Redbridge looking to spring a cup surprise

JOINT Redbridge manager Dave Ross hopes Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Harrow Borough can provide a much- needed lift to improve their poor start to the Ryman One North campaign.

JOINT Redbridge manager Dave Ross hopes Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Harrow Borough can provide a much- needed lift to improve their poor start to the Ryman One North campaign.

Ross and fellow manager Kris Taylor find the Motormen rock bottom of the league without a win to their name, but is confident his side can raise their game against the Ryman Premier outfit Harrow Borough after Tuesday night’s 5-0 loss at Oakside to Needham Market.

Although Ross believed the Suffolk-based club were the better side he felt the final result was a little harsh.

“Needham were a very good side and I am disappointed with the performance,” said Ross


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“But we didn’t get the luck, which you so often do not get when you are down the bottom and fair play to Needham who are the best side we have played this season.

“They had seven or eight chances and managed to put five of them away, but it wasn’t the thrashing that it looks like as we had some half-decent attempts.”

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Saturday’s game against Boro is an even tougher test, with the 12th-placed Ryman Premier side coming to Oakside on the back of a 2-1 loss at league leaders Sutton United on Tuesday.

The former Barking boss feels his side doesn’t need any more incentive than to put a higher-league side out of the competition, with �4,500 in prize money riding on it.

“We will give it 100 per cent and it is up to Harrow to come and take the game to us, we are the underdogs going into the game but if we perform to our best an upset could well be on the cards,” said Ross.

“The team will go into the game confident we can pull out a result if we start getting the luck we deserve.”

If the cup tie is decided in 90 minutes, Redbridge will make the trip to Wingate & Finchley in the league on Tuesday hoping to end their winless run against their ninth-placed opponents, with Ross keen to get their season up and running.

“We have played some of the best teams in East Thurrock, Needham and Sudbury, but that is no excuse and we now have to get start getting our league form right, which is our bread and butter,” he said.

Kris Taylor and Ross were set to run the rule over two or three new additions in last night’s (Thursday) Capital League game at AFC Hornchurch and the former Barking manager admits the squad needs improving.

“It is an area me and Kris are continually looking at and we have no choice but to look at new players after the start we have had,” said the joint manager.

“The only way we are going to change our fortunes is if we start getting the rub of the green on the pitch as well as some new players. The start we have had is poor, but there is plenty of time left in the season to start picking up the results.”

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