Jacob not very Cleaver as penalty miss proved costly for Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 16:20 20 November 2012 | UPDATED: 16:21 20 November 2012

Ryman One North: Redbridge 0 Waltham Abbey 1

A first half penalty miss by Jacob Cleaver proved to be costly as Waltham Abbey edged past Redbridge with a 1-0 win on Saturday.

The opening 20 minutes looked to be an even contest with the visitors carving out a few more chances than the Motormen.

The referee awarded Redbridge a penalty in the 36th minute as Joe Bricknell was brought down by Matt Attard.

Striker Jacob Cleaver stepped up but was unable to convert, spurning the spot-kick over the bar.

Abbotts boss Paul Wickenden made a substitution after 44 minutes for the visitors, replacing Tom Laxton with James Peagram.

Within first half injury-time Joe Bricknell pulled up with what looked to be a groin/hamstring injury but after some treatment from the physio was able to continue.

The opening goal came in the 66th minute as Waltham Abbey continued to mount pressure on the Redbridge defence and proved that switching off for just one minute can cost dearly.

Billy Jones worked his way to the by-line on the right and delivered a low driven cross towards the penalty spot.

With the Motormen stretched at the back, Abbey captain Tom Bruno was able to strike at goal and fired the ball low and to the left past goalkeeper Michael Bowditch.

The final 15 minutes saw both sides take a more offensive mentality. Daniel Jones moved to a more central position, taking up the target-man role for the Redbridge attack.

Additionally, the visitors began to commit more men to their attack.

With 10 minutes left on the clock Redbridge were throwing everything at the visitors but just couldn’t get a clear sight at goal.

But it was Abbey who almost assured themselves of victory but Bowditch was equal to Clark Akers.

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