Motormen manager Eaton is not going to underestimate Woodford Town’s young side
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 September 2018
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Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton is not underestimating Woodford Town’s young side ahead of their clash this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.
The Motormen will welcome Dee Safer and Neil Day’s side to Oakside Stadium for a Friday night fixture under the lights as both sides look to get points on the board to start climbing up the Essex Senior League table.
Eaton’s side will be looking to build on their 3-2 league victory against Southend Manor at the weekend and also put their 2-1 London Senior Cup defeat to Cockfosters behind them.
“They’re a good side, we played them three times last year and won all three, but none were easy and one we were very fortunate to get the win,” said Eaton.
“I know they’re very keen to come back, be local and be closer to their name, so to speak, but Woodford will be coming down to win the game, there is no doubt about that.
“We know they come with a good presence about them so it will be a hard task for us to get the three points.”
Eaton also praised how Woodford bring youngsters through at Essex Senior League level, adding: “We know they give youngsters a chance to play at this level and they do find some real good young talent.
“I don’t think they’ve had a massive turnaround from last season, although I do know one of their players recently left to join Barking.
“He was one of their main players from last year, a very quick player that played left-back or left wing, so he’ll be a loss to them, but other than that Woodford are Woodford. I know their management team and I know they’re determined to get the best out of the youngsters.”
Eaton also praised their opponents for promoting the match on social media in the hope of drawing in a much bigger crowd.
He added: “Woodford have done some good things this week to try and promote the game with a musical band and with some school kids getting involved, so that’s good of them to try and boost up the attendance.
“Friday night games are always good because anyone who wants to watch a game of football there is not many options about.
“We’re just trying to provide an option for those people that want to see a game on a Friday and a Saturday.”
Redbridge are also set to play host to Walthamstow on Tuesday night.