Redbridge boss Terry Spillans want to keep underdog tag for Ryman One North play-off push

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 February 2012

Terry Spillain

Terry Spillain


Redbridge boss Terry Spillane keento prove critics wrong once again

Redbridge boss Terry Spillane is keen for his side to use their underdog tag to their advantage as they continue their search for the Ryman One North play-offs.

The Motormen have been used to the underdog title throughout the season, which had worked wonders in their FA Cup run which took them to the second round proper of the competition.

And now, with many writing off their chances of making the top five, Spillane feels it is time for his squad to prove the critics wrong once again.

“We have been underdogs all season, in whatever competition we have been in,” said Spillane.


“We have been given that tag and it is now up to us to go out and do our very best to prove people wrong.”

Redbridge suffered a disappointing 3-1defeat at the weekend against Maldon & Tiptree and their second-half performance was described by boss Spillane as their ‘worst of the season’.

But Redbridge rekindled their hopes with a 2-1 win over fellow play-off rivals Harlow on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Vinnie Durrant and Lewis Dark.

Spillane made six changes from the Maldon defeat, and felt that’s what his side may have needed.

“I can’t for the life of me get my head around our second- half performance against Maldon,” he said. “It had been one of the best first 45 minutes I’d seen us play and that result was a real setback.

Six changes

“But I was bold and made six changes on Tuesday night and it seemed to work.

“I can’t say it was the greatest game to watch, but we played really well and got the result.”

Ben Bradbury, as revealed in last week’s Recorder, has decided to leave the Motormen and join Southern Premier side Cambridge City after they put in a seven-day approach for the winger.

“Ben has gone higher up and you can’t deny anyone that,” said Spillane.

“But he had opted not to join Billericay earlier on in the season, who are top of the Ryman Premier.

“Yet he has moved to another side that are chasing promotion at the same level, albeit in a different league.”

Redbridge are in action on Saturday at home to Soham Town Rangers, keen to reverse a 1-0 defeat earlier in the season, before making the trip to Thamesmead Town on Tuesday night.

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