Redbridge boss delighted with progress
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 December 2014
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Joint-manager had weekend win before celebrating cup drama last night
The good times at Oakside keep on coming after Redbridge produced more drama last night to progress into the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup.
The Motormen equalised late on against Ryman Premier opposition Canvey Island, and won 4-2 on penalties to set up a tie with local rivals Hornchurch in the next round.
Joint-boss Dave Ross was thrilled with the win and praised the performance of his Ryman North team.
He said: “I think anyone that watched would have thought it was the other way round and we were the Ryman Premier club.
“We had a few players that were with Canvey in the summer too. Aaron Tatham was and George Winn was at their academy.
“I think Vinny Murphy is another and it was extra special for a few of them. All three had excellent games as well.”
Mark Nougher equalised deep into injury time to take the match into penalties before Redbridge progressed.
Ross and Ricky Eaton had made changes to their team and were extremely pleased to set up a last-eight tie with another Ryman Premier side, Hornchurch.
He added: “The boys were confident before the game and we had to make a few changes.
“We made six and had Gavin Cockman and Jacob Cleaver unavailable because they had played in previous rounds. We rested a few because they had knocks and some others were unavailable.
“But it is good to do well in the Essex Senior Cup and terrific for the club, even if the league remains the priority.
“It is massive to get into the quarter-finals and nice bonus that we are playing Hornchurch because they are a good club.
“We get on well with Jimmy McFarlane so it will be nice to welcome him down and I am sure it will be another entertaining night.”
As Ross mentioned, the entertainment follows Redbridge wherever they go at the moment.
They defeated Dereham Town 2-1 at Oakside on Saturday with Nougher and Murphy on target to secure the win.
However, they needed Mark Parker to make an injury time penalty save to preserve the points.
The victory was their second in a row in the league and lifted them up to 19th, three points off the relegation positions in the Ryman North.
“Anyone that has watched us over the last month would have been tremendously entertained,” added Ross.
“We were three goals down at Cheshunt before we come back and won 5-3, we had the win against Burnham with three goals in the last 10 minutes.
“At the weekend we had the penalty save in the last minute and last night we scored a late goal before winning on penalties against Canvey.
“The Dereham match was a very important win, though, because everyone is winning down the bottom.
“But it is important for us that we keep playing like we have been playing and pick up points.
“We can’t influence other results so we just need to keep winning games and concentrating on ourselves.”
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