Redbridge boss relieved there won’t be a backlog

PUBLISHED: 17:30 17 February 2015

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross (L) and Ricky Eaton. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross (L) and Ricky Eaton. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Oakside boss discusses postponements and praises Ryman league for scheduling midweek games earlier this season

Local clubs have been hit by more postponements due to waterlogged pitchesLocal clubs have been hit by more postponements due to waterlogged pitches

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross has been frustrated, like many other managers across England, with the weather this week after seeing two Ryman North matches postponed.

Motormen were set to host Cray Wanderers on Saturday in a critical match at the foot of the league table before visiting Aveley yesterday evening.

Both fixtures fell foul to the bad weather, but Ross is pleased that his team aren’t contemplating a fixture pile-up like they have come accustom to over previous campaigns.

“Luckily enough there isn’t going to be a backlog of matches like normal because we have played a lot so we won’t have any three games in a week,” he said.

“The league did the obvious thing by getting the games in early so when we had a bad patch of weather, like we always do, we are not all getting frustrated thinking about having to play Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday later in the season.”

Saturday’s postponement was because the Oakside pitch wasn’t in a fit state, but it was before the downpour late on Friday.

Ross added: “Our pitch was playable on Friday daytime, but with the rain that came in the evening there was never a chance.

“We had an inspection on Saturday, but we knew it would be off. It is frustration, especially after two good performances at Maldon & Tiptree and Soham Town Rangers.

“We had someone come over at 11 on Saturday and they said it wasn’t going to dry out, but we knew that anyway.

“With Aveley yesterday we spoke to them in the morning and they said the pitch was playable but rain was coming.

“They called it off early and rightly so because it was chucking it down at 4 and was only going to get worst as well.”

The two postponements leave Redbridge 20th in the table and three points clear of the bottom three.

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