1st Team - Report
Win at the Abbey
Redbridge made it six away consecutive wins after a 3-1 victory at Waltham Abbey, our goals from Hopkins, Bradbury and Gardner.
Their recent away record was excellent as they had won all five of their previous matches on the road in all competitions. Terrry Spillane named a changed side from the weekend bringing in Danny Hopkins and Joe Gardner for their first starts of the season whilst Nathan Gordon dropped to the bench. Waltham Abbey too were in confident mood after scoring 7 times without replay at the weekend beating Great Wakering Rovers, a result which cost manager Ryan Wilkinson his job.
The match started at a fast pace but with both midfield sides cancelling each other out there was not much in the way of goalmouth action. The first shot of the night came after about 30mins when Steve Cawley fired from about 20 yards out but Adam Rafis in goal got down well to his left to make the save. Redbridge were starting to look more dangerous and Ben Bradbury was causing problems down the left wing whilst Billy Sendall was immense as always at the back.
The deadlock was finally broken justa minure before the break when a Ben Bradbury ball into the box was slotted home by Hopkins who scored his first goal for the club and what a good time it was to score.
Into the 2nd half and Redbridge continued where they left off and it was soon led 2-0. Ryan Murray did well out on the wing and his cross was finally headed home by Bradbury who notched up his sixth goal of the season , Redbridge were now well in control of the match and Waltham Abbey brough on two strikers in hope of getting back into the game.
It was the away side however who scored next when Joe Gardner picked up the ball outside the area following a Murray header and his skill took him past two defenders before he curled a delightful shot into the top corner beating the goalkeeper who had no chance. Soon after Redbridge lost midfielder Lewis Dark who picked up an injury and with all 3 substitutions already on the pitch had to see out the last 15mins with just 10 men.
This did allow the home side back into the game and they were playing their best football of the night which finally resulted in a consolation goal when Ayrton Coley pulled a goal back but it was not to be enough and the Motormen moved up to 12th position in the league.
Redbridge: Adam Rafis, Billy Sendall (Jonathan Wheatstone 65), Tommy Spillane, Aarun Best, Glen Golby, Dan Trenkel (Jamie Haywood 75), Ben Bradbury, Lewis Dark, Ryan Murray (Nathan Gordon 65), Joe Gardner, Danny Hopkins.
Report by Adam Silver