Redbridge sub sinks Yachtsmen; Barkingside to bottom
PUBLISHED: 09:32 31 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:23 31 January 2016
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Ryman North: Wroxham 3 Redbridge 4; Maldon 3 Barkingside 0
Substitute Harrison Tweddell was the matchwinner for Redbridge as they netted twice in stoppage time to sink the Yachtsmen and claim three vital points at Trafford Park.
And victory in Norfolk allowed them to climb off the bottom of the table and leave neighbours Barkingside in the basement following their defeat against the Jammers at Wallace Binder Field.
Tweddell was sent on for Ore Odutola with 13 minutes remaining and the Yachtsmen leading 3-2.
And after Reside Coxi Sebastfao got Redbridge back on terms in the 90th minute with his second goal of the game, Tweddell popped up to win a thrilling contest.
The visitors began well, enjoying more of the possession, but Sam Sargeant was called into action to make the first save of note.
Then, with Wroxham growing into the game, Billy Drake had a great chance to put Motormen ahead with the goal at his mercy but fired just wide.
Coxi Sebastfao opened the scoring on 18 minutes, cutting inside and curling a great shot into the top corner, but Nathan Stone got Wroxham back on terms just six minutes later as a deep cross found him at the far post to turn his man and slot home.
Wroxham went close from a free-kick and Sargeant had to make another save before Redbridge scrambled the ball clear.
But then Paulius Ditkevicius had a golden opportunity to put Motormen ahead after some good build-up play, only to shoot wide.
The home side looked the more threatening before half time, but Redbridge were gifted their second lead of the game on the hour when a free kick from close to the halfway line came off the head of a home defender and beat keeper Elliott Pride, who was credited with an own goal.
Again Redbridge’s joy was shortlived as Jamie Forshaw headed home to level when the ball looped up invitingly and Jack Garrod converted from close range after a quick break on the right just a minute later to turn the match on its head.
Motormen made three changes in the closing stages, though, as Rigers Kabashi and Emmanuel Sackey were also sent on with Tweddell.
And the fresh legs must have made a difference as Redbridge mounted a late rally to come from behind and snatch victory.
Ditkevicius saw a header from a free kick saved, before Sebastfao reacted quickest to tuck home a rebound after Pride had parried a shot for the equaliser.
And then Tweddell was put through on goal and kept his composure to slot the ball past the keeper into the far corner of the net to spark wild scenes among the visitors, who are back on the road to Suffolk to visit Bury Town on Tuesday.
Redbridge: Sargeant, Odutola (Tweddell 77), Parish, Dorgu, Good, Ditkevicius, Gent, Belindir (Kabashi 82), Drake (Sackey 84), Portway, Coxi Sebastfao. Unused sub: Chafer.
*Barkingside saw their winless streak extend to 14 matches after losing on the Essex coast.
The visitors suffered an early blow as Andy Greenslade had to be replaced with only five minutes played, with Marvin Birch coming off the bench.
And Maldon opened the scoring before the quarter-hour mark as Adam Mills beat Darren Behcet.
Sam Newson doubled the advantage on 24 minutes to leave Barkingside with a mountain to climb.
But their hopes received a boost when the home side were reduced to 10 men early in the second half as Darren Mills was given his marching orders.
As it was, the ten men of Maldon added to their tally on 76 minutes as Newson netted his second goal of the afternoon to seal the points and send Barkingside to the bottom of the table.
Gursel Gulfer’s men are four points adrift of safety and in a bid to attact more support, chairman Jimmy Flanagan is cutting admission prices for their last eight home matches of the season to £6 for adults and £4 concessions for new supporters.
Barkingside are set to welcome Soham Town to Cricklefield Stadium next Saturday.
Barkingside: Behcet, Spencer, Wren, Wright, Greenslade (Birch 5), Abitogan (Halliday 50), Ademiliu (Nzengo 72), Gulfer, With, Adebayo, Poku. Unused subs: Lataaya, Hamidan.
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