Redbridge rally for point
PUBLISHED: 11:26 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:26 31 March 2013
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Ilford lose out to tenants
Ryman Division 1N
Brentwood 1 Redbridge 1
The Motormen hit back for a vital point to keep their survival hopes alive at the Brentwood Arena.
Beaten by a last-gasp Thamesmead goal in midweek, after a seven-goal thriller at Oakside, the basement boys made the short trip up the A12 and frustrated their hosts until just before the hour.
Brentwood’s Alex Akrofi broke the deadlock with a header from Greg Cohen’s cross, which went in off a post on 58 minutes.
But the hosts needed a goalline clearance from Ryan Doyle to deny Marvin Farrell an equaliser, before Richard Wray kept out Anthony McDonald’s effort.
Redbridge got back on level terms on 69 minutes, though, when Shadrack Ngandu was penalised for handball and Jacob Cleaver kept his cool to convert from the spot.
Darren Blewitt had an effort disallowed for offside as Brentwood looked to regain the upper hand, while Ngandu and Steve Butterworth also went close for the home side late on.
But Motormen held on for a share of the spoils to pull to within two points of neighbours Ilford, with two games in hand.
They welcome Witham to Oakside tomorrow (Monday).
Waltham Forest 3 Ilford 1
The Foxes did not have far to travel as they faced tenants Forest at Cricklefield Stadium.
Boss Kevin Lucas had seen his men claim a point from their midweek meeting with fellow strugglers Ware, after a topsy-turvy encounter.
Kai Birchard’s early double had put them 2-0 up, but he saw red early in the second half after Ware had got back on terms.
The visitors then edged 3-2 up, before Warren Mfula’s injury-time effort claimed a goal for 10-men Ilford.
But the landlords enjoyed few home comforts on their return to home turf yesterday as Adrian Clifton’s hat-trick sealed the points for Forest.
Ilford play their third match in six days when Brentwood visit Cricklefield tomorrow.
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