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Redbridge boss praises players

PUBLISHED: 12:16 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:16 28 January 2013

Redbridge boss Steve Portway

Redbridge boss Steve Portway

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Manager delighted with effort at Maldon

Redbridge boss Steve Portway hailed his side’s spirit after their 2-2 draw at Ryman One North leaders Maldon on Saturday.

Young striker Jacob Cleaver netted twice in the last 13 minutes to earn Motormen an unexpected point, in one of only three matches to go ahead in the division on the day.

And Portway said: “No doubt it’s our best result of the season.

“I had a little twinkle in my eye as I thought this is the best squad we’ve had so far.

“We’ve moved people about but all of them gave their all and that’s all we can ask for.

“We’re getting better. We lost the last couple 1-0, which we didn’t really deserve.”

Motormen had slumped to an 11-0 defeat at nearby Heybridge a few weeks earlier, before being edged out by Waltham Forest and Harlow in their most recent outings.

They looked set for another defeat when Lee Boylan’s header was adjudged to have crossed the line and James Robinson put Maldon 2-0 up.

But Portway’s men fought back and the boss believes his squad are showing potential.

He added: “We’ve had some shocking luck and we did again with their first goal. People have said it wasn’t in.

“But we didn’t stop and I’m more than pleased.

“We’ve got five 19-year-olds and a 16-year-old and we’re looking to the future.

“When we’ve lost games, people have been saying ‘you’ll have a good side in the future’.”

Redbridge are due to visit local rivals Ilford on Wednesday.


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