Redbridge boss happy to go into FA Cup clash as underdogs

Redbridge boss Terry Spillane admits his men are underdogs when they face Bury Town in the FA Cup on Saturday – and insists that’s just the way he likes it.

The Motormen entertain the Ryman Premier outfit at Oakside Stadium in their second qualifying round clash.

And their manager is happy to take on a side one division higher than his own team.

“The game is as difficult as they come,” said Spillane.

“But I’d much rather play Bury Town than somebody like Cockfosters – who we played in the preliminary round – and be considered the underdogs.

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“I think that can only work to our advantage.

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“We’re not going to win the competition, so it’s all about enjoying ourselves.

“The FA Cup is as good as it gets for a club like us and it’s something that generates excitement,” he added.

Not to mention vital revenue – a point not lost on Spillane.

The winners of Saturday’s big game pick up �4,500 and it’s cash the manager wants to see banked in the Redbridge account.

“The money is extremely important and eases some of the financial pressure,” said Spillane.

“All non-league clubs will say the same.”

Bury Town are in form after winning their last four games, while Redbridge saw their five-match unbeaten run ended by Grays on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be tough, but we all know that current form goes out the window when it comes to the cup,” said the manager.

“We’ve had Bury Town watched and know quite a lot about them, but it depends on how we perform on the day.”


The Motormen, having won 3-0 at Heybridge Swifts last weekend courtesy of goals from Ben Bradbury, Dan Trenkel and Ryan Murray, were beaten 3-2 at home by table-toppers Grays.

Nathan Gordon and Murray were both on target as Redbridge hit back after Jaoa Carlos and Joe Sweeney had put Grays two goals up.

But the visitors claimed maximum points when Louis Dennis grabbed the all-important goal.

“It was the first time I’ve had opposing fans telling me how well my side have played, which I thought was really nice,” said Spillane afterwards.

“I thought that we played really well, but just came up a bit short.”

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