Wall halts Redbridge as Millers claim late victory
PUBLISHED: 09:41 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:41 14 August 2013
Ryman One North: Redbridge 1 Aveley 2
Ross Wall’s 93rd minute winner broke Redbridge hearts as Aveley came away with all three points from Oakside last night.
But joint boss Ricky Eaton was pleased with the character shown by his side to put in an improved performance after Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Erith & Belvedere.
“Football can be a cruel game sometimes, the boys put in a great effort,” said Eaton.
“We are more disappointed for the boys than anything because they put in such a good shift and compared to Saturday’s game we couldn’t have asked for much more. We’ve gone out there and really worked our socks off.”
It was a keenly-contested match with both teams reduced to 10 men but it was the visitors who took all three points after late drama.
Leslie Thompson had put Ricky Eaton and Dave Ross’ side in front after he converted Jack Carlisle’s 39th minute cross
Redbridge remained in front at the break but had goalkeeper Dean Driscoll to thank for keeping it that way early in the second half when he saved Junior Appiah’s fierce effort following Luke Wilson’s long throw.
But the game changed on the hour mark as Redbridge right back Bostry Bansende was sent off for his second bookable offence and left the hosts up against it.
The Millers did make the most of their numerical advantage as half time substitute Anton Stephenson headed past an onrushing Driscoll to level matters 19 minutes from time
Just four minutes had passed though when Justin Gardner’s side were also reduced to 10 men when Appiah received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
His dismissal meant the winger had been sent off for his second successive game in a Millers shirt, after seeing red in their play-off semi-final loss to Maldon & Tiptree last season.
But just as the game appeared to be heading for a draw, a fine cross-field ball from Wilson found right back Michael Begg who played a lovely ball in and Wall was unmarked at the back post to tap in his fourth goal in two appearances to give the Millers an unlikely victory.
Redbridge: Driscoll, Bansende, Worrell, Smith, Thomas, Aiken, Carlisle, Damali (Fontaine 64), Charge (Docker 68), Henty (Jaffa 83).
Unused substitutes: Wilson-Jones, Matthews.
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