Rampant Redbridge advance in the FA Cup

Redbridge 1 Bury Town 0

Redbridge boss Terry Spillane hailed his players for sticking to their pre-match game plan as they pulled off an FA Cup shock to progress to the third qualifying round.

The Motormen produced their second shock win in the competition after beating Ryman Premier side Bury Town 1-0 at Oakside on Saturday, with Ben Bradbury’s sixth-minute penalty enough to give them the win, after Bury’s Roscoe Hipperson had handled in the area.

Spillane’s side’s latest success followed their 3-0 win in the previous round against another Ryman Premier side, Wingate & Finchley, a result which earned them the division’s Performance-of-the-Month award for August and September.

And their good week continued as they beat Waltham Abbey 3-1 in the league on Tuesday night, with goals from Bradbury, Joe Gardner and Danny Hopkins leaving the boss delighted.

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“The only worry was we would go into the Waltham Abbey game forgetting that this is our bread and butter,” said Spillane.

“But the lads have applied themselves right, and were even disappointed to let in the one goal and that is nice to hear.

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“We rode our luck on Saturday, but we managed to pull the result off. Jody Brown (coach) and I were most pleased that the team stuck to the game plan they were given, and it worked.

“Bury are no mugs. They have kept four clean sheets in recent weeks and went to Hornchurch and won on Tuesday, so they had got back to winning ways straight away and shows what sort of result that is for the club.”

Redbridge are back in FA Trophy action on Saturday against rivals Ilford, before welcoming Potters Bar Town on Tuesday night to Oakside, barring no replay.

“You can’t look too far ahead. We have two games to come before the FA Cup and we must concentrate on them and keep this good form going,” added Spillane.

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