Redbridge boss is ready for crunch week

Jody Brown targets six points from games against Romford and Ilford.

AFTER picking up a hard-fought Ryman One North point against Harlow Town on Tuesday night, Redbridge boss Jody Brown believes it has shown just how much his side have improved in recent weeks.

The Motormen took a seventh-minute lead at Barrows Farm through defender Sean Crossley, before Harlow levelled with 64 minutes on the clock from a Danny Brown penalty.

And with Tom Stephen sent off for conceding the spot kick, the Oakside outfit had to withstand large amounts of pressure in order to pick up a draw.

“It was a very good point,” said Brown.

“The first half was good and with Tom Stephen off the last 35 minutes or so we had to hold on against opposition which have a lot of investment and a new manager.

“They even had three subs which came on, and I’d be happy to have any one of them.

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“We could have kept the ball better as a lot of the time it was coming straight back at our defence.

“Over the last few weeks I have seen an improvement and that point has shown that.

“When you are down the bottom every point is valuable and against an impressive side I’ll take that, not many sides will get that against Harlow.”

Brown will now prepare his charges for a tough game against a Romford side placed seventh in the league, before hosting a crunch game with rivals Ilford on Tuesday night.

He’ll be hoping to fare better against Paul Martin’s Boro after a 3-0 loss in the reverse fixture and admits Tuesday’s game is crucial.

“We only played Romford a few weeks back, so we have a good idea of how to approach that game,” said the boss.

“We won’t lie back and it is up to us to try and take something from the game.

“But the Ilford one is an absolutely crucial one with both sides in the position they are. With it being a derby game it gives it that bit of spice and people from both teams will feel they can beat the other.

“It’ll probably make it a scrappy game, but it is a vitally important.”

? AT the game against Ilford on Tuesday, Redbridge will welcome a group from ‘Uniting Friends’, a charity which works with adults with learning disabilities as part of the work the club do within the local community.

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