Motormen prepare for ‘massive week’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 April 2013

Jacob Cleaver of Redbridge

Jacob Cleaver of Redbridge

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Redbridge face a massive week in their fight for league survival

Struggling Redbridge face a massive week in their fight for Ryman Division One North survival, with three games in the space of six days.

The Motormen begin their challenge at Cheshunt on Saturday and follow it up with a home game against Wroxham on Tuesday and another Oakside showdown against Brentwood just 48 hours later on Thursday.

But joint manager Steve Portway believes his side’s encouraging performances of late have shown they have enough about them to avoid the drop.

“We have now got to play catch up and playing two and three times a week between now and the end of the season is going to be difficult,” said Portway.

“But if we can get ourselves two or three wins between now and the end of the season we feel it should be okay.”

Motormen’s basement boys picked up a hard-earned point at Brentwood last weekend, with Jacob Cleaver scoring from the penalty spot for his third goal in two games.

But their strong showing against Witham on Easter Monday went unrewarded.

Redbridge were reduced to 10 men by the dismissal of midfielder Stephen Ikumelo just past the hour and Sam Taylor netted the only goal on 79 minutes.

Witham’s Paul King was also given his marching orders and Portway added: “It was a good point against Brentwood and I felt we deserved it with our performance.

“We are improving and at this time of the season that is vital. The boys are putting in a more consistent performance and things are now looking a lot better.”

On the game against Witham, which saw the key trio of Cleaver, Gary Skeritt and Sam Holloway missing, Portway added: “It was a very tight game and it could have gone either way. I had no qualms with the sending off as Stephen retaliated and you can’t do that.

“But we were without three of our main players and Monday proved those that came in can do a job.”

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