Ilford, Barkingside win; Redbridge rally
PUBLISHED: 08:44 09 October 2016 | UPDATED: 08:44 09 October 2016
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Essex Senior League rivals bounce back
Ilford bounced back from successive Essex Senior League losses to beat high-flying Takeley 2-0 at Cricklefield Stadium.
And Barkingside showed their potential as they won 3-1 at Waltham Forest, while Redbridge rallied from 3-1 down to earn a late point against Eton Manor in a 3-3 draw at Oakside.
Allan Fenn’s Foxes had lost their unbeaten record in a 3-0 loss at Southend Manor a week earlier, then come up short in their derby meeting with Redbridge in midweek.
But first-half goals from Connor Lane and Ryan Ramsey, just three minutes apart, saw the home side take the points as Takeley slipped to third in the table.
Ilford, currently in 13th place but with games in hand on every team above them in the standings, travel to Hullbridge on Tuesday.
Gursel Gulfer’s Barkingside took the lead when a poor clearance was seized upon by Michael Ademiluyi, who curled his shot into the net from just inside the box.
But they were pegged back when Forest’s Brian Moses poked home from one of many set-pieces to level and the scoreline remained unchanged until 19 minutes from time when Jason Fontaine sezied on a through ball to restore Barkingside’s lead.
The visitors sealed the points three minutes from time when Forest conceded a free-kick and Daryl Samuels converted to lift them to seventh place ahead of a trip to FC Romania on Wednesday.
Redbridge entertained Manor in a repeat of an FA Vase clash, which the Motormen had won 5-4 after extra time last month.
And they fell behind on 10 minutes when Josh Sykes put the visitors ahead, with Ben Bradbury making it 2-0 just eight minutes later against his old club.
Stephen Good got one back for Motormen on 33 minutes, but Sykes looked to have secured the points for Manor with a stunning third just past the hour mark.
Redbridge had other ideas, though, and Jay Knight cut the gap to one again with an 81st-minute penalty, then levelled matters four minutes from time to ensure the spoils were shared.
Redbridge turn their attentions to the Essex Senior Cup and the visit of Ryman North outfit Thurrock on Tuesday.
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