Redbridge Ross ready for ‘massive’ clash at Oakside
PUBLISHED: 10:30 24 December 2014
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Local rivals go head-to-head in relegation six-pointer
Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross has talked up the importance of their Ryman North derby with Barkingside on Saturday.
The Motormen are a place above the relegation zone, three points ahead of Side, prior to this weekend’s match at Oakside.
Ross insists the fixture is huge, not just because it is a local derby, but due to the situation both teams find themselves in.
“It is a massive clash for us and for Barkingside because we are desperate for points,” said Ross.
“If we get three points it will put us six clear of them and, even if they have got a couple of games in hand, that is huge.
“But if they win they will go level with us, so it is important.
“We are both in a relegation battle, and it is a shame we both are, but we are desperate to get points and move ourselves out of this position.”
Side have been weakened by the departure of Steve Carvell and Dan Jones recently.
But Redbridge have problems of their own with influential skipper Mark Nougher unavailable due to suspension.
Charlie Parish and Leon Smith are also serving bans, but the Motormen boss is still confident and has told his players how crucial the match is for the club.
“They have lost one or two players, they lost Steve Carvell to Aveley I believe and he was a massive player,” added Ross.
“But we are without Nougher and Charlie so they are two big players for us.
“We both know how important the game is because we are down the bottom, not just because it is a local derby game.
“This match is crucial for both of us. Barkingside’s lads are going to be up for it and we have told our lads they have to be up for it so we are expecting a really good game.”
Redbridge’s three-match unbeaten run came to an end last weekend as they suffered a 4-0 defeat at Brightlingsea Regent.
Jordan Heath opened the scoring at North Road after 18 minutes, before doubling his tally around the hour mark.
Bostry Bansende picked up his second booking in the 66th minute before Ben Newson bagged a brace to complete the scoring.
And Vinny Murphy received a second yellow a minute from time to compound Motormen’s misery.
Redbridge were without Noughger, Paris, Smith, Gavin Cockman and Ryan Carolan.
Ross added: “We were reduced to nine and received four bookings, but it was not a dirty game so we were very disappointed.
“We are hoping to get Ryan and Gavin back for Barkingside now.”
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