Barkingside end with win; Redbridge empty-handed
PUBLISHED: 07:55 24 April 2016 | UPDATED: 08:07 24 April 2016
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Ryman North: Barkingside 2 Dereham 1; Waltham Abbey 2 Redbridge 0
Barkingside ended their season with a third successive Ryman North win and wondering what might have been.
But neighbours Redbridge, already guaranteed to finish bottom of the table, fell to defeat at Waltham Abbey, who escaped the drop as a result.
Gursel Gulfer’s Barkingside had already had their relegation confirmed earlier this month, before beating Romford and Bringhtlingsea Regent.
And they made sure they ended the campaign on a high with another success over Norfolk club Dereham, thanks to a 74th-minute winner from Michael Spencer.
The hosts took the lead midway through the first half when Luke With converted from the penalty spot, having hit a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Romford.
But the Magpies were back on terms six minutes before the break as Lewis Butcher found the net and the scoreline remained unchanged until 16 minutes from time when Spencer struck his 11th goal of the season.
*Redbridge travelled to Capershotts with only to pride to play for in their last match of the campaign, having already been condemned to the Essex Senior League in 2016/17.
Hosts Waltham Abbey, on the other hand, were still fighting for their survival in Ryman North as relegation rivals Wroxham travelled to Romford.
Motormen denied the home side throughout a goalless first half, but the deadlock was broken three minutes after the restart as the prolific Christian Assombalonga put Abbey in front.
Redbridge bosses Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton made a double substitution with 16 minutes remaining, sending on Adam Hunt and Jayden Hocking-Rising for Berkcan Belindir and Reside Coxi Sebastfao.
But Abbey doubled their advantage just two minutes later as Assombalonga beat Nicklas Freund for the second time to take his tally for the season to 28.
And when news came through that Wroxham had drawn at Romford, the home side could celebrate staying up by just one point.
Redbridge: Freund, Odutola, Adelekan, Burgess, Parish, Good, Cornelius (Eaton 90), Kabashi, Belindir (Hunt 74), Gent, Coxi Sebastfao (Hocking-Rising 74).
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