Boss Eaton delighted by Motormen’s progression

PUBLISHED: 14:31 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:32 08 November 2013

Redbridge skipper Daniel Smith. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Redbridge skipper Daniel Smith. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Redbridge were left cursing a defensive mix-up which denied them three points at home to promotion rivals Thurrock on Saturday,

A win would have seen the Motormen move up to third in Ryman One North but they led for less than a minute at Oakside following skipper Daniel Smith’s opener.

Smith’s bundled effort after 45 minutes looked to have given Redbridge a half-time lead but as they were still celebrating, Thurrock went right up the other end to equalise through Bradley Warner.

Co-manager Ricky Eaton said: “I don’t think it was a lack of concentration which cost us, it was just a mix-up between the full-back and goalkeeper. There was a lack of communication.

“It could have been easily dealt with. It was more eagerness to make sure we went in to half-time in the lead.”

Although the home side were disappointed a late penalty shout for a challenge on Daniel Tenkorang was turned away, the point did see Redbridge extend their run to one defeat in nine Ryman One North games, and none in the last four.

But the tough games keep on coming, as the Oakside outfit travel to second-place Witham Town this weekend, two points and three places above them in the league table.

The Essex side have played four games less and have lost just one game all season in Ryman One North, away at Waltham Abbey.

Eaton is delighted though with the way the team is progressing in what he sees as a competitive division.

He said: “They’re a decent team but so are we. Almost every game in this division is a difficult one. This is brand new team and we’re up there challenging which is all you can really ask for.

“The run we’re on is massively positive for us and we’re moving in the right direction, if we get in the play-offs that would represent an excellent season.”

Redbridge had been due to play Burnham Ramblers at Oakside on Tuesday night but the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and has been rescheduled for December 3.

And a date has been set for the Motormen’s London Senior Cup second round clash against Kingstonian – the Ryman Premier side will visit Redbridge on 
November 19.

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