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PUBLISHED: 12:01 14 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:01 14 April 2013

Jacob Cleaver of Redbridge

Jacob Cleaver of Redbridge

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Ryman 1N: Redbridge 1 Chatham 3; Wroxham 2 Ilford 0

There was no change at the bottom of the table as neighbours Redbridge and Ilford both fell to defeat yesterday.

Redbridge, having climbed above their rivals with a 3-0 win over Brentwood on Thursday, fell behind after only 12 minutes as Austin Gacharu slotted past Michael Bowditch.

Gacharu sent a looping header over Bowditch to double Chatham’s lead on 24 minutes and went close with two more efforts before Jacob Cleaver hit back for Motormen with his 16th goal of the campaign.

Gacharu completed his hat-trick just before the hour but Redbridge were given a late lifeline when awarded a penalty on 82 minutes.

Cleaver sent his spot-kick over the crossbar, though, and Redbridge were left two points above Ilford with only a few games left in the season.

Ilford returned empty-handed from Wroxham as first-half goals from Josh Carus and Ben Thompson enabled the hosts to complete a double, following their 4-1 success at Redbridge a week earlier.

The Yachtsmen started well and went ahead on seven minutes when Carus beat his marker at the near post to head home Ross Durrant’s corner, giving Foxes keeper Robert Hatton no chance.

Wroxham almost made it 2-0 shortly after but Thompson saw an effort inside the area saved on the line by Hatton.

The hosts doubled their lead on 20 minutes, though, when Durrant was sent clear and, when Hatton parried, Thompson tapped home.

Jamie Spellar headed wide from Daniel Self’s cross with Hatton well beaten and Durrant hit the crossbar with a volley.

Ilford put up a better performance after the break but saw manager Kevin Lucas sent from the dugout for remonstrating with the officials just after the hour mark.

Enis Izokhun’s good cross from the byline narrowly avoided Shamrez Darr at the near post but Carus volleyed a low effort wide at the other end.

Both keepers were forced into making saves late on with Durrant seeing a drive from 20 yards kept out brilliantly by Hatton, while Sope Lawal’s low shot was kept out to deny Ilford a consolation.


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