Motormen on the road but confident of keeping form

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 December 2014

Chinedu McKenzie celebrates scoring the winning penalty for Redbridge against Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Chinedu McKenzie celebrates scoring the winning penalty for Redbridge against Canvey (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Brightlingsea welcome Oakside outfit to North Road

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)

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross has told his side to concentrate on their results as they look to move further away from the relegation places in Ryman North.

The Motormen have become the entertainers in recent weeks with thrilling victories against Cheshunt and Burnham.

Mark Parker of Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Mark Parker of Redbridge (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

They have had drama over the last week too, but kept their momentum and are 19th ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brightlingsea Regent.

“It is tremendously tight down the bottom,” said Ross.

“I have said we have got to keep on getting results because we can’t influence other teams around us.

“We need to go out and keep picking up three points.

“If we continue to do that we will move further away from the relegation zone, but there is a long way to go.”

Redbridge’s trip to Brightlingsea is a long one, but they will go there in great spirits.

“We are both in good form and I have had some good reports about them,” Ross added.

“I’m looking forward to going there and playing Brightlingsea, especially with us in good form.”

An injury-time penalty save from Mark Parker ensured the Motormen secured back-to-back league wins with a 2-1 success against Dereham Town.

Mark Nougher and Vinny Murphy had cancelled out Ryan Crisp’s opener, before the late Oakside drama.

Ross said: “It was a tremendous penalty save and we thoroughly deserved the win so when they got the penalty in the 90th minute our hearts sank.

“We thought we’d thrown it away, but it was a great save and good follow-up clearance by Aaron Scott.”

Redbridge backed up that win with an Essex Senior Cup shock on Tuesday as they knocked out Ryman Premier side Canvey Island 4-2 on penalties at Oakside.

Nougher’s injury-time goal ensured it finished 1-1 and went to a shoot-out, before Ross and Ricky Eaton’s side progressed to set up a home quarter-final tie with rivals Hornchurch.

“It is massive to get into the quarter-finals,” added Ross.

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