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Redbridge eager to continue good start as they return to host Tons and Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 14:40 06 September 2018

Calvin Poku of Redbridge netted a brace against Tower Hamlets (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Calvin Poku of Redbridge netted a brace against Tower Hamlets (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Redbridge return to Essex Senior League action after two weeks without a league fixture and face two home matches in the space of four days.

The Motormen welcome local rivals Clapton to the Oakside Stadium on Saturday as they look to continue their positive start to the new campaign despite playing such few games.

And Ricky Eaton and Joe May’s side will be keen to build on their 1-0 victory against FC Clacton in the BBC Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday.

Calvin Poku sealed his side’s progress in the county cup with a ninth-minute winner to earn them a place in the next round against Stanway or Stansted.

But they now face a tough test against the Tons who have also got off to a strong start and will be hoping to be pushing at the top end of the table this campaign.

Redbridge will also play a second home game on Tuesday evening when they welcome neighbours Barkingside for a local derby.

Elsewhere, Woodford Town will have a blank weekend after crashing out of the FA Vase this week and also being out of the FA Cup already this season.

Dee Safer’s side crashed out of the Vase after a 3-1 replay defeat to Clapton at Harlow on Tuesday evening after drawing the original tie 1-1 on the weekend.

Woodford took the lead at their adopted home of the Harlow Arena, but Clapton hit back to lead 2-1 at the break and added a third in the second half to be sure of progress.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men late on as the Tons took the £550 prize money on offer.

In the original tie Town assistant manager Neil Day was left bemused by a controversial penalty at the Old Spotted Dog which allowed Clapton to force the replay.

A first-half Temi Babola strike seemed to be steering The Woods through on a bumpy surface, before Clapton were awarded a stoppage-time spot-kick.

Woods keeper Alex Reed guessed the right way but Day felt the ball struck the right hand upright and rebounded back to Steven Sardinhia, who had taken the spot kick and duly took two more touches, before slipping the ball into an unguarded net.

But Woodford appeals were ignored by the officials and they went on to fall short in the replay and will now have to focus back on the league campaign.

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