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Ross and Redbridge squad believe relegation can be avoided

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 February 2016

Redbridge players celebrate after Charlie Portway (left) netted a late winner at Wroxham (pic: Philip Lindhurst)

Redbridge players celebrate after Charlie Portway (left) netted a late winner at Wroxham (pic: Philip Lindhurst)

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Motormen face two tough matches over next seven days but have will be confident of upsetting the odds

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross insists his squad believe they can survive in Ryman North this season after a positive week.

The Motormen earned a dramatic 4-3 win at Wroxham on Saturday before suffering a defeat at Bury Town on Tuesday.

Although they lost 4-1 at Ram Meadow, it was 1-1 going after 87 minutes and by then the visitors were down to 10 men.

Redbridge host high-flying Cray Wanderers this weekend before another home encounter against Thamesmead Town on Tuesday (February 9).

Both clashes look tough on paper, but Redbridge go into them with renewed confidence.

“The players 100 per cent have belief that we can stay up and so do us managers,” said Ross, who shares duties with Ricky Eaton.

“We know it is going to be hard, but we can do it. We have two tough matches this week. Cray are on a bad run so they will be desperate to stop that.

“We face Thamesmead after that and they have just hit a good patch of form, so again that will be another hard match for us.

“There is a lot of positives to come out of this week. We matched Bury for 87 minutes with 10 men, so the boys will be 
confident going into Saturday’s game with Cray.”

The Wands beat Redbridge 5-0 at Hayes Lane earlier in the season, but this fixture could be different.

Cray were leaders of the Ryman North recently, but have hit a shocking run of form and not won since December 19.

“We absolutely have a chance this weekend – it will be about whether we take our opportunities on the day, if we do we can take something from the game. It is massively important to both teams,” added Ross.

“We are down the bottom and desperate for points to move out of the relegation places and Cray need to get more victories to cling on to their spot in the play-offs.

“They will come to us and think we are playing a team near the bottom, so it is a must-win game.”

If the Motormen are to pick up more points, they might need Charlie Portway to keep up his good form in front of goal.

The forward, son of former Redbridge manager and prolific goal-getter Steve, scored twice at Wroxham on Saturday to help the Oakside outfit to a stunning 4-3 success, as Reside Coxi-Sebastfao also hit a brace.

Ross and Eaton’s men trailed before equalising in the 89th minute through Coxi-Sebastfao and Portway sealed the win with his second in stoppage time.

He was also on target at Bury, putting Redbridge ahead before Charlie Parish was shown a straight red card.

Ross added: “He scored again on Tuesday. His form is another positive, he appears to be coming into his own at the moment. Charlie is looking really lively and having a good spell in front of goal for us.”


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