Redbridge co-manager Del Robinson was expecting a heavy defeat against Concord Rangers in the third round of the Ryman League Cup, and that’s exactly what he got.
Concord ran out 9-0 winners to inflict the heaviest defeat in history on the Motormen, but Robinson always had an eye on Saturday’s big clash with fellow strugglers Ilford.
“It’s what I expected, they’re good players and it’s a bit of a lesson. We’re thinking about Saturday really,” said Robinson, following Jason Hallett’s six goals at Oakside, which saw a young Redbridge side thrashed.
The scoring began in the first 30 seconds as Hallett was on the end of Harry Elmes cross which came from a quick-throw.
Just minutes later the lead was doubled as Jerome Walker’s ball into the box was miskicked by a Redbridge defender and fell straight to Hallett, who found the net again.
The ball seemed to be glued to Hallett’s feet when Danny Spendlove’s corner fell to the Beachboys’ number nine who completed his hat-trick just thirty minutes into the game.
Despite Billy Ledine’s efforts in the Motormen’s goal, it was 4-0 five minutes later, another Spendlove corner was met by the head of Elmes whose header was tipped onto the bar by the keeper, but none-other-than Hallett was there to score his and Concord’s fourth.
Hallett looked like scoring every time he touched the ball, although there was a one-off occasion where the striker failed as he hit the post following a low cross into the box by Ade Osifuwa.
A controversial moment came just before half-time as Hallett was played through on goal after a long run by Spendlove until he was clattered by Stephen Ikumelo, but the referee waved away the protests.
Substitute Tony Stokes almost provided a fifth as he flicked the ball onto Walker, who ran through the Redbridge defence and got a shot off but a fantastic save by Ledine denied him.
The travelling supporters didn’t have long to wait though as a fantastic low cross by Osifuwa found Hallett at the far post for his fifth of the game.
With 30 minutes remaining, a short corner by the visitors was played to Spendlove who crossed the ball into the area before Stokes headed the ball past Ledine for 6-0.
It was one-way traffic as Redbridge failed to make the Concord ‘keeper work all game, but matters got worse five minutes later when Ikumelo brought down Stokes in the penalty area. Hallett’s penalty kick was saved by Ledine, but the rebound fell straight to the striker’s feet, gifting him his sixth goal of the match.
Stokes always looked dangerous since coming off the bench and he deserved his second goal of the game as he was fed the ball by Jack Lampe before cutting inside to curl a lovely effort into the far corner of the goal making it 8-0.
The final goal of the game came with just six minutes remaining – Stokes was involved again as the substitute set-up another by squaring the ball across the goal for Billy Knott to finish off what was a thumping victory for Concord Rangers