Redbridge pay the price
PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:07 07 April 2014
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Ryman One North: Redbridge 0 Chatham Town 1
Redbridge had several chances to score but lacked the firepower to beat Chatham Town goalkeeper Jack Bradshaw, and they ultimately paid the price as the visitors took all three points back to Kent.
The two teams met at Oakside with nothing to play for other than a higher position in the table and the opening period reflected that.
Both failed to settle into the game and it took 15 minutes for any sort of opening to be found. A few passes were strung together by Redbridge on the edge of the area and Ryan Carolan broke into the box and forced a good save from the Chatham goalkeeper Jack Bradshaw.
Redbridge saw another shot blocked from inside the area in a game of few chances, but found themselves behind just before the break.
Chatham had a corner kick from the right side and Lewis Knight flicked the ball towards goal and over keeper Mark Parker.
It was cleared by home skipper Daniel Smith however, the linesman flagged for a goal despite not having the best view, but nonetheless Redbridge went in at half time a goal down.
Chatham came out fired up in the second half and had a header cleared off the line by Bostry Bansende. Redbridge responded well though and played in a good cross from the right and a wayward header was latched on to by Abs Thompson who took it away from Bradshaw, who had come away from his goal, and smashed it over the bar.
The visitors forced a very good save from Parker as a ball came in from the corner and fell to their man who was free on the edge of the area who smashed it through a ruck of players, but somehow Parker saved the shot.
Eljay Worrell hit a rasping left-footed drive which was well saved by Bradshaw and Redbridge were beginning to pick up the pace.
As the game entered its final phase Ade Yusuff threatened the Redbridge goal with a cross from the right flank that was flashed across goal, but nobody could not get on the end of the ball.
Redbridge came forward with Daniel Francis again who forced a decent save and you could sense the pressure was building. Minutes later Bansende hit a spectacular shot from range which was somehow tipped over by Bradshaw.
The Motormen pushed for that illusive equaliser and Francis had a big chance but was well denied by Bradshaw once again.
Redbridge: Parker, Bansende, Parish (Dobson 89), Good, Smith, Carolan (Okpara 16), Thompson, Worrell, Francis, Damali, Aiken (Adamou 89)
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