Redbridge joint-boss Eaton says rivals must ‘come catch’ them in hunt for league title
PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 December 2017
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Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton says the pressure is on the rest of the Essex Senior League to catch his side.
The Motormen currently sit four points clear at the top of the table with just two more matches until the Christmas break.
Eaton’s men are set to travel to strugglers Hullbridge Sports at Lower Road on Saturday (3pm) as they look to make it nine consecutive league wins.
“We have got two games left until the break now, both games could be in doubt due to the adverse weather conditions,” the joint-boss said.
“Forgetting that, we just have to take each game as it comes and get maximum points to put the pressure on the teams chasing us.
“Teams have been trying to put pressure on us, but we’re not looking at it as pressure, we’re seeing it as you have to come catch us.”
Eaton revealed Hullbridge will be a bit of an unknown as they have recently appointed a new manager in the form of Darren Manning.
He added: “We know they’ve had a manager change and a number of personnel changes in players and coaching staff.
“They’re a bit of an unknown quantity because of that, but they played a friendly against Aveley, so we went to watch them and took notes.”
Eaton did admit they know enough about the basement club to set-up a game plan against them and pin-pointed Luca Frankis as a danger man.
He said: “We do know a few of their players from the previous game and we have a base idea of what to expect but with the big turnaround it’s hard to judge.
“They’ve got a couple of players who have stayed at the club all season like Luca up front, he is a handful for them and has done really well so far.
“They have Perry Dunn on loan and we know him very well.”
The Motormen will be forced into a few changes as they will be without the injured Vinny Murphy, while they will also be without captain Eljay Worrell due to suspension, and striker Calvin Poku.
“Eljay has reached five yellow cards so he will have a one match suspension,” said Eaton. “Calvin is not available on Saturday through other commitments, but the players coming in, we have no doubt about their qualities and ability and they can do a job like Eljay or Calvin.”