Lacklustre Redbridge drop into relegation zone
PUBLISHED: 08:40 12 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:40 12 April 2015
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Ryman North: Redbridge 1 Great Wakering 3
Relegation remains a real possibility for Redbridge after defeat to Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday.
The Motormen got off to the worst start possible when a late challenge from Tyron Thomas after just four minutes resulted in a penalty being awarded to Rovers. Captain Lewis Sparrow saw his effort excellently saved by Redbridge goalkeeper Mark Parker, but he could only push the ball back out to Sparrow who tucked away the rebound.
The home side dominated the rest of what was a scrappy first half, but simply could not put away their chances.
The highlight was a great interchange of play between Vinny Murphy, Abs Thompson and George Winn down the left flank.
Thompson’s ball down the line released Winn and he whipped in a dangerous ball which eventually found its way to Gavin Cockman, who took a touch and got his shot away but saw it deflected over the bar.
Redbridge continued to push for an equaliser and an excellent ball from Murphy found its way to Chinedu McKenzie who took a touch and bent his shot goalwards, only to find the keeper’s gloves.
Both Thompson and McKenzie caused problems for the Rovers’ defence with their pressing and work-rate, but they were left frustrated by the lack of opportunities.
Rovers almost doubled their lead when a long distance shot by Jay Nash was misjudged by Parker, with the Redbridge keeper relieved to see the ball go behind for a corner.
The visitors continued to cause problems and almost scored again when an Ellis Sands cross made its way to the back post where it was put wide by Stuart Hepburn.
Motormen knew they needed a quick start after the interval and whatever was said at half-time seemed to work as a pin-point Thompson cross found the head of Cockman who guided the ball past Adam Seal to level.
Resurgent Redbridge kept pressing and McKenzie went close twice, but all the hard work to get back into the game was undone when the ball was fed to Dan Trenkel on the edge of the penalty area and the imposing frontman took a touch and then placed his shot to Parker’s left.
Rovers almost scored again straightaway, but a fantastic double save from Parker kept Redbridge in the game.
As Motormen pushed to get another equaliser the game became much more open.
First a long-range free-kick by Murphy almost caught the Rovers keeper out, then a cross by Rovers’ Nash was wasted by substitute Tom Strickland.
Kacey Adams and Liam Thomas both had attempts saved, but with the gaps in the Redbridge defence more apparent than ever, it was only a matter of time before Rovers scored another and secured the three points.
Top scorer Nash showed nimble feet and great close control before firing an unstoppable left-footed shot past Parker and Redbridge’s disappointment was clear for all to see when the final whistle was blown.
Romford’s come-from-behind win over Thamesmead lifted them above Motormen on goal difference, with only two games remaining.
Redbridge: Parker, Bansende (Tatham 18), G Winn, L Thomas (Gent 85), T Thomas, Scott, Adams, Murphy (Nougher 75), Thompson, McKenzie, Cockman.
Unused subs: Parish, R Winn.
Great Wakering Rovers: Seal, Pugsley, Worrell, Sands, Sparrow, Skelton, Radley (Slater 80), Hepburn, Trenkel (Strickland 62), Nash, Bradley.
Unused subs: Kent, Skeels, Clarke.
Referee: K May.