Five-star Dereham down Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 09:49 06 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:49 06 September 2015
Ryman North: Redbridge 0 Dereham 5
Redbridge succumbed to their sixth defeat in a row in all competitions with a heavy loss against Norfolk’s Dereham Town at Oakside.
Goals from Rhys Logan, Ryan Crisp, Sam Borrer, Lewis Butcher and Lewis Wallace saw the visitors leave with an all-too-easy three points following an under-par performance by Motormen.
Joint bosses Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton have seen their side concede a mammoth 24 goals since their last victory against Brightlingsea Regent in mid-August, but still find themselves in 17th place following a good spurt of early season form.
However, they now go on to face Hornchurch, who defeated them 6-0 on August 25, away from home on Tuesday and must Motormen fix their defensive problems quickly.
A tight opening few minutes saw both sides go close, with Redbridge marginally looking like the most likely to score.
However, this was their brightest spell of the entire match as Dereham began to assert their dominance on the game which paid dividends in the 13th minute as they opened the scoring.
A wonderful lofted ball that evaded the home defence found Logan on the edge of the area and his powerful half volley left Jack Avery grabbing air.
Dereham had the chance to go 2-0 just six minutes later, but completely fluffed the opportunity.
A poor goal kick from Avery gave the visitors a two-on-one with only the goalkeeper to beat, but Crisp was off balance when he struck, allowing Motormen’s number one to collect easily.
But this seemingly bad miss was nothing compared to what followed with just moments to go before half time.
Goalscorer Logan delivered a perfect low cross to Crisp to tap into an empty net from two yards out, but the Dereham striker seemed to have tangled his legs and his attempt had no power whatsoever and could not reach the goal line. A definite contender for miss of the season.
The second half began with Redbridge still without a single shot on target and a tame effort from Joe Gent did not trouble the opposing goalkeeper in the slightest, although it did at least show a glimmer of attacking intent.
Gent had a much better chance to equalise in the 65th minute when he rounded Will Viner in the opposition net, but his effort was blocked off the line well by the Dereham defence, with the home crowd growing increasingly restless.
Dereham put a stop to any gathering momentum soon after by scoring two goals in quick succession.
A long range curling shot from Crisp and a simple finish by Borrer allowed the away side to cruise into a three-goal lead as Redbridge paid the price for defensive complacency.
An anti-climatic last 15 minutes showed the extent of Motormen’s slump as they conceded a further double in injury time.
A strike from Butcher was followed by another from substitute Wallace, a goal which involved Avery making no less than three consecutive saves before eventually being unable to keep out the final effort as the defence were nowhere to be seen.
Redbridge: Avery, Alred, Adelekan, Thomas [c], Ogunleye, Kabashi, Gent, Jones (Knight 56), Drake (Ogboin 66), Murphy, R Winn.
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