Highlights: Double victorious Motormen

By Ian Townsend

Redbridge defeat first Basildon United and then Grays Athletic

Essex Senior Cup winners Redbridge were back on their own patch as they started a run of four home fixtures in a week! The Motormen welcomed Basildon United to the Oakside Stadium, looking to improve upon their fifteenth place- and with one defeat in five, and that cup win, won’t have been short on confidence. They went ahead after just sixteen minutes, Lewis Clarke’s eighth of the season, and that was that- the Motormen up to fourteenth. That’s one point from five matches for the Bees.

Redbridge next welcomed Grays Athletic to Oakside, but as it turned out, on the pitch at least they weren’t all that welcoming! This was the second of four home games in a row for the Motormen, who won the first of those against Basildon United on Tuesday night, and they made it one defeat from seven and five unbeaten by giving their visitors something of a thumping.

The hosts went ahead on twenty four minutes, a foul on Lewis Clark giving Jack Chawner the chance to convert from the spot- and seeing Athletic defender Alejandro Machado dismissed for a rather daft challenge. Within four minutes it was two-nil, Tendai Quamina capitalising on a defensive error and delivering a beautiful chip over the keeper to double his sides advantage. The third arrived six minutes before the break, Chawner finishing well from distance, and although Charlie Stimson quickly got a gal back from the spot the visitors made sure eight minutes into the second half, Soumen Nandi picking his spot from just inside the box.

Athletic defeated the Motormen as recently as March 16th, so revenge was both speedy and sweet.

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