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Essex Senior League: Dave Ross hoping to see Redbridge keep moving in right direction

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 October 2016

Jay Knight of Redbridge holds off Eton Manor's Kadeen Brightly (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jay Knight of Redbridge holds off Eton Manor's Kadeen Brightly (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Motormen visit FC Romania this weekend before a ‘special’ clash at home to local rivals Barkingside

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross is pleased with how things are going at the Oakside club after an encouraging start to October.

Motormen have played four times this month and picked up two wins and one draw in the Essex Senior League, before losing 2-1 to Ryman North side Thurrock in the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday.

A visit to FC Romania is up next for the Oakside outfit and although it will be a tough encounter, recent victories have boosted the spirits of everybody at the club.

“We’ve got a hard game on Saturday and we know FC Romania have a strong side,” said Ross.

“I think we have a couple missing, but we’ve won a few times recently and our confidence is good.

“Winning does lift everyone and it becomes a habit so we’re looking to keep this little run going.”

If Motormen can earn another success in the division this weekend it will give them great belief going into Tuesday’s derby match.

Barkingside make the trip to their old Oakside home next week and Ross admits it will be another special occasion for both clubs.

Redbridge have already played their local rivals in the league this season and suffered a 1-0 defeat back in August.

Ross concedes the fixture list, which has made several teams play each other twice so early on in the campaign, has been unusual.

He said: “It is strange to be playing Barkingside again and I know quite a few teams have had the same thing as well.

“They will be a strong side and Gursel Gulfer has got a good set-up over there and we will both want to get three points.

“Hopefully we can get the win and it is always a bit special when we play against Barkingside.”

Redbridge have enjoyed an upturn in results this month, although they have been performing consistently well for a few weeks with a 3-1 win at Waltham Forest on September 21 a notable high note this season.

Motormen began October with a 5-2 win over Tower Hamlets, before a fine 3-1 derby success at rivals Ilford.

Ross and Ricky Eaton would have hoped for another three points on Saturday at home to Eton Manor, but fell two goals down.

Steve Good pulled one back before half time, but the visitors made it 3-1 just past the hour mark and looked on course for victory until Jay Knight hit a brace to earn a draw.

“We came back from 3-1 down so that’s good, although it is two points dropped rather than one gained,” said Ross.

“No disrespect to Eton Manor but especially at home, we want to be winning those type of matches.”

Redbridge suffered their first defeat since September 27 on Tuesday night at home to Thurrock.

Joe Gent netted late on for the hosts, but it was a mere consolation as the Ryman North side won 2-1.


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