Redbridge ‘need four points’

PUBLISHED: 13:35 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:35 16 April 2013

Redbridge manager Steve Portway (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge manager Steve Portway (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Portway sets survival target

Redbridge’s joint manager Steve Portway is targeting four points from their final four games to ensure they play in the Ryman Division One North next season.

Motormen face Ware tonight (Tuesday), before meeting Waltham Abbey, Aveley and Sudbury over the next two weeks and Portway thinks that amount of points will see them finish above rivals Ilford, who visit Potters Bar tonight, at the bottom of the table.

Portway said: “It’s a big game (against Ware), but realistically only as big as last Saturday’s.

“If I’m honest I think we need four more points to keep us up, as Ilford lost at the weekend.”

Redbridge lost 3-1 to Chatham Town at Oakside on Saturday, but basement boys Ilford went down 2-0 at Wroxham to ensure the two-point gap between the two sides stayed the same.

Motormen now face a massive clash against improving Ware and Portway will not be underestimating them.

“Ware are a better side than what the league is showing,” he added.

“They’ve had some very good results lately too. We won’t be underestimating them that’s for sure.”

Tonight’s match will be Redbridge’s fourth in a week so Portway will make changes to his team.

And he remarked it’s a lot different to the Premier League as his young team have jobs.

He added: “We do have a few little knocks, and a few are tired.

“We’ll have a few more new faces playing this week because they have to.

“It’s not like the Premiership, these boys have jobs and college to go to!

“They need a rest but we’ll have a strong squad out.”

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