Honours even in ‘169’ derby

PUBLISHED: 15:16 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:16 18 February 2013

Ilford's Jody Banhim impressed against Redbridge (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford's Jody Banhim impressed against Redbridge (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman 1N: Redbridge 1 Ilford 1

Redbridge and Ilford played out a draw in a crucial relegation six-pointer at Oakside Stadium.

The Motormen started well and went ahead on 13 minutes as good pressing from Lee Martin forced Ilford keeper Dan Mbaku into a rash clearance which fell to the feet of Jacob Cleaver who took his time before stroking the ball home.

The hosts should have doubled their lead soon after, but Martin missed a gilt-edged chance from inside the box.

And the Foxes, 2-1 winners when the sides met at Cricklefield last month, levelled the scores on 41 minutes when Daniel Crowie spectacularly volleyed in a shot across the face of goal which Michael Bowdtich was powerless to stop.

The second half saw both teams go close, with Ilford seeing two efforts cleared off the line and Redbridge going close through Antony McDonald and Ryan Reed.

But honours finished even to leave the local rivals still struggling towards the foot of the table.

Ilford sit in the basement on 13 points, just one adrift of Motormen after Ware climbed above them both with a 3-2 win at Chatham.

Neither side are in action in midweek, but Ilford host high-flying Aveley on Saturday as Redbridge make the long trip to Needham Market.

Redbridge: Bowditch, Hayes, Rolls, McDonald, Lemard, Holloway, Ikumelo (C Portway), Monger, Cleaver, Martin (Reed), Porter (Rees).

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