Ross wants Redbridge to build on cup display ahead of long trip to Dereham
PUBLISHED: 14:30 11 March 2016
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Motormen were knocked out of the London Senior Cup this week, but impressed against Hendon
Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross is desperate for his team to show some consistency in the final few months of the Ryman North season.
The Motormen have shipped 126 goals in the league to sit bottom of the table, but have improved at the back over the past week.
After their Essex Senior Cup quarter-final with Tilbury was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch last Thursday, they lost 2-1 at home to Great Wakering Rovers on Saturday.
Ross and Ricky Eaton’s men then put in an excellent display in the London Senior Cup on Tuesday, but lost 1-0 to Hendon in their semi-final at Oakside.
They face a long trip to Norfolk to face Dereham Town this weekend, with Redbridge 10 points from safety.
“I said we need to stop conceding goals and the last two matches we have only let three in,” said Ross.
“Against Great Wakering it could have been even better, we threw the first one away as Callum Chafer slipped, which isn’t like him.
“Defensively we have been a lot stronger this week so hopefully we can keep it tight at Dereham and get the goals at the other end because we need the victories now.”
The Motormen put in one of their best performances for some time against Ryman Premier Division Hendon.
And even though they were beaten, it has given them plenty of confidence ahead of facing the Magpies.
Dereham are unbeaten in their last four matches, though, so will provide tough opposition.
Ross added: “They are a good side, but they are all tough matches for us at the moment. Whether we are playing Dereham or a team down the bottom, it will be difficult.
“If we can reproduce the performance we put in against Hendon hopefully we can get the three points that we desperately need. Of course they still have a chance of getting in the play-offs so they’ll want the win just as much as we do.”
Wakering’s former Redbridge striker Jacob Cleaver scored in the 82nd minute to defeat his old side on Saturday.
Carlos Espirito Santo had equalised to ensure it was level at half time, but the Motormen were left disappointed.
They put in another good cup display, though, and will hope to repeat it when they host Tilbury next Tuesday.
Ross and Eaton have tried to get the fixture played several times, before it was reversed last Thursday so it would be played at Chadfields.
Unfortunately the weather meant it couldn’t go ahead there either, but Redbridge are hoping to get the last eight clash on at Oakside next week.
“Hopefully we can play and it is not off because if it is then it will be reversed back to Tilbury’s ground,” said Ross.
“It was playable at our place last Thursday, but by that time they’d switched it to Chadfields which was waterlogged, so it was a nightmare.
“We’re hoping we get it played and that we can also take the three points on Saturday at Dereham.
“This season we’ve beaten East Thurrock and Southend United in the Essex Senior Cup so that’s a big competition for us and we want to progress.”
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