Portway pleased with finish

PUBLISHED: 15:59 30 April 2013

Redbridge manager Steve Portway (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge manager Steve Portway (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Redbridge boss glad to survive

Redbridge joint boss Steve Portway was delighted with his team after they ended the season with a vital home win.

The Motormen sealed their Ryman Division One North status for another season after defeating Sudbury 1-0 on Saturday.

The 20th-place finish, six points ahead of bottom club Ilford and one ahead of Harlow, pleased Portway, who admitted relegation would have been shocking for the club.

“Yeah we was (delighted),” Portway said. “As a club it would have been shocking.

“We’ve worked hard for it, especially with what we have been through.

“Our target has always been to finish above Harlow.

“We didn’t want to look down, so always focused up.”

Nana Asamoah scored the only goal of the game with a controlled finish in the 66th minute.

Portway revealed why the 19-year-old wasn’t involved between December and April, but was pleased the forward silenced him.

“He came in at the start of the season but the commitment side wasn’t for him,” he added.

“He’s come back in recently and been really good. I was actually moaning at him a minute before he scored saying ‘you need to work harder’ and then he scored.

“I said to him that is the best way to shut people up.”

Despite the victory only being by a one-goal margin, Portway felt it could have been a lot more, adding: “We could have had five or six goals.

“No one would have argued if we did. Defensively we have been great in last six weeks and attacking we are always creating chances, so it is good.”

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