Essex Senior League: Dave Ross couldn’t fault effort of Redbridge players during Barking loss

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 October 2016

Redbridge keeper Jake Mernagh punches clear against Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)

Redbridge keeper Jake Mernagh punches clear against Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)


Former Blues boss praised old side, although was frustrated with defending of his team in second half at Oakside

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross couldn’t fault the effort of his players during last night’s 3-1 defeat to Essex Senior League leaders Barking.

David Sangolo put Motormen in front with 53 minutes played, but the Blues hit back with goals from Paul Oshin, John Bricknell and Omari Delgado.

It brought to an end Redbridge’s impressive run in the division which had seen them go unbeaten for six games.

“We did compete, definitely and it wasn’t one-way traffic, but when your goalkeeper is man of the match and you lose it does show you don’t deserve to win,” said Ross.

“Barking are a very strong side and it is no surprise they are top of the league and they are really going for it this year.

“They played very well and even their bench was really strong yesterday. It is never good to lose, but if it is to a team like Barking you can accept it a bit more.

“All the lads put 100 per cent effort in so I can’t fault that. A couple didn’t perform as well as they could, but it wasn’t by much.”

Motormen’s cause wasn’t helped by missing a couple of key players and also giving away sloppy goals.

Oshin’s equaliser 11 minutes after Sangolo’s opener occurred after a poor clearance and the second from Bricknell came about following a similar situation.

Delgado added a third six minutes from time after a breakaway and the Redbridge boss was left slightly frustrated his team couldn’t hold on for longer after taking the lead at Oakside.

Ross added: “We did alright, the players we had missing made it difficult and we had to change our shape.

“Barking are a very strong side as I said before, but we went one up albeit against the run of play.

“After that we gave away some sloppy goals and it was disappointing because we had defended really well before the opener.

“I wasn’t disappointed with the performance, but when you take the lead with 35 minutes to go you want to get something from the game.”

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