Essex Senior League: Redbridge’s Dave Ross striving for better next season
PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 April 2017
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Motormen return to competitive action on Good Friday after lengthy break, but did play Hornchurch in friendly last week
Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross knows the Oakside-based club must have greater consistency next season in the Essex Senior League.
The Motormen have endured an up and down campaign after suffering relegation from the Ryman North last April.
Although Redbridge have won 15 times in 39 games, they’ve lost on 17 occasions and haven’t played competitively for two-and-a-half weeks.
“You don’t mind playing three games in a week if you are winning, but if you are on a bad run you don’t want to obviously,” said Ross, when contemplating how usually at this stage of the season clubs have a backlog of matches.
“When you are in form you want the fixtures to come thick and fast, so it is something we have to deal with.
“Our main problem this season has been our inconsistency because one week we are talking about a brilliant performance and the next week it is the opposite.
“Looking ahead to next year that is something Ricky (Eaton) and I have got to make sure we cut out. We have to be more consistent.”
A glance at Redbridge’s recent results highlights how true the comments by Ross are as the Motormen won 2-0 at home to Basildon United on March 21.
But four days later they suffered a 3-1 loss to the same opposition at the Stuart Bingham Stadium.
Redbridge’s last game occurred on March 28 in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and they were edged out by Barking in a five-goal thriller.
It was another encouraging display, although one they need to make sure is replicated more often next season.
Ross added: “We haven’t played since the Barking game and I actually thought we deserved to at least take the tie to penalties.
“We had a midweek match recently with Hornchurch and that helped keep the lads ticking over during the time off.
“It finished 2-1 to them, but it was a good exercise for both clubs and I always enjoy playing Jimmy McFarlane’s teams.”
The friendly encounter last Wednesday (April 5) enabled Redbridge to blow off any cobwebs after a lengthy absence away from the pitch.
But Ross admitted most of their squad are relatively fit anywhere, so they shouldn’t be rusty on Good Friday at home to Waltham Forest.
“It was quite a chilled game, but our lads still put the effort in and so did their players as well,” he said.
“Second half we both made changes and they brought on a couple of young lads, but I think it was a worthwhile exercise.
“It benefited us and I think they went on to win 1-0 on Saturday at Waltham Abbey, so it probably helped them as well.”