Motormen face ‘massive’ game

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 December 2014

Redbridge joint managers Ricky Eaton (left) and Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge joint managers Ricky Eaton (left) and Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Redbridge boss Ross ready for Burnham trip

Redbridge joint boss Dave Ross has deemed Saturday’s trip to Burnham Ramblers as the “most important game of the season so far” in Ryman North.

Following their 2-1 league cup exit to Cheshunt in midweek, Ross is keen to rally his players ahead of a crucial six-pointer against fellow strugglers Burnham.

“I’ve already told the lads it’s the most important game of the season so far,” said Ross.

“There’s no comparison between the games – we would like to have won (on Tuesday) but we’d take a loss there and three points on Saturday all day long.”

The Motormen defeated the Ramblers in the league in a 4-3 thriller earlier this season, and Ross expects a similarly competitive affair in the return this weekend with both teams desperate for points.

“It’s a massive game on Saturday, for us and Burnham, we both need three points – a draw isn’t good enough for either side,” he added.

With Redbridge winning just one in the last five, and Burnham taking just a mere point from their last five outings, Ross has done his homework on the side placed bottom to ensure his team goes into the game prepared.

He added: “I watched them against Tilbury – they’re not a bad team, we’re not going to go there and underestimate them.

“We’ll go there as if we were playing Harlow of another top team in the league.”

Heading into the second half of the season, the Motormen have conceded the second most amount of goals in the league.

But Ross feels his side are getting closer, adding: “Defensively we’re not far off it, the ball is just not sticking quite well enough in the midfield, and it puts a lot our defence under a lot of pressure.”

Just three points separate the teams sitting 17th to 22nd, the place Redbridge currently occupy. A win on Saturday would be just the tonic the Motormen require ahead of the festive period to kick-start their campaign.

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