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Redbridge deny Scrabble at the death

Scrabble FC and Redbridge C finished their respective seasons with an exciting 3-3 draw.

    Scrabble’s nightmare injury list eased slightly as they welcomed back three players who had been out for months. With the defence also strengthened by the return of seasoned campaigners Tony Gold at centre back and Adam Solomons in goal, and the attack boosted by the return of Adam Waters and Sam Alberman making his debut, Scrabble looked stronger as a unit and took the lead on 12 minutes with a brilliant solo effort from young Zac Summerfield.

    It took only three minutes for Scrabble to double their advantage as young full-back Oli Richardson scored with a shot after a forward run into the penalty box.

    Redbridge narrowed the gap after dominating the latter stages of the first half on 43 minutes to make it 2-1.

    After a strong half-time talk from manager Ray Abrahams about losing control of the game, Scrabble responded well and on 65 minutes after again dominating play, a five-man passing move ended with Zak McLeod firing home from inside the box to make it 3-1.

    Scrabble had several chances to put the game beyond Redbridge’s reach in both halves but wasted efforts in the second half and let Redbridge back in the game. The east Londoners scored a second on 75 minutes, to make it 2-3, and set up a grandstand finish.

    Then in the dying moments of added time, having just missed an open goal to make it 4-2, Scrabble had to defend a set-piece which went into a ruck of players before the Redbridge striker poked his toe at the ball as it bounced off the inside of the post to equalise and make it 3-3

    There was just time to kick off as the ref blew for time to sum up a frustrating season for the Scrabble squad.

    RJC's goals came through Lee Cutler, Dan Gordon and Steve Summers.

    Scrabble manager Ray Abrahams told JC Sport: "“To concede so deep into added time was a blow for us and just about summed up this rollercoaster of a season for our squad.

    "But we looked stronger today and I can’t fault the boys for the effort as they all gave 100 per cent to try and get the win to end our season on a high.

    "To be honest, we should have wrapped up the game in the first half and had we been more clinical in front of goal today in both halves we would be looking at three points now instead of one. If you don’t take your chances it costs and you don’t win football matches.

    "Now the season is over we will regroup over the summer and be back stronger next time out.

    "There were lots of positives to take out of the game today and reflecting on the season, we have retained our place in Division One which we are pleased about but next season as we did this one we want to bring in a few new faces to the squad to freshen things up and our target once again next season will be promotion to the Premier Division as a priority.”

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