Redbridge struggled with wind admits Ross

PUBLISHED: 13:30 08 February 2016

Redbridge joint-managers Dave Ross (left) and Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-managers Dave Ross (left) and Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Oakside club tasted defeat at home to promotion chasing Cray despite taking the lead

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross felt Cray Wanderers handled the conditions better during their Ryman North match on Saturday.

The Motormen finished on the wrong side of a six-goal thriller despite goals from Charlie Portway and Reside Coxi-Sebastfao.

It was the south Londoners celebrating come full time, although at the break it was 1-0 to the Oakside hosts.

The wind was a big factor in the clash and Ross admits the Wands showed their maturity to take the victory.

He said: “The boys did well and it was a game of two halves. The wind played a massive part in the match.

“First half we had it in our favour and went in 1-0 up. We probably needed to be two goals ahead, you really need that kind of advantage when the wind is like that.

“It picked up even more in the second half and Cray are an older team and were more mature than us.”

Ross believes the Motormen could have picked up a draw in the end, but praised the finishing of Cray.

The loss sees Redbridge remain in the bottom three while their opponents are fifth in the table.

“Cray handled the wind better, we are a young side and that was a telling factor in the result,” added Ross.

“We could have got a draw from the game, we did well in the first half, but Cray took their chances and that was the difference.”

The Motormen are in action again tomorrow (Tuesday) and entertain Thamesmead Town at Oakside.

Ross added: “The pitch at the moment is waterlogged, but we have a superb groundsman so hopefully he can get it on.

“If it was to be played tonight it wouldn’t be on, but we’ll try get rid of the puddles and hopefully the wind can dry it out as well.”

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