Two-goal Gent raises Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 10:20 15 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:20 15 March 2015
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Ryman North: Redbridge 2 Tilbury 1
Joe Gent’s first-half brace helped Motormen to three points to pull further clear of the Ryman North relegation zone at Oakside.
Victory took Redbridge seven points clear of Barkingside in 22nd place, who conceded twice late on in a 2-0 defeat at Great Wakering and are now one point adrift of fellow strugglers Romford.
Gent was given an early chance when put clean through but his lobbed effort went wide.
The deadlock was broken soon after, though, as Abs Thompson saw his shot come back off the crossbar and Gent made no mistake with the rebound to score with 12 minutes gone.
Mark Parker made a superb save to keep out Tom Wood’s curling effort at the other end, tipping the ball over, and then came to Redbridge’s rescue once again when keeping out Neil Richmond’s weak penalty.
Motormen made the most of those let-offs as Gent sent a curling effort past Lamar Johnson for his second goal of the game, eight minutes before half time, which ultimately proved decisive.
The home side pushed for a third goal after the restart, but Dockers set up a nervous finale when substitute Jake Pooley pulled a goal back.
Motormen held on during injury time, though, and will look to widen the gap further when they host lowly Cray on Tuesday.
Redbridge: Parker, Tatham, G Winn, Parish, L Thomas, Murphy, Gent, Nougher (Hunt 80), Cockman (McKenzie 84), Damali, Thompson (Bansende 33). Unused subs: Wallace, Scott.
Great Wakering 2 Barkingside 0
Two goals in the last six minutes at Burroughs Park sent Barkingside to their fifth successive defeat.
The manager of the month curse appears to have well and truly hit Matt Frew, who picked up February’s award but has seen his side slip into the bottom three since.
The scoreline remained blank until six minutes from time when Tom Ranger put Rovers ahead.
And the home side made sure of the points in the last minute of normal time when young Barkingside defender Josh Akapka put the ball into his own net.
Side welcome play-off chasing Thurrock to Cricklefield on Monday night.
Barkingside: Clark, Akapka, Ikumelo, Cossington, Waldron, Taylor, Fontaine (Tranter 76), Davie (Kabashi 81), Poku (Weemes 74), Burgess, Francis. Unused subs: Akpele, Pitman.
Ilford 1 London Bari 0
Essex Senior League side Ilford secured their third successive win and fifth in the last seven outings thanks to a solitary goal at Cricklefield Stadium.
New signing Harry Watkins netted a wonder goal to beat London Bari to keep the Foxes in eighth place ahead of their league cup quarter-final tie at Haringey Borough on Tuesday.
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