Redbridge rally for key point

PUBLISHED: 08:16 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:16 17 April 2013

Redbridge striker Jacob Cleaver celebrates a goal with teammates (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge striker Jacob Cleaver celebrates a goal with teammates (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman Div 1N: Redbridge 2 Ware 2

Redbridge battled back from two goals down to earn a vital point in their battle for Ryman League survival at Oakside last night.

Neighbours Ilford went down 1-0 at Potters Bar, meanwhile, and are now three points adrift at the bottom of the table, having played one game more than Motormen.

The home side had a let-off in the first half as Ware captain Jon Stevenson fired over from the penalty spot.

But Bradley Wilkinson headed the visitors in front from a corner just past the hour mark and Elliot King doubled their lead soon after, following a mistake by Motormen keeper Dean Neil.

It looked like Redbridge were set for another defeat at that point, following their 3-1 home reverse against Chatham on Saturday, but Luke Read headed home on 73 minutes to give them hope.

And leading scorer Jacob Cleaver claimed his 18th goal of the season five minutes from time to ensure honours finished even.

Ilford’s latest loss came after James Gershfield netted on 79 minutes for Potters Bar.

The Foxes are due to host Harlow at Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday, while Redbridge visit Waltham Abbey.

And Ilford’s relegation to the Essex Senior League could be confirmed if they fail to pick up any points and Redbridge, who have a game in hand on them, return from Capershotts with some reward.

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