Motormen improving but need reward from Rangers trip

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 February 2016

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross (right) alongside Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross (right) alongside Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Oakside outfit remain in the bottom three despite battling well with the strong sides in recent weeks

Dave Ross believes Redbridge are a better side compared to the one that defeated Soham Town Rangers in October ahead of facing the same opposition this weekend.

Motormen achieved a 3-1 success against the Greens earlier in the season, one of just six victories they have registered in Ryman North this year.

That form has resulted in them sitting in the bottom three and five points off safety prior to visiting Cambridgeshire on Saturday.

While the Oakside outfit have put in good displays against Bury Town, Cray Wanderers and Thamesmead Town over the past 10 days they have failed to pick up any much-needed points.

Ross said: “We are a better team than we were in October, we are competing in every game now and the top sides are only beating us by the odd goal, whereas before, they were mullering us.

“It will be a hard match with Soham and they have most likely changed since our last meeting.

“There is no doubt about it, the game is a must-win and they all are right now for us.

“It doesn’t matter if we’re playing Soham or one of the top sides, they are all matches where we have to try and get the victory.

“A point isn’t good enough anymore for us because time is running out.”

Redbridge’s downfall over the past couple of weeks has been conceding too many goals.

They have won three games in all competitions in 2016, but failed to defend as well as they would have liked in league fixtures.

In the seven matches they have played in the division since the turn of the year, they have let in 24 goals and Ross admits that isn’t good enough.

Motormen’s frustration comes from the fact they have started to score more regularly too.

Charlie Portway and Reside Coxi-Sebastfao were on target against Cray on Saturday, but the south Londoners scored twice in the final 13 minutes to win 4-2.

Thamesmead Town visited on Tuesday and edged a seven-goal thriller, despite Portway’s brace and Jay Knight’s late strike.

Ross added: “We’re conceding on average four goals a game and that is relegation form.

“It is something we need to sort out quickly. There is still a lot of points to play for so we believe we can stay up, but Ricky and I need to get us defending better as a team.

“We lose Charlie Parish for four games after this weekend because of his red card so that is us another man down.

“I think we need to get another couple of transfers in so it could prove to be a busy time for us.”

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