Ross sure of Great trip for Motormen

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 January 2016

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Oakside outfit have Ryman clash this weekend before hosting Clapton next Tuesday

After their Ryman North match last weekend was postponed, Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross is confident his team will get back to playing on Saturday.

The Motormen make the trip to Great Wakering Rovers, who managed to get their fixture on last week despite rain ruining most matches in the division.

Burroughs Park has a good drainage system and Ross (right) expects his team to play for just the second time in 2016.

Redbridge are 23rd at the moment after their game with Thamesmead Town on Saturday was called off due to Oakside’s waterlogged pitch.

A victory this weekend could see them move out of the drop zone, though, and Ross said: “I think it will definitely be on.

“The weather conditions aren’t too bad now and it is a good pitch over there. They have a good drainage system, so it should be fine.

“Great Wakering have just signed Kris Newby and another player recently so that has strengthened them up, but we’ve signed a few people as well.”

The capture of Newby is an impressive one considering his prolific past in the Ryman Premier with East Thurrock.

Despite that, Ross is looking for his Redbridge team to pick up their first league triumph since beating Waltham Abbey on December 5.

He added: “We definitely want to try and get three points, but we know it’ll be a difficult game because they have strengthened now, just at the wrong time from our point of view because Newby is a very decent player at this level.

“We are improving, though, and these are the kind of matches that we target.

“Unfortunately we do have a couple missing this weekend, Paulius Ditkevicius is away and Jamie Alexandrou won’t be involved, so that doesn’t help.”

Redbridge are also set to host Essex Senior League outfit Clapton in the second round of the London Senior Cup on Tuesday (January 19).

The Tons, despite playing in the division below the Motormen, have a huge fan base and if they come to Oakside next week, it would help the Ryman North club.

“Potentially it could be good for us, they might bring around 100 supporters so it would be great financially for the club if they did,” added Ross.

“It is nice to be in these cups and we won’t be taking them lightly because they’ll want to progress and Clapton have a good side too. We will be making sure we prepare properly for the game.”

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