Ross laments more semi-final heartbreak for Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 March 2016
Motormen boss disappointed after team lose out at Heybridge
Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross was gutted his team fell at the last hurdle in their quest to reach the Essex Senior Cup final after a 2-0 defeat at fellow Ryman North side Heybridge Swifts.
After a goalless first half, the Motormen were downed by goals from Declan Hunt and Jack Barham inside the final 20 minutes as they missed out on a trip to Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground in the final.
And Ross admits it was a result that was even harder to take because it was not the first time the Oakside Stadium has failed to progress past the last four of a knock-out competition this season.
“It’s doubly disappointing because we went out of the London Senior Cup at the semi-final stage too (Redbridge lost to Hendon),” said Ross.
“It was a good display and the only negative is the result, but I think over the 90 minutes, Heybridge were better side.
“There were not many chances in the first half, but it was played at pace and looked like a real cup game. It was still close in the second half too until they scored.
“They hit us on the break for the first and their second was a long range shot that was deflected and it buried the game, which was disappointing.”
Redbridge were confident heading into the game at Scraley Road having beaten Swifts at home in the league on Saturday.
But Ross admitted that game had little bearing on their cup exit, with both teams making alterations to their squads following the weekend’s match.
“We both had to make changes, which meant we both were both set up differently from the game at the weekend,” added Ross.
“Heybridge also had home advantage and it was always going to be a hard game, but it would have been nice for the lads to have reached a final.”
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