Ross positive despite Redbridge loss
PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 July 2015
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Motormen beaten by Essex Senior League outfit
Joint Redbridge manager Dave Ross said that lessons were learnt in the 3-1 loss to Essex Senior League outfit Bowers & Pitsea last night.
The defeat was Redbridge’s first of pre-season having won against Essex Olympian league side Harold Wood Athletic.
Despite the nature of the loss, Ross believes the game represented progress for a side that has had to rebuild from last season.
“It was a reasonable performance,” said Ross “It highlighted our weaknesses and our strengths, so we got quite a bit out of it really.
“These friendlies are all about seeing what our team is capable of and seeing what positions everyone does the best job in.”
Bowers were tough opposition for the Motormen, which Ross expected following their unbeaten start to pre-season in which they have scored 12 goals in their opening three matches.
“Bowers are an extremely strong side and I’ll be absolutely amazed if they don’t win the Essex Senior [League] next season. They did well to put pressure on us and there are very organised,” he said.
So, was Ross anticipating the loss?
“Yes I was in a way. Smallsy [Rob Small, Bowers & Pitsea manager] has done a very good job over there. You can see by their recent results and the fact that they smashed Harold Wood Athletic 7-2,” he added.
However, it is clear that Redbridge do not want an easy ride during pre-season.
With the team undergoing a transformation process and hoping to challenge their Ryman North rivals, adequate preparation is vital.
Ross added: “We don’t get anything out of friendlies by going out and winning 7-0 or 8-0, it’s just a waste of time. We couldn’t have chosen a better friendly. We’re building up our squad again this year whilst theirs is already organised.
“It was very, very hard, but it’s what you want for one of your first pre-season games.”
Redbridge will now play four matches in the space of a week when they take on Sawbridgeworth Town (July 25), Tower Hamlets (July 27) and Barking (July 30) before ending their run at home to Newbury Forest (August 1).
“We’re expecting another tough game on Saturday,” said Ross, referring to Sawbridgeworth.
“I don’t think they’ll be as strong as Bowers, but I’m sure they’ll still be a challenge for us.”
Redbridge were due to play local rivals Ilford on Tuesday, but that derby game was postponed following a discussion between the two managers.
“I spoke to Allan [Fenn, Ilford manager] about it and we both get on very well. We both agreed that it would beneficial to play on grass pitches against other teams. But we might be able to get a friendly in during the course of the season.”
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