Dominant Redbridge stroll to victory
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Scott Oldstein and Nathan Sollosi kept Redbridge B within two points of top spot following a hard-earned win over Faithfold B.
Redbridge arrived at Chase Lodge knowing that three points were the only requirement from the game. Having been denied a rescheduling of their postponed game against Raiders, Jon Jacobs urged his troops to put the "controversial" decision behind them and show the league who is really the top team.
Starting the match without their mercurial leader Darren Brown, 39-year-old veteran Amir Nathan was drafted in to marshall the defence alongside Jordan Sapler.
RJC's central midfield trio took a hold of the game with chances coming for Jacobs out wide and Jimmy Castle from inside the penalty box.
Redbridge just kept pressing and turning the Faithfold team, but their first goal came in unusual circumstances. A hopeful cross from Jimmy Castle found its way through and there was Oldstein to loop a powerful header past the keeper.
A goal to the good at half-time and playing some beautiful football on an awful pitch, the second goal took 15 minutes to arrive. A free-kick driven in by Sam Rank found a perfect bullet header finish from the game’s outstanding player, Nathan Sollosi.
The Faithfold keeper kept the score respectable, but "only one team were playing the football today and that was the team from the East," according to RJC boss Jacobs.
He went on to say: "We have seven cup finals left - seven wins and promotion will be ours.
"We understand Raiders were too scared to play us again - we hope they win the league and realise they won it off the pitch and not on it."