Boss Ross ‘ageing quickly’ after more Redbridge drama

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 December 2014

Redbridge striker Jacob Cleaver saw a deflected shot hit the crossbar at Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge striker Jacob Cleaver saw a deflected shot hit the crossbar at Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Dereham Town come to Oakside this weekend for another crucial league fixture

After another stunning comeback last weekend, Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross is hoping they achieve back-to-back wins when Dereham Town visit Oakside in the Ryman North on Saturday.

The Motormen came from 3-1 down to secure three points against Burnham Ramblers last time out and want to follow that up with another positive result against the Magpies.

“At the moment Dereham are a little bit up and down away from home,” said Ross.

“Hopefully the journey down from Norfolk tires them out. We are hoping to get something out of the game.

“Hopefully we can do it this time without being 3-1 or 3-0 down because Ricky (Eaton) and I are ageing very quickly.”

The returning Jacob Cleaver put Redbridge ahead at Leslie Fields, but Burnham equalised and Leon Smith then received a red card before half time.

The hosts added two more goals before Motormen finally got into gear as Cleaver added another with 10 minutes remaining.

Mark Nougher made no mistake from the penalty spot before substitute Vinny Murphy smashed in from long range to earn an excellent 4-3 win.

Ross added: “We have got the boys playing for 90 minutes and that is vitally important.

“It’s probably the most important match of the season so far and to not get three points against a team massively struggling would have put us under even more pressure.

“I wouldn’t say it was a great performance, but the last 10 minutes we were excellent. We had that belief and as soon as we got the second it gave the boys energy and Burnham started to panic. A combination of those things got us the win.”

Redbridge also host Ryman Premier outfit Canvey Island on Tuesday in the fourth round of the Essex Senior Cup.

But Ross said: “Our objective is to finish as high as we can in the Ryman North and secure safety.

“As much as I would like to progress as far as I can in the Essex Senior Cup, the league is our priority.”

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