Ross: Redbridge must put pressure on Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 April 2016

Redbridge bosses Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton look on (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge bosses Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton look on (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Motormen boss knows the race is still on for both local sides to earn reprieve

Redbridge will be hoping to equal their best run of Ryman North form this year by beating Bury Town on Saturday to make it seven points from a possible nine.

After beating Barkingside 1-0 last weekend, a result which relegated their former tenants, the Oakside Stadium club were seconds away from defeating Cheshunt on Tuesday, before a stoppage-time equaliser earned the Ambers a point.

With Side, who are 23rd, winning 4-0 at home to Romford on Monday, it meant a three-point gap now splits the sides at the bottom of the table, with both knowing that in order to earn a reprieve, they cannot finish last.

But Redbridge joint-boss Dave Ross has backed his team to put their local rivals under pressure with a win at home to Bury and said: “We’ve changed it recently and we’ve started to look a lot better defensively. We’ve only conceded once in our last two, which is an improvement.

“The pressure isn’t off us now that we’re going to finish in the bottom three, we still want to finish second bottom and know we need wins for that to happen.”

It’s been another difficult season for the Motormen, who also relied on a reprieve to remain in the division last season following a bottom three finish.

The club have shipped more goals than anyone else in the competition, a total of 138, but the fans have remained loyal and continued to follow the club despite their struggles.

And with the match against Bury the final game at Oakside Stadium this season, Ross hopes the team can repay their supporters for sticking by them with a much-needed win.

“It’s our last home game too, so it would be great to finish on a high with a win, and another one the following week away to Waltham Abbey,” he added.

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