Motormen have big Boro clash but ‘need’ to focus first

PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 February 2015

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

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

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Redbridge host title hopefuls Needham Market before relegation clash with Romford

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross accepts their Ryman North clash with Romford on Tuesday is a huge match, but wants his team to first focus on facing Needham Market.

Motormen entertain Marketmen, who are second in the table, at Oakside on Saturday, before making the short trip to Ship Lane next week to face Paul Martin’s Boro in a real relegation six-pointer that is vital for both teams.

But Ross claims he is only concentrating on this weekend, saying: “Needham Market is weather permitting, of course. That is going to be a hard game and we have a massive match on Tuesday, which is a really important game for us and Romford.

“I am sure ‘Magic’ will be telling his players it is a cup final on Tuesday, the same as us.

“But let’s worry about Needham Market first before we concentrate on Romford.”

Redbridge only lost 1-0 to Marketmen back in November and Ross believes they can pick something up this weekend at Oakside.

He added: “It is going to be tough and they can’t afford to drop points because of the situation they are in.

“Obviously we need to try and get something from the game. We know it is going to be a hard match, but we will do everything we can to take something positive from the game.”

Motormen lost a six-goal thriller at Thurrock as poor discipline cost them last weekend.

Aaron Tatham, Tyron Thomas and Kacey Adams were all sent off – the latter two for retaliation – and penalties from Patrick Damali and Gavin Cockman didn’t bring any reward as they lost 4-2.

“If we’d kept 11 on the pitch we could’ve taken something from the game,” added Ross.

“Thurrock came in ahead at the break and totally deserved to be winning, but it was a game of two halves.

“They played well in the first half, but we changed a few things around at the break and we were running the game in the second half.

“It is very disappointing to lose. We just need to improve our discipline now.”

Ross also had no complains with any of the red cards, he said: “It seems it is always dramatic and we never fail to entertain.

“It was disappointing to lose three players, but we have not really got any complaints about the sending’s off.

“Two were for retaliation and the lads have got to just try and not retaliate. The third was for a challenge late on, which stopped the lad going through on goal.”

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