Rivals slip to lone-goal losses
PUBLISHED: 09:01 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:01 02 April 2013
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Ryman Div 1N: Ilford 0 Brentwood 1; Redbridge 0 Witham 1
There was no change at the bottom of the Ryman Division One North table as Ilford and Redbridge both lost their Bank Holiday Monday fixtures.
Motormen remain in the basement, two points adrift of their neighbours, after a 1-0 home defeat against Witham.
Steve Portway’s side had battled to a draw at Brentwood on Saturday, thanks to a Jacob Cleaver penalty, but slipped to a single-goal defeat against Witham at Oakside.
Cleaver was missing, as Luke Read and Jason Dobbs came into the side for their debuts.
Daniel Laurent saw a 25-yard shot tipped over and Stephen Ikumelo had a header cleared off the line in the first half.
And Dobbs struck a post from fully 40 yards after the restart, but Ikumelo saw red along with Witham’s Paul King just past the hour mark following a melee.
The visitors grabbed all three points on 79 minutes when Sam Taylor found space to slot past Michael Bowditch.
One goal proved enough to send Ilford to defeat as well, in their third match in six days at their Cricklefield Stadium base.
Having drawn 3-3 with fellow strugglers Ware last Wednesday, thanks to a late goal from Warren Mfula, the Foxes slipped to a 3-1 ‘away’ defeat against tenants Waltham Forest on Saturday, for whom Adrian Clifton netted a hat-trick.
Steve Butterworth’s 36th-minute goal was enough for Brentwood to inflict another defeat on Kevin Lucas’s side.
They host table-topping Grays on Saturday, while Redbridge travel to Cheshunt.
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