Essex Senior League: Redbridge manager Dave Ross happy to see Barking flying, but would like to beat them tonight

PUBLISHED: 12:30 25 October 2016

Redbridge manager Dave Ross looks on from the touchline at Oakside (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Redbridge manager Dave Ross looks on from the touchline at Oakside (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Motormen have been in great form in October and not lost in the division, although that record will be tested this evening

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross expects a tough test tonight at home to Essex Senior League leaders Barking.

The Motormen go into the contest at Oakside in fine form after an impressive set of results in October.

Ross and Ricky Eaton’s team defeated Haringey & Waltham 2-0 on Friday night after goals from Aron Gordon and David Sangolo to extend their unbeaten run in the division to six matches.

“It has been an encouraging month for us and the boys have played really well in every game,” said the former Barking boss.

“Other than at FC Romania, who are a very good team, I think we have deserved to win every match in October.

“We know tonight is going to be tough against Barking and we’re not helped by missing a few players as well.”

Although the Motormen will be weaker than usual, they will take on the league leaders full of self belief.

Redbridge have defeated Towers Hamlets, Ilford, Barkingside and Haringey & Waltham this month and claimed draws against Eton Manor and FC Romania.

They also have a very different squad compared to the one which faced Barking on the opening day of the campaign, July 30, and lost 4-0.

“We are going in full of confidence and deserve to because of the good run we have been on,” said Ross.

“The last time we played Barking we had a different squad and only two players are still with us from then.

“You can’t compare or read much into the previous game, but hopefully we can get a positive result.”

If Redbridge do pick up a win it would be only the second time this season Barking have lost in the division.

Former Motormen captain Glen Golby manages the Blues alongside Steve Willis and Ross has praised the pair.

He added: “Barking were my favourites to go up at the start of the season and it is no surprise they are doing well with Glen in charge and Steve as well.

“Glen knows a lot of people and is a great motivator plus isn’t a bad player still so I’m pleased for them.

“If we don’t go up I would like to see them promoted because I know it is a great club from my time there before.

“They have a good set-up and it is a big club as well so good luck to them and I’d ideally like them to finish second behind us.”

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