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Essex Senior League: Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton ready for testing clash at Takeley

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 August 2017

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Both the Motormen and Takeley have made fine starts to the season and Eaton is expecting a tough tie this weekend

Sipho Mtyanda netted his first goal for Redbridge in the FA Cup success against Stansted on Saturday (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Sipho Mtyanda netted his first goal for Redbridge in the FA Cup success against Stansted on Saturday (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton says his team are determined to halt Takeley’s perfect start to the season when the sides meet in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

The two clubs meet at Station Road this weekend, with Takeley having won all three of their games in both the league and FA Cup so far this term.

The Motormen have also started brightly, taking four points from their opening two league games and beating divisional rivals Stansted 3-1 in the FA Cup extra preliminary round last weekend.

But Eaton is aware this weekend is set to be a tough clash between two teams fancied to challenge near the top of the table this term.

“Takeley are one of the favourites for the title this year and they’ve won every game so far, in the league and the cup,” he said.

“The target for us on Saturday is to bring their winning run to an end by taking something from the game.”

In the cup win over Stansted last weekend, summer signing Sipho Mtyanda netted his first competitive goal for Redbridge.

The midfielder arrived in the summer from Ilford and has also featured in the division for Barking, netting regularly for both teams.

And Eaton is hopefully Mtyanda can continue that form in front of goal with his new club the Motormen this term.

“Hopefully Sipho can continue to get among the goals for us and he’s shown at his previous clubs he can score plenty,” added the joint-boss.

“The pleasing aspect is he has scored early on in his career for us, so hopefully that will give him confidence going forward.”

Following Saturday’s clash, Redbridge face a quick turnaround with the Oakside Stadium club set to visit Enfield on Monday night.

Eaton said: “We have to be smart with our squad selection for that game and it’s already been a hectic start to the season.

“In all likelihood, we’ll probably have to make a few changes from Saturday for Monday and the 3G pitch will also be a factor.”

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