Redbridge safe as Ilford fall
PUBLISHED: 11:22 28 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:22 28 April 2013
Ryman Div 1N: Rebridge 1 Sudbury 0; Tilbury 3 Ilford 2
Motormen ensured their survival with a final-day win at Oakside and leapfrogged Harlow, who were beaten 4-0 at home by Thamesmead, to finish in 20th place.
But neighbours Ilford had their relegation to the Essex Senior League confirmed after twice letting leads slip in a five-goal thriller at Chadfields.
Redbridge’s first chance fell to leading scorer Jacob Cleaver on 10 minutes, but his volley flew just wide.
Cleaver, announced as the Supporters and Players Player of the Year after the match, was too high with another effort before Dean Neil got down well to smother Robbie Martin’s 25-yard effort.
Sudbury struck the crossbar before the break and began the second half well, before Motormen claimed the only goal of the game on 66 minutes.
Nana Asamoah showed a good first touch to beat his man, then produced a controlled finish to put the hosts ahead.
Leon Antoine and Luke Ingram had chances to reply for Sudbury, but Motormen held firm for survival.
Charlie Rolls claimed the Managers Player of the Year prize in the Oakside clubhouse afterwards.
Meanwhile, the Foxes took the lead on 37 minutes at Tilbury and the scoreline remained unchanged until the 71st minute when Aaron Waters levelled from the penalty spot for Dockers.
Ilford went up the other end and immediately regained the advantage, but Aaron Matthews squared matters once again with eight minutes left.
And Tilbury grabbed a last-minute winner when Waters claimed his second goal of the afternoon a minute from time.
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