Redbridge’s SAS partnership wrap up another win
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Nathan Sollosi was in imperious form once more as Redbridge B took another big step towards promotion with a 5-0 demolition of FC Team at Fairlop.
Redbridge began the day knowing that only a win would be enough against FC Team B.
They were facing a completely different FC Team B from the one we comprehensively beat -0 a few weeks ago, and home boss Jon Jacobs told JC Sport: "There must be great strength in depth at FC Team!"
The game kicked off and the pace and movement of Redbridge was a joy to watch. They deservedly took the lead with a low finish from Craig Sandford who has scored in every game he has played for Redbridge since moving from Chigwell.
Chances continued to fall but in fairness, the new look FC Team defence were well marshalled. Sandford was presented with the first of his one-on0ones, but he fluffed his lines deep inside the first half.
Half time saw a 1-0 score which was making everyone nervous as a win was all important to promotion-chasing Redbridge.
The second half picked up where the first had left off with chances falling to all of RJC's forward players - Sandford was obviously missing out on his golf lessons as he tried continually to chip the keeper, but chose the wrong club each time!
The second goal was always going to be decisive and after around 10 minutes of the second half, the aforementioned Sandford settled the game with a goal "only he can score, going up for a 70:30 with the keeper and beating him to the ball with a brave header".
This allowed the technical midfield to take over and dazzle they did. Sam Sollosi and James Berkley were tricky and decisive in their play, but it was time for the younger Sollosi to take over with a fabulous low shot, a sublime finish after great interplay by the whole team and then completing his hat trick with a smart header after a fabulous run and cross by substitute Arron Goldberg - that is 20 goals and nine headers from midfield from Nathan - a fabulous return and surely a shoo-in for MSFL Young Player of the Year award.
Jubilant RJC boss Jon Jacobs told JC Sport: "The second-half performance from my boys was the best I have seen in 12 years of running this team - simple, but magical one touch passing.
"Even the ref complimented my team’s performance - I think he would have preferred to watch the match than referee it!
"That is our 14th league win - one more against Team C on April 13 and we are up.
"It is great that promotion all comes down to our last game when we play the only other team in the league who play football in the right way - it should be a great match, great players all over the park. We look forward to hosting FC Team C."
FC Team player-manager David Gordon told JC Sport: "Jon Jacobs’ comments are rather curious being that the defence that started the game only had one change to it from the game three weeks ago. Perhaps a couple of the boys have had haircuts since the last game and Jon got confused!
"We dug in well for an hour, but unfortunately Redbridge’s youth and pace showed and they dominated the last 30 minutes.
"Redbridge are a good side, with a number of talented players, but I do think it is a shame that they spend a lot of the time trying to gain an advantage wherever possible by throwing or kicking the ball away to waste time or going to ground very easily. Hopefully this will change when some of them get a bit older."