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Redbridge ‘need’ points

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:21 09 February 2016

Redbridge players celebrate after Charlie Portway (left) netted a late winner at Wroxham (pic: Philip Lindhurst)

Redbridge players celebrate after Charlie Portway (left) netted a late winner at Wroxham (pic: Philip Lindhurst)

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Motormen joint-manager Dave Ross looks ahead to their clash with Thamesmead Town

Redbridge are hoping to entertain Thamesmead Town tonight (Tuesday) in the Ryman North and boss Dave Ross admits they need to start picking up points.

Performances have been encouraging for the Motormen since the turn of the year and they have won three matches in 2016.

Two of those were in cup competitions, however, although a 4-3 triumph at Wroxham boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop.

Since that success on the road, they have lost 4-1 to Bury Town and 4-2 to Cray Wanderers despite putting in strong performances.

But the Oakside manager concedes a good display counts for little at this stage if you don’t take anything from it.

Ross said: “We are improving all the time, but we are running out of games. Teams around us are picking up points so it is getting harder and harder for us.

“We have some matches coming up where we need to pick up some points, but it is all well and good saying that, we need to do it now.”

Thamesmead lost to AFC Sudbury on Saturday, but have generally been on a strong run of form lately.

Ross expects a difficult encounter and wants his side to go ahead and stay in the lead this time.

He added: “We need points, it is all well and good putting in strong performances, but I would rather we have bad ones, but get a result.

“You need the points at this stage of the season, they give you your reward so we need to start getting them.

“We know it will be a tough game with Thamesmead, we had a hard match with them at their place and they are a very physical side.

“Hopefully we can hold onto a lead this time because we have gone ahead in our last few fixtures and lost it.

“If we can get go a goal in front again, we want to try and hold out a bit longer so fingers crossed we can get a result.”

With fellow strugglers Wroxham and Waltham Abbey also in action this evening, it could be a crucial night in the battle to survive.


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