Essex Senior League: Redbridge boss Dave Ross happy with display against AFC Wimbledon
PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 February 2017
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Joe Gent scored a consolation for the Motormen during their London Senior Cup second round tie
Dave Ross was happy with his Redbridge players after last night’s 4-1 defeat to AFC Wimbledon in the second round of the London Senior Cup.
The League One outfit scored three times in the first half to virtually have the tie wrapped up at the break.
But Joe Gent got the Motormen on the scoresheet after the interval and the Essex Senior League side pushed the south Londoners all the way.
“We were pleased with the performance and AFC Wimbledon brought a very strong side with them,” said Ross.
“It wasn’t their first-team because they were playing Gillingham in League One, but they had a mixture of talented boys.
“We were disappointed with the result of course, but not the application of the boys or the performance.”
Toyosi Olusanya hit a brace for Wimbledon with Alfie Egan and George Oakley also on target for the visitors.
All three have previously played in the Football League to demonstrate the challenge Redbridge faced yesterday.
Ross added: “Wimbledon were very good and they were definitely the best team we have played this season.
“But we did well in the second half and it finished level, so we were very pleased with the boys.
“The only goal Wimbledon got after the break was a penalty as well and if I’m honest we edged the second half.”
A crowd of 66 watched the London Senior Cup tie and it may have been more had the Dons not had a league match.
Wimbledon travelled to Gillingham, although Ross and Ricky Eaton were still happy with the attendance.
The Redbridge managers will be hoping some of the neutrals who popped along will now be tempted to return.
“I was disappointed Wimbledon had a first-team game because that might have got a few more over,” said Ross.
“Ricky and I expected around 60, we hoped it might be closer to a 100, but it is a good effort for a Tuesday night.
“If we had that for every midweek game we would be over the moon, so we couldn’t complain about the attendance.”
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