Ross threatens to wield the axe

REDBRIDGE boss Dave Ross has warned his players they re playing for their places after another humiliating defeat, writes Ben Welch.

REDBRIDGE boss Dave Ross has warned his players they're playing for their places after another humiliating defeat, writes Ben Welch.

The Motormen have shipped 12 goals in three games, with their latest defensive punishment coming courtesy of a rampant Lowestoft Town side.

The Trawler Boys hit five past Redbridge at Oakside on Saturday, reaffirming their supremacy at the summit of Ryman League Division One North.

The Motormen are fifth from bottom heading into Saturday's trip to mid-table Wingate & Finchley.

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Ross has called on his players to step up to the plate and prove their worth. "Our defensive record from the last three games is dreadful," blasted Ross.

"We have played some very strong sides, but it's not good enough and if results continue to go the way they are, I'm going to have to make dramatic changes.

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"We held our own against Lowestoft, but we capitulated at the end and defensive mistakes cost us.

"The back four has come in for a lot of criticism, but this is a team game and everyone has to take responsibility."

A sublime free kick in the seventh minute from Lowestoft's Scott Mitchell started the goal feast against Redbridge.

The score remained 1-0 until the 60th minute when Matt Nolan added his name to the scoresheet.

In the final 10 minutes the Motormen crumbled, conceding a further three goals, with a brace from Dale Cuckrill and a further strike from Matt Halliday piling on the misery.

"We've got to keep fighting and tighten things up. It's up to the players to dig deeper. They're a capable bunch, but they have to communicate better and fight for each other," urged Ross.

"I want a reaction from the players against Wingate & Finchley. I believe in them."

Last night (Wednesday) Redbridge travelled to Brimsdown Rovers for their London Cup tie.

Redbridge: McCartney, Alder, Peddie, Adams, Habu, Ashby, Cole (Edmunds 69), Gillingham, Georgiou (Ross 76), Read, Diaczuk. Subs: Durrell, Laxton, Nougher.

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