PUBLISHED: 20:00 02 April 2016 | UPDATED: 20:03 02 April 2016
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Ryman North: Redbridge 0 Thurrock 4
Redbridge were relegated to the Essex Senior League for the first time in almost 20 years after suffering a heavy defeat against high-flying Fleet at Oakside.
Waltham Abbey’s 4-3 win at Bury Town put them 14 points clear of Motormen, who have only four matches left to play in what has become a sorry season.
The home side went into the game needing to win their last five fixtures of the season and hope several other results went in their favour.
And although that seemed like a highly unlikely scenario, they held out until just before the hour when Ross Wall broke the deadlock with a far-post header.
David Cowley doubled Thurrock’s advantage on 71 minutes with a stunning, dipping effort from 25 yards, and an own goal made it 3-0 two minutes from time.
Substitute Daniel Francis completed Fleet’s tally from the penalty spot in the final minute, as Redbridge conceded for the 137th time in the league this season.
They still trail neighbours Barkingside, who lost 1-0 at Aveley, by four points at the bottom of the table and the two sides meet at Cricklefield Stadium next weekend.
But a derby win in that fixture and the chance to go on and avoid the wooden spoon in their last three matches of the season against Cheshunt (April 12), Bury Town (April 16) and Waltham Abbey (April 23) will be little consolation for joint bosses Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton.
Redbridge: Freund, Sackey, Adelekan (Jaffa 69), Burgess, Parish, Kabashi, Gent, Belindir, Hunt, Knight (Holland 82), Coxi Sebastfao. Unused subs: Cornelius, Hocking-Rising, Espirito Santo.
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