Redbridge ‘hoping’ to progress in FA Trophy

PUBLISHED: 14:30 06 October 2015

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross (left) and Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross (left) and Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Motormen looking to get into second gear this evening and end run without a win

Redbridge joint-boss Dave Ross hopes his team can end their drought without a win against Arlesey Town and progress to the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy tonight at Oakside Stadium.

The Motormen earned a 1-1 draw on Saturday against the Bedfordshire outfit in the preliminary round of the competition with Jay Knight netting in the second period to force a replay.

Ross and fellow boss Ricky Eaton felt they could have won the tie at the weekend and pocketed the £2,500 prize money in the process.

But they couldn’t find a second goal and the last time they were triumphant in a match was on August 15 away to Brightlingsea Rent.

Redbridge, however, will be looking to end that tonight and set up a meeting in the next round with Corinthian Casuals.

Ross said: “Ricky and I were pleased with the result, but it is important now that we get the job done tonight with them back at our place.

“The prize money is important to the club and if we perform like we did in the second half we should be able to get through.

“We had enough chances to win the game on Saturday, I thought we could have finished them off in the second period. At the break there was nothing in it, but we definitely dominated after that.”

Unfortunately the Motormen couldn’t find that crucial second goal, but they will hope to earn a vital victory this evening.

Confidence isn’t too high with Redbridge on a 11-match losing run before the 1-1 draw on Saturday, but Ross hopes the second half display against Arlesey would have boosted morale in the camp.

“We will pretty much have same team that we had at the weekend,” said the Motormen boss. “I wouldn’t say we are confident, but we are hoping after the second half performance we put in on Saturday that the boys will have the confidence in them to win the game.

“The financial reward does help a lot, if we can progress it would be great, but most importantly we want to win a game and go further in this competition for our own confidence.”

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