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Redbridge boss ‘not counting his chickens’ in relegation finale

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 April 2013

Redbridge captain Lemar Lemonius holds off Aveleys Jordan Cox during their Ryman One North clash on Monday

Redbridge captain Lemar Lemonius holds off Aveleys Jordan Cox during their Ryman One North clash on Monday

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Redbridge joint boss Steve Portway is not counting his chickens just yet as their Ryman Division One North survival battle with local rivals Ilford goes to the final day of the season on Saturday.

The Motormen have a three-point lead over the Foxes going into the weekend, and a vastly superior goal difference of nine over Kevin Lucas’ basement boys.

But Portway has spent too much time in the sport as a player to say his side are survival certainties going into their home game against Sudbury at Oakside on Saturday.

Ilford travel to Tilbury, meanwhile, needing to win and also hope Motormen lose by a significant margin to have any chance of climbing out of last place.

“The job isn’t done for me,” said Portway.

“I always want to win, I wanted that against Aveley on Monday and I want to do the same on Saturday.

“The difference is nine goals. We have to lose by five and they have to win by four and it is a mountain to climb.

“But I have seen a lot of bizarre things happen in football over the years so you can’t rule anything out until it actually happens.

“Anything can happen, but all we have to do is play our normal game like we have been over the last couple of games and we should be okay.

“The young lads we have got have improved over the whole season and they will gain a lot from the experience of this season.”

Both sides celebrated wins last weekend to keep the race alive. See page 54 for all the latest non-league news.


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