Redbridge set for FA Cup clash

PUBLISHED: 12:27 16 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:11 16 September 2010

Julian Ashby

Julian Ashby


Cup run can spark stuttering season

The 2-0 win over London Colney last weekend earned The Motormen £3,000 with the joint boss delighted by the manner of the win.

Goals from Sonny Adams and Julian Ashby saw them book their place in the next round and Taylor said: “We were very pleased with the performance as we’ve had a tough time recently.

“We controlled the game well and it was good to see the defence keep a clean sheet which all bodes well for the games coming up.”

The club have the added incentive of another £4,500 if they are able to defeat their second qualifying round opponents Harrow Borough and with the cup run in mind the former Barkingside joint boss believes the Oakside club will benefit enormously from the cash the FA Cup gives.

“We are all delighted with the tie and it gives us an opportunity to test ourselves against a very good Ryman Premier side that are currently in the top half of the table,” said Taylor.

“They have players like Rocky Baptiste who has a well known history in the FA Cup after scoring against Arsenal for Farnborough and a former player of mine in Troy Hewitt that will provide us with a lot of problems.

“But the run has definitely improved the club financially and if we are able to progress and pick up a plum tie against a Blue Square side then it will definitely help the club out with even more extra cash.

The Motormen are not happy though with the FA’s decision for the Harrow Borough game to be played on Saturday, September 25, despite Barkingside already having a league game with Takeley scheduled for that date that has to be rearranged.

The Redbridge boss said: “It is disappointing as the amount of extra people that would be able to make the Sunday game could have made it even more of a special occasion but it is a decision that fell out of our hands.”

“But before we fix our minds on that then we have to get our league campaign kick-started against Waltham Abbey.”

Redbridge are still without a league win as they go into Saturday’s clash with Abbey who are another side that have failed to pick up three points.

The Abbots find themselves in 16th spot with four draws to their name and Taylor knows it is a must win game for his and Dave Ross’ men.

“Abbey are a team that we have to win against and we need to build on last week’s positives to start to pick up in the league,” said Taylor.

“Despite coming down from the Ryman Premier last year they have not hit the ground running, similar to us, but the game is a massive three-pointer for both teams.”

Donovan Wilson is a slight doubt for the game after being forced off through injury in the 2-0 win last weekend.

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