure a 2-2 draw.

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