Redbridge suffer another rout
PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 September 2015
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Ryman North: Cray Wanderers 5 Redbridge 0
Struggling Redbridge slumped to a 10th successive defeat in all competitions against table-topping Cray at Hayes Lane on Sunday.
Motormen took seven points from their first three matches of the campaign, but have lost their last eight Ryman North fixtures since by a combined total of 38-3 and have the worst defensive record in the division by some distance.
The home side made a bright start, with an early shot deflected into the grateful arms of Jack Avery, before Redbridge’s Jamie Alexandrou sent a weak effort at Nick Blue at the other end.
Avery needed treatment after racing from his line to clear a through ball and colliding with a Cray player, then made a good save to deny the hosts after they had beaten the offside trap.
Riges Kabashi’s 25-yard free kick could not seriously threaten Blue before Motormen had a couple of let-offs as a deep Cray cross found no takers at the far post and a corner dropped into the six-yard box, but could not be forced home.
But Redbridge almost opened the scoring on the counter-attack, before Reside Coxi-Sebastfao was thwarted by a fine tackle on the edge of the box.
Cray sent a free kick just beyond the post, then saw a header from another set-piece find the side netting before finally taking the lead as Ben Payne headed home on 40 minutes.
One quickly became two as Cray got in behind the Redbridge defence two minutes later and Karl Dent’s shot proved too hot for Avery to hold as the ball slipped over the line.
And the home side might have added a third before the interval when Motormen conceded possession near their own byline and the ball was pulled back into the box, but fired horribly wide.
Redbridge had a great chance to halve the deficit soon after the restart when a free kick fell to Michael Ogboin, but he poked wide from six yards.
And they were made to pay as Cray went 3-0 up on 63 minutes when a free kick to the far post was headed back across goal and nodded in by Ray Powell from close range.
Kabashi sent another free kick high over the Cray crossbar, while team-mate Timi Dorgu sliced a clearance over his own goal at the other end.
The home side rattled the crossbar with a header from a corner, but added a fourth four minutes from time with Powell sending a low shot past Avery and into the corner of the net.
And a fifth arrived a minute later when the ball was played square for Dent to lift over the exposed Avery.
Motormen went close to a late consolation when substitute Billy Drake saw his low ball into the box turned just past the post by a Cray defender, but they were inches away from conceding a sixth when the home side hit a post.
Redbridge visit Tilbury, the former club of joint manager Dave Ross, on Tuesday before turning their attention to the FA Trophy and their trip to Arlesey next weekend.
Redbridge: Avery, Bansende, Alexandrou, Dorgu, Parish (Drake 70), Good, Turner, Smith (Francis 46), Ogboin, Kabashi, Coxi-Sebastfao. Unused subs: J Gent, Cornelius, Karrer.
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