Redbridge bounce back from late league defeat

PUBLISHED: 06:30 22 November 2013

Redbridge managers Dave Ross (right) and Ricky Eaton (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge managers Dave Ross (right) and Ricky Eaton (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Redbridge bounced back from a late league defeat to progress in the London Senior Cup – and joint manager Ricky Eaton was delighted with the response.

The Motormen came from behind to beat Kingstonian 2-1 at Oakside on Tuesday, three days after losing at home to Ryman One North promotion rivals Dereham Town.

Goals from Ben Bradbury and Ryan Carolan turned the tables after Charlie Knight’s opener for the visitors.

Eaton said: “It was an excellent performance against a strong team.

“It shows the character of the players. Saturday’s game was disappointing – neither team created much, but I think we shaded it and deserved at least a point.”

Redbridge face relegation-threatened Brentwood Town tomorrow after losing out to Dereham last time out thanks to an 88th-minute Sam Borrer header.

To show how close the league is, a win would have catapulted Redbridge up to sixth in the table, only out of the play-offs on goal difference. Instead, they are 11th.

A major talking point took place halfway through the second half. It looked as though the referee had awarded a penalty to the home side and sent off a Dereham defender for a professional foul.

But the visitors received a lifeline when the assistant referee raised his flag for offside and they made the most of their reprieve to leapfrog Redbridge in the table.

Eaton said: “He’d gone to his pocket, pulled out the red card but their players were screaming for the ref to go over to his linesman who had his flag up.

“People watching said it was so close and thought maybe the benefit of the doubt should have gone to the attacker. It would have changed the game, but that’s football.”

It was the Motormen’s second league loss at Oakside this season, but Eaton thinks the clash with Brentwood, who have won just twice in the league this term, is the kind they have to be winning if they are to be in the promotion shake-up at the end of the season.

The joint boss said: “It’s a good opportunity to get three points, but it could be a bad time to play them too.

“They’ve had a manager change so will be keen to impress him, we won’t be taking anything for granted.”

The home match against Burnham Ramblers, postponed last week, will now be played on Tuesday, December 3.

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