Essex Senior League: Redbridge manager Dave Ross urges squad to turn Oakside Stadium into a fortress ahead of hosting London Bari

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 November 2016

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 8450 946026

Motormen boss wants to make home ground a tough place for visiting sides

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross has called on the side to continue their recent good home form when they host London Bari at Oakside Stadium in the Essex Senior League this weekend.

The Motormen have lost just once in their last five league games at home this season, winning three of those matches.

And with Bari the next visitors this weekend, Ross is aware it is a good opportunity for Redbridge to continue to demonstrate that Oakside is becoming a fortress

“Our home results have been positive, but I have always been of the opinion that teams should do better at home than they do away,” said Ross.

“Playing Bari is another opportunity for us to get another win at home, but it is also going to be a massive game for both sides.”

Saturday’s match will also be another local derby for the Motormen, with Bari based just six miles away at the Old Spotted Dog ground.

But Ross is aware that he cannot allow Redbridge to get too focussed on that aspect of the game if they are to gain another vital victory in the league.

“Like any derby, it’s a match that I am looking forward to, but we have to be at our best if we want to win,” he added.

“There have been lots of surprising results in the league so far this season, so we have to be on our game against Bari.”

The Motormen blew a two-goal lead against Burnham Ramblers on Saturday, after Reside Coxi-Sebastfao and Terrell Miller put them in control.

n Redbridge were due to visit Waltham Forest in league last night (Wednesday).

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder