Stiff Needham Market test ahead for Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 October 2013

Redbridge managers Dave Ross (right) and Ricky Eaton (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Redbridge managers Dave Ross (right) and Ricky Eaton (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Redbridge joint manager Dave Ross believes his side will be coming up against the best the Ryman One North he’s seen this season when they face an unbeaten Needham Market on Saturday at Oakside.

Ross was in attendance as the Marketmen drew 1-1 with Aveley at Mill Field on Monday night to keep up their 11-game unbeaten start to the season.

And the Oakside chief knows with the likes of former Colchester United midfielder Kem Izzet amongst their ranks, it means the Motormen will be up against it at the weekend.

“I haven’t seen the league leaders VCD yet this season, but I thought Needham Market were the best I’ve seen to date on Monday night.

“We will have to be at our very best to get something out of the game that’s for sure and with the likes of Izzet and Sam Newson, who has scored plenty of goals in this division we are in for a very tough match.

“They are having a good FA Cup run as well so we know they are a very well organised side.”

Ross saw his side progress into the second round of the London Senior Cup and a date with Ryman Premier side Kingstonian after a 4-2 win over Cockfosters on Tuesday night.

The Motormen used the chance to look at some of their fringe players and Ross was pleased to come out on top in a game they dominated with Daniel Charge netting twice, while Emiel Aiken and Danny Tenkorang were also on the scoresheet.

“We conceded two sloppy goals early on, but apart from that it was a good performance,” he added.

“We took the chance to look at a few of the boys who haven’t had regular action and they all played well.”

They had gone into the match off the back of a 3-2 league defeat to Cheshunt on Saturday, while after this weekend’s encounter with Needham Market, they face another tricky league tie at home to Maldon & Tiptree on Tuesday, who are managed by former Redbridge boss Terry Spillane.

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