Redbridge face “hardest” beginning

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 July 2015

Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Manager Ross says team are up against it in opening month

Redbridge manager Dave Ross believes the team have been handed the worst possible start following the fixture release in the Ryman North.

The Motormen start their season at home to Witham Town on August 8 before their first away match against Maldon & Tiptree three days later.

Redbridge also play Brightlingsea Regent (away), Aveley, Hornchurch (both home) and Harlow Town (away) in the opening month of the season and Ross feels it is a tough run of fixtures early on in the campaign.

“It coldn’t be harder. We expect all of those teams to compete at the top of the league but you have to play them at some point,” he said.

“It’s nice to kick off but the fixture list is what it is. Witham and Hornchurch were both relegated from the Premier while the others all figures in the top half last year.”

A fixture that fans eagerly anticipate each season is the clash with local rivals Barkingside, who Redbridge host on November 28.

But Ross says he is yet to think about that match, instead focussing on the here and now, adding: “I’m not being funny but how many matches are there between now and November?

“November is a long way off. Our focus is on pre-season and the opener against Witham at the minute. It’s always nice to play Barkingside but it’s a long way away.”

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