Ross wants cup win to boost Redbridge’s survival bid

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 March 2016

Redbridge joint-managers Dave Ross (left) and Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-managers Dave Ross (left) and Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Motormen joint-boss believes making final of London Senior Cup could help club turn a corner

Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross knows victory in their London Senior Cup semi-final at home to Hendon tonight could provide the Motormen with the spark they need to revitalise their season.

The Oakside Stadium club head into tonight’s clash with the Ryman Premier outfit bottom of the Ryman North, eight points adrift of safety with eight games to go in the season.

By contrast, they have been impressive in the knock-out competitions this season, reaching the last four of both the London Senior Cup and the Essex Senior Cup, where they are due to host Tilbury next Tuesday.

And Ross believes a triumph against the Greens tonight will help Redbridge achieve their target of remaining in the Ryman North, thought he knows it will not be easy.

“It’s a game that we’de love to win, but we know that it will be difficult because Hendon have been in good form recently,” said Ross.

“We have beaten the likes of Southend United, East Thurrock United and Wingate & Finchley in the cups this season, so we do have the belief that we can do it.

“We have a few players out which will make it even harder for us, but there is no pressure on us so we can relax and get a win that will be great for morale heading back to our league campaign.”

The Motormen head into tonight’s cup clash on the back of their seventh straight defeat in the league, going down 2-1 at home to Great Wakering Rovers.

Redbridge fell behind in just the second minute to a goal from Jay Nash, but Carlos Espirito Santo equalised nine minutes before half time to send the sides into the break level.

Ross and his team, though, were haunted by a former player as Jacob Cleaver struck in the 82nd minute to grab a late win for Rovers to leave the Motormen at the foot of the football, leaving the hosts wondering where to go now.

“Morale isn’t at the bottom, but it is hard to give the boys belief when they give it their all every week and still can’t get a win,” added Ross.

“Maybe we haven’t been getting the rub of the green this season, and while they say the league doesn’t lie, the cup runs we’ve give an alternative view.

“We just have to keep going and try to win every game we play until the end of the season. We won’t go through the motions, that’s for sure.”

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