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Redbridge see run ended by Clapton

PUBLISHED: 08:20 27 November 2016

Jake Mernagh of Redbridge (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jake Mernagh of Redbridge (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Redbridge 3 Clapton 4

Redbridge saw their five-match unbeaten run come to an end as Clapton claimed another late winner to maintain their hold on fourth place in the Essex Senior League in a seven-goal thriller.

Tons had netted an injury-time goal at Enfield a week earlier and left it late once again to earn all three points at Oakside.

Only six minutes had been played when Motormen took the lead as a close-range effort was saved by Richie Robins and the ball rebounded into the net off an unfortunate Tons defender.

The visitors were back on terms just four minutes later, though, as Stefan Nielsen beat the offside trap and slotted past Jake Mernagh.

Clapton’s joy was shortlived, however, as Redbridge regained the lead on 12 minutes when Jacob Dingli pounced at close range to maintain his impressive recent goalscoring run.

But it was 2-2 with only 17 minutes on the clock as Raphael Duyile went off on a fine run and saw his effort deflected into the net by a Redbridge defender.

After that frantic start, it was somewhat surprising to see the scorelinie remained unchanged before the interval.

But Clapton got their noses in front on 69 minutes when Ajani Domingo-Carrington found the net, only for Lee Weemes to level for Redbridge after two efforts had been blocked within a minute.

It looked like the two sides would take a point apiece as normal time drew to a close, but Ryan Reed had other ideas and struck for Tons in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Clapton visit leaders Barking for a Brasted Memorial Trophy tie on Tuesday, in a repeat of the 2015 final which they lost.

Redbridge, meanwhile, travel to the Old Spotted Dog to take on London Bari next weekend for their next league fixture.

Redbridge: Mernagh, Roult, Carter, Odutola, Parish, Kettle, Gent, Kyungu, Dingli, Weemes, Sangolo. Subs: Bell, Alexandrou, Cornelius, Miller.

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Wadham Lodge 0 Ilford 1

One goal proved enough for Ilford to claim the Essex Senior League points over Wadham Lodge.

Manager Allan Fenn returned to the dugout after a one-match ban and saw stalwart striker Chris Stevens net the only goal of the game to take his tally for the season to five.

And the Foxes will now turn their focus to their Brasted Memorial Trophy trip to Stansted on Tuesday, when they will be looking to redress the balance after suffering a 2-1 loss in the league at Hargrave Park a month ago.

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Southend Manor 2 Barkingside 0

Barkingside fell to their second successive Essex Senior League defeat after conceding twice in the second half at Southchurch Arena.

The hosts took the lead when Dan Okah fired home from inside the box and they sealed the points in stoppage time when Jake Brocklebank broke away to slot home.

Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer is set to return from a two-match stadium ban when his side return to action with a tough Brasted Memorial Trophy tie at Basildon United on Tuesday.

Barkingside: Carter, Birch, G Ademilyu, Ajoodha, Berkowicz, Fontaine, Laird, Lee (Lutaaya 64), Marfo, Ruzgas, Wright. Unused subs: Ambrose, Campbell, Flancy, Mitchell.


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