Redbridge suffer title charge blow with Basildon United defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:30 07 March 2018

Redbridge defender Liam Thomas made his 100th appearance for the club (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge defender Liam Thomas made his 100th appearance for the club (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Essex Senior League: Redbridge 0 Basildon United 2

Redbridge suffered a blow in their title charge as they missed out on the chance of regaining the top spot as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to title rivals Basildon United.

10-man Motormen battled hard but a goal in each half from the Bees proved too much and sealed them the three points at Oakside.

The early possession came from Redbridge as attacker Thomas Gogo drove down the left flank and threaded the ball inside for Brian Moses but it was waved for offside in the 12th minute.

Both sides looked cagey and stood off each other for the next ten minutes until the visitors Reece Conway made a run and struck the post in the 25th minute.

A minute later the winger rose above everyone and headed home at the back post to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Straight after the goal a strong tackle from the hosts Remi Nelson resulted in both sides colliding and a lot of pushing and shoving near the half-way line.

Once the incident had finally been broken up the midfielder was sent off in the 29th minute.

Basildon pressed forward and looked to double their lead but they failed to create too much in the final third.

Despite being down to 10-men it was the hosts who started to dominate possession and they were almost rewarded for their efforts as Joshua Hutchinson made a great run down the right, looked to find someone in the box, but the Bees cleared it out for a corner a minute before the break.

Early in the second-half Jonathon Mbamarah drilled a shot from just outside the box after a cross from Joshua Hutchinson was deflected out to the defender.

Down the other end striker Marcus Bowers almost lifted a shot over the top of keeper Lewis Greene before The Motormen went back on the attack as Hutchinson cut in from the right and fired a shot just past the post.

Tempers were boiling once again when Conway was brought down by Vinny Murphy on the edge of the box and the Bees were given a free-kick.

Bowers stepped up and curled the free-kick well wide of the net in the 55th minute.

Keeper Greene was forced to pull of a blinding save as he dove across the goal and tipped clear a strike from Joe Skeels three minutes later.

The hosts Thomas Gogo then hit the crossbar after the ball fell to him in the box after winger Reside Coxi-Sebastfao shot was blocked inside the box in the 62nd minute.

Two minutes later there was more controversy as Brian Moses was sent through on goal and Bees player Joe Burgess fell to the floor and the play was stopped.

Basildon doubled their lead through Bowers in the 67th minute as he curled home a shot into the bottom right corner after working tirelessly to win the ball back.

Redbridge desperately searched to find a way back into the game and a golden opportunity came in the 92nd minute where Moses wass denied from point blank range as a defender slides across to block the striker’s shot after Billy Golledge broke down the left and worked his way round the keeper.

Redbridge: Greene, Homans, Mbamarah, Nelson, Murphy, Thomas (Brown-Bamfpoe 75), Hutchinson (Golledge 75), Duggan, Coxi-Sebastfao (Poku 75), Gogo, Moses.

Unused subs: Browne-Bamfpoe, Harris, Dingli.

Basildon United: Wheatley, Charler, Skeels, Whitby, Burgess, Spooner (Littlejohn 84), Barton, Conway (Cumming 75), Selby-Knight, Peagram (Adlington 66), Bowers.

Unused subs: Hassan and Putt.

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