Ross wants Redbridge to have memorable season!
PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 March 2016
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Motormen are battling relegation but could book spot in cup final next week
Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross is hoping Heybridge Swifts will be sick of the sight of his team this time next week.
The Motormen secured their place in the last four of the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday with a penalty shoot-out victory over Ryman North rivals Tilbury.
And that means they will now face Swifts twice over the next seven days. They host Heybridge at Oakside in the league with Ross and Ricky Eaton’s side desperate to pick up all three points.
Then Motormen make the trip to Scraley Road on Tuesday to decide who will meet Concord Rangers in the final of the Essex Senior Cup at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground next month.
“We’re looking forward to Saturday and hopefully beating Heybridge, which will be a hard task for us,” said Ross.
“In the league we are struggling massively, but they are as well and if we are to have any chance of survival then we must take three points this weekend.
“No doubt it is a must-win situation and hopefully if we do that then we can go into Tuesday’s game with the same kind of confidence.
“It would be lovely to reach a cup final and would probably go down in history if we do that and get relegated in the same year. Hopefully that won’t happen and we can stay up, but it is going to be a hard battle.”
Redbridge are 12 points from safety in Ryman North after losing 5-0 at Dereham Town. But the disappointment of that result was quickly dispelled in midweek against Tilbury.
Joe Gent put the Motormen in front after 15 minutes, before the visitors levelled just before half time at Oakside.
Carlos Espirito Santo was given a second yellow card six minutes into the second half, but Redbridge’s 10 men battled on brilliantly and took the game to penalties.
And they held their nerve in the shoot-out as Callum Chafer saved Tilbury’s first spot-kick and the hosts scored their first three.
When Emiel Aiken put his effort wide for the Dockers, it gave young James Holland the chance to send Motormen into the last four.
Holland didn’t disappoint and a delighted Ross added: “We seem to play everybody with black and white stripes at the moment! It was Dereham on Saturday, then Tilbury on Tuesday.
“Now it is Heybridge twice over the next week, so I’ll be sleeping and seeing back and white stripes.
“Heybridge are a decent side and we will not underestimate them at all and I’m sure they will not underestimate us.
“If we can go out and perform like we have against Tilbury, there is no reason why we can’t beat them, but the boys need to do that because they have been too inconsistent this season.”
Ross admits he and Eaton have a nice dilemma before facing Swifts in the league on Saturday.
He added: “We’ve got a selection issue now because we had Charlie Portway, John Burgess and a few others missing on Tuesday. They’re back this weekend so we have a nice problem to solve.”