Essex Senior League: Brian Moses hits four as Redbridge beat Wadham Lodge; Ilford go down at West Essex
PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:07 28 February 2017
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Essex Senior League: Redbridge 4 Wadham Lodge 0; West Essex 2 Ilford 1
Brian Moses was the start of the show as he scored all the goals for Redbridge in a 4-0 success at home to Wadham Lodge in the Essex Senior League.
The Motormen came into the match having had a mixed bag of results with two losses, a win and a draw from their last 4 league games.
The Black and White Army, on the other hand, came marching into Oakside having gone six league games unbeaten.
In the early stages, Lodge started positively and looked more dangerous going forward.
In the sixth minute Wadham’s Musa Mannah cut inside onto his left foot and unleashed a well struck 20-yard curler that flew just over the bar.
Lodge threatened to draw first blood and were not far away from breaking the deadlock four minutes later.
A good cross field pass from the lively Mannah on the right found its way to Vladut Gabriel-Sighiartau whose lay off into the box was poked just over the bar by Glody Nsamy.
Redbridge, having been slow out of the blocks, finally burst into life in the 12th minute.
Bryan Kyungu’s looping deflected cross from the left of the 18 yard box nearly in crept in under the bar at the far post.
Only a heroic one-handed save by Wadham keeper Lewis Green, who flapped the ball away for a corner, kept the scores level.
The home side began to exert more pressure and five minutes later Striker Jacob Dingli found himself in a good position after a cross into the box.
His attempted shot was blocked by Lodgebodies after taking too long to pull the trigger.
Having soaked up a short spell of pressure, Wadham hit Redbridge on the counter attack in the 20th minute.
After a pass to Larry Asare on the left flank, the winger made a good run and cut inside to shoot in the box but his effort lacked power and was easily saved by Redbridge keeper David McCartney.
The visitors came agonizingly close in the 34th minute when Andrea Mantovani’s low left-footed shot just inside the box whisked a few yards wide of the post.
But it was the Motormen who went ahead seconds later when, after a positive run on the left, Samuel Phillips delivered a dangerous low cross into the box.
Dingli was first to it, but his shot was desperately parried away by the diving Lodge keeper.
However, he could only parry the ball into the path of Moses, who was on hand to slam the ball high into the net to give the hosts the lead.
The Black and White Army were down, but far from out and created two goal scoring opportunities within five minutes as they sought to get back into the match.
After being awarded a free-kick 45 yards out in the 41st minute, Mantovani whipped an excellent delivery into the box which evaded everyone and flashed past the post.
Soon after, Wadham fashioned another chance as Mantovani, evidently one of the visitors’ most potent threats, threaded a well-weighted pass to put Asare through.
His low shot lacked power and was easily smothered by the onrushing McCartney who got down low to make a fairly simple stop.
Redbridge started the second half brightly and had a golden chance to extend their lead in the 47th minute when the ball fell to Kyungu.
With only the keeper to beat, Kyungu failed to keep his composure and lashed his shot wildly over the bar.
But delay was not denial and Redbridge were awarded a free kick some distance away from goal in the 52nd minute.
After Phillips’ lofted delivery into the box, Moses managed to get the faintest of touches to put the ball into the Lodge net for his second of the match.
The Motormen were now firmly in the driving seat and asserting more control and dominance in this game.
Dingli almost made it 3-0 in the 63rd minute, but saw his well struck volley cleared off the line by one of Wadham’s defenders.
Four minutes later, Mantovani wasted a good opportunity to test McCartney in the Redbridge goal from a 25 yard free kick as he blazed his effort well over the bar.
The Motormen’s towering striker Moses extended their lead and completed his hat trick in with 14 minutes to go.
Moses linked up with substitute Adam Hunt whose first touch was a neat return ball back to the forward, who coolly slotted the ball home inside the area.
That goal was pretty much the final nail in the coffin for Wadham and all but ensured that Redbridge would claim all three points
There was still time for Redbridge to inflict further misery upon the visitors a minute from full-time.
After an attack from Lodge broke down, the hosts countered quickly with Hunt spraying a neatly lofted pass to fellow substitute Reside Coxi-Sebastfao.
He in turnplayed a well weighted pass across to the impressive Moses who made no mistake in applying the finishing touches to cap off a great team move.
He claimed his and Redbridge’s fourth of the match, which rounded off a well deserved victory for the hosts as they simply outclassed and outperformed the visitors.
Redbridge: McCartney, Roult, Carter, Odutola, Alexandrou, Kyungu, Gent, Kettle, Dingli, Moses, Phillips
Subs: Bell, Hunt, Coxi-Sebastfao, Cornelius
Divisional rivals Ilford suffered a surprise loss as they went down 2-1 away to West Essex.
The Foxes fell behind in the 21st minute when Cameron Gray found the net for West Essex.
It went from bad to worse for Allan Fenn’s men less than a minute into the second half when Nick Walk doubled the hosts’ lead.
The Cricklefield club did pull a goal back through Issac Nkosi in the 86th minute, but were unable to find an equaliser in the time that remained.
Ilford will be desperate for an improved next Saturday when they entertain title hopefuls Southend Manor.
Ilford: Clark, Valionis, Lockwood, Matthews, Lane, Adeyemi, Thomas, Nkosi, Mullings, Nelson, Mtyanda
Subs: Killingback, Atutis, Oultade, West, McLeavy
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