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Redbridge hope for Christmas cheer this festive season

Stephen Good (blue) scored twice for Redbridge in their 3-1 win over Aveley on Saturday. Pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO Stephen Good (blue) scored twice for Redbridge in their 3-1 win over Aveley on Saturday. Pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO

Thursday, December 19, 2013
5:30 PM

The Christmas period is an excellent opportunity for Redbridge to close the gap to the Ryman One North play-off places, according to joint boss Ricky Eaton.

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The Motormen are seven points adrift of the coveted fifth place and face three sides currently in the bottom six over the festive period – Erith and Belvedere on Saturday, followed by local rivals Barkingside and Waltham Forest.

But Eaton won’t be taking any game lightly.

“The games come thick and fast so it’s a massive opportunity to pick up a lot of points in a short period of time,” he said.

“But no games in this division are easy. Those clubs will be scrapping for their lives and looking to pick up points to move away from the relegation zone.

“We’ve also got a lot of injuries and suspensions, and had three academy boys on the bench against Harlow. But we still gave a good account of ourselves.”

The Motormen lost 1-0 at Harlow to go out of the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday. Former player Alex Read scored the only goal for the Essex outfit, who had James Smith sent off for stamping.

But they got back on track in the league on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Aveley.

Defender Steve Good popped up with two early goals to put the Motormen in command, before Kyle Asante halved the deficit for Justin Gardner’s side.

Top scorer Daniel Charge smashed a shot in off the bar, his 14th goal of the season to clinch the points.

Eaton said: “It’s disappointing to go out of the cup, we want to win every game and gave a good account of ourselves against a strong side.

“But I was really pleased with how we responded to a couple of setbacks against Aveley. We owed them one after they scored an injury-time winner at Oakside in August and we knew it was going to be a tough game.

“It was great to see the goals spread around and Daniel Charge is on fire, so things are coming together.”

Meanwhile, the Burnham Ramblers game on December 3, which was abandoned in second-half stoppage time with the score tied at two apiece, has since been declared the full time result, meaning both teams pick up a point.

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