Essex Senior League: Redbridge still upbeat despite derby defeat to Barking says boss Dave Ross

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 October 2016

Redbridge goalkeeper Jake Mernagh comes out to challenge Barking's James Peagram on Tuesday (pic Terry Gilbert)

Redbridge goalkeeper Jake Mernagh comes out to challenge Barking's James Peagram on Tuesday (pic Terry Gilbert)


Motormen visit Stansted this weekend before facing Southend Manor at Oakside next Tuesday hoping to get back on a good run

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross is positive ahead of two potentially tricky Essex Senior League games coming up this week.

The Motormen visit Stansted on Saturday at Hargrave Park, before hosting Southend Manor at Oakside next Tuesday (November 1).

Both opposition clubs have spent the early part of the season in the top eight and Redbridge are ready for a couple of tough games.

“We have two big matches coming up this week and we need to have as strong a squad as possible available,” said Ross.

“Southend Manor beat us at their place 4-2, but they were two goals ahead after 12 minutes and we only turned up 10 minutes before kick-off because of the traffic.

“It is hard to say just how big an effect that had on us, but we’re looking forward to playing them again.”

Redbridge’s six-match unbeaten run in the division was ended on Tuesday by league leaders Barking.

The Blues, managed by former Motormen skipper Glen Golby, won 3-1 at Oakside despite David Sangolo hitting a 53rd minute opener.

Ross added: “We will be up for the Stansted game and Tuesday’s defeat did end our unbeaten run, but we have still only lost once in seven.

“If anything the Barking result has showed the lads they still have more to do and we can get better.”

Even though Ross and fellow boss Ricky Eaton admitted they didn’t deserve to win against the league leaders, they were able to take plenty of positives from the defeat.

Redbridge matched their rivals for long periods and although it finished 3-1 to the visitors, the Oakside club have a good chance to bounce back over the next week.

“The two matches coming up are winnable and Stansted and Southend Manor aren’t in the same league as Barking,” said Ross.

“Both are still decent sides and we know it will be difficult, but we’ve got plenty of belief.”

Motormen’s loss at home to their rivals Barking was their first defeat in the league this month.

Sangolo put Redbridge ahead early in the second half, but the quality of the visitors shone through as they hit back to win 3-1.

Ross and Eaton’s team went into the contest confident having defeated Haringey & Waltham 2-0 at Terence McMillan Stadium on Friday.

It was a frustrating evening for a while as Motormen squandered several excellent chances against the league strugglers and it was goalless at half time.

Jay Knight and Sangolo netted after the break, however, to give Redbridge a sixth win in the division this season and fourth of the month.

Ross added: “It could have been 10-0 on Friday because we missed so many chances. Sometimes when that happens you can end up letting one in at the other end, but luckily we did get the three points.

“We made hard work of it in terms of getting the goals, but it is a positive we’re creating chances.”

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