Redbridge bosses draw positives

PUBLISHED: 08:40 11 September 2013 | UPDATED: 08:40 11 September 2013

Patrick Damali of Redbridge (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Patrick Damali of Redbridge (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Division 1N: Redbridge 1 Tilbury 1

Redbridge joint manager Ricky Eaton expressed his delight in his side’s performance, despite seeing them concede a late equaliser to Tilbury last night.

Patrick Damali’s goal looked like earning Motormen victory at Oakside, but Danny Francis struck in injury time in earn a point for Dockers.

Nonetheless, Eaton said: “How do you sum up a game like that? It’s another kick in the teeth for us, but we were happy with the boys’ performance, they did really well.

“All we can do is just keep encouraging the players to keep doing what they’re doing. The players will come into training and work their socks off again, and we’ll just move on. That’s all you can do in football.”

Despite a solid performance from his side, Eaton admitted they must learn to stop conceding late goals, adding: “It’s another late goal we’ve conceded, which is something we need to move on from and learn from.”

With Saturday’s scheduled match against Maldon postponed due to their continued involvement in the FA Cup, joint boss Dave Ross is keen to keep the Redbridge players on their toes.

He said: “We will train Saturday and we’ll try and get in a friendly next week and look at a couple of other lads.

“I thought it was a very good second-half performance and we deserved a win.”

After a cagey beginning, with both teams looking to get the breakthrough early on, the first real chance of the half came on 30 minutes when Tilbury’s Harry Cook played Conor Head through, but his shot was palmed over by Dean Driscoll.

Redbridge were immediately on the counter-attack, as Ben Bradbury picked the ball up just inside his own half and dribbled all the way to the edge of the box before firing wide.

The hosts were into their stride and looking more likely to take the lead, with Eljay Worrell and Emeil Aiken linking up well down the left.

And their persistence nearly paid off as the ball was fired into the box from the left and appeared to strike a Tilbury player’s arm.

The referee blew his whistle but admitted to not seeing whether the hand-ball was inside the area or not.

And after confronting his linesman, the referee awarded a free-kick to Redbridge which eventually came to nothing.

The home side saw another change go begging before the break as Worrell’s chipped ball into Geoffrey Mitchell was measured to perfection, giving the striker an opportunity to drill the ball across goal.

The Tilbury keeper palmed the ball back out to the feet of Aiken, who could only watch it hit him and go behind.

Ross and Eaton decided to make a change at the break, bringing top goalscorer Leslie Thompson on for Gary Henty.

But the substitution didn’t seem to change much, as some controversial decisions had much of the supporters from both teams baffled.

If anything, the confusion sparked Motormen into life and they were soon dominating as Bostry Bansenden linked up well with Aiken on the right, creating chances for Mitchell and Damali.

The dominance eventually paid off for Redbridge with less than 15 minutes left, as a Bradbury corner was swung into Aiken who neatly headed back across goal for Damali to hammer home for what looked like the winning goal.

Tilbury boss Paul Vaughan made a change almost immediately, bringing on Francis for Lee Weemes.

And it paid dividends with seconds remaining and some supporters heading for the exit as Cook’s desperate effort was deflected over Driscoll and into the path of Francis, who had netted a last-gasp winner against Aveley on Saturday, and he tapped into the net to earn his side a point.

Redbridge: Driscoll, Worrell, Bansenden, Smith, Thomas, Carlile, Bradbury, Henty (Thompson 46), Damali, Mitchell, Aiken. Unused subs: Husein, Mclean, Matthews, Springer.

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