Ross: Redbridge will be ready for Ryman

PUBLISHED: 11:30 30 July 2015

Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Motormen boss previews matches coming up and getting ready for Ryman North opener with Witham Town

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross has admitted he would happily watch his team lose their final three pre-season friendlies if it meant they started the new Ryman North campaign in the best shape possible.

The Motormen have played three matches so far this summer and enjoyed mixed results.

Ross and fellow boss Ricky Eaton have seen their side beat Harold Wood Athletic 3-2, lose 3-1 to Bowers & Pitsea and draw 2-2 against Tower Hamlets.

Next up for Redbridge is a clash against Barking tonight (Thursday) before facing Newbury Forest on Saturday and Southend Manor next Tuesday (August 4).

Those matches are all in place to get the Motormen ready to host Witham Town at Oakside on the opening day of the season.

“I would rather we lost every match in pre-season from now onwards as long as we were right for the opening day and get a good result because that is all that matters to us,” said Ross.

“The game against Barking will be a good test. They are a very strong team and after that we play on Saturday and Tuesday so we’ve got 10 days to prepare for Witham.

“Barking will be difficult like Bowers was and that is exactly what we want to have.

“We want to be playing matches against tough teams because that is the best way to prepare for the new Ryman North season.”

But what are Redbridge’s specific aims for the upcoming campaign after earning a reprieve to stay in the division last year?

Ross admitted it was hard to say with their squad yet to be finalised completely, adding: “It is all about getting ready for Witham on August 8. We want to have the squad in the right shape by the time we go to Newbury Forest.

“It is difficult to set an aim at the moment with our squad not finalised, but the initial aim is probably to survive.

“At the end of the day we will take it game by game and see where we are after Witham.”

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