Redbridge back on track ahead of ‘big six-pointer’ with relegation rivals Cray

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 February 2015

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)

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Motormen beat Soham Town Rangers in the week to move out of bottom three

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross has admitted Saturday’s Ryman North clash with Cray Wanderers is huge.

Motormen welcome the Wands to Oakside with both in desperate need of wins in their battle to stay up.

Redbridge are 13 points above Cray and just outside the relegation zone, but Ross insists they must earn another win this weekend.

“It is really close down the bottom and there are a lot of good teams languishing down there like Romford and Cheshunt,” said Ross.

“Barkingside have turned the corner now as well and have three wins and Cray have picked up four points from a possible six.

“That takes them in Saturday’s game and it is massive for us. If we can beat them it will make the gap very difficult for them to overturn.

“But they have a new manager (Tommy Warrilow) and have made a lot of signings, so it will be tough.”

Motormen visit Aveley on Monday and Ross would love a repeat of the previous encounters earlier in the campaign.

Redbridge beat the Millers 2-1 in the Ryman League Cup back in October before recording a victory by the same scoreline in their earlier league clash, also in October.

“We have ridden our luck against Aveley this season,” Ross admitted.

“I think they are a very good side and they are doing well in the league this year. We know it will be tough, but we will go to Mill Field and attack and try to take something from the game.

“There are no easy games in this league whether you are playing against someone at the top or down at the bottom. All the fixtures are important, but there’s obviously more significance when you are playing a team around you in the table like Cray, so it makes that one a six-pointer.”

Redbridge go into Saturday’s clash with confidence high after a 2-0 win against Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday.

Gavin Cockman scored his first goal for the club in the first half at Oakside before Chinedu McKenzie sealed the three points with a strike six minutes from time.

“It was a really important game and Ricky Eaton and I explained that to the players,” added Ross.

“We didn’t go out to get a draw, the game was all about getting three points and we did that.”

The midweek win was all the more important after Motormen had lost late on against Maldon & Tiptree last Saturday.

New signing Kacey Adams and Vinny Murphy were on target at the Wallace Binder Field, but Redbridge fell to a 3-2 defeat and Ross added: “We performed well at Maldon and were unlucky with some decisions going against us.

“But the last two performances have been a big improvement and the Soham win was massive because it takes us out of the bottom three.”

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