Redbridge won’t get casual after victories, insists Ross

PUBLISHED: 13:30 29 October 2015

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 outfit have enjoyed great couple of days and now switch their attention to the cups

It has been a fantastic week for Redbridge as they earned two wins in the Ryman North to move out of the bottom three and now joint-boss Dave Ross has challenged his side to progress in the FA Trophy.

The Motormen make the trip to Ryman South outfit Corinthian Casuals for a first qualifying round clash on Saturday.

Ross and Ricky Eaton’s men are high in belief after beating Soham Town Rangers 3-1 and Maldon & Tiptree 3-2 over the past week at Oakside, but are aware of the challenge facing them.

Casuals are fourth in their division and expected to be strong.

“The confidence is up now and these two wins are massive, but we take a break from the league and face Corinthian next,” said Ross.

“I think they are a very good team and it will be like facing one of the top sides in our division.

“But if we can put in the work-rate and type of performance we delivered against Maldon, I definitely think we have a chance.

“At the end of the day it is two teams out on that pitch so we will give it a good go. The boys have got belief now and we are scoring goals, not conceding many either so the confidence is there.”

Prior to beating Soham Town last weekend it wasn’t, however, but Redbridge earned a fantastic victory with Jay Knight scoring twice, one from the penalty spot.

Billy Drake was also on target with all of the goals coming in the second half to give Motormen a 3-1 success at Oakside – their first in the league since August 15.

That triumph gave them the belief that they could take points off Maldon for a second time this season and they did just that.

Once again Knight was influential, bagging a brace, with another from the penalty spot and Joe Gent was on target too as Motormen edged the five-goal thriller.

Ross added: “You couldn’t fault the effort of the boys against Maldon, they worked really hard.

“Saturday was a tough one against Soham, but we won 3-1 and it was quite comfortable in the end and that breeds confidence.

“We took that into the Maldon match and managed to get another good win, but it is early days.

“On Tuesday, Soham won 4-0 at Waltham Abbey so it shows what a good performance it was by us at the weekend. We have had two wins in a row now, but we are still in the mix down the bottom so there is a long way to go still.”

That is true, but Redbridge’s two victories have ensured they move out of the relegation places and up to 21st in the table – two points off the bottom three.

But they don’t play again in the league until November 7 with two cup matches coming up.

After playing Casuals on Saturday, they entertain rivals Barking in the first round of the London Senior Cup on Tuesday.

Ross added: “At this stage we are only thinking about the weekend, we will see where we are at afterwards and who needs a rest.

“Barking are a good side so we won’t be underestimating them. We will see who needs minutes because I know some people definitely do and we would like to progress so it will come in handy.”

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