Eaton expects difficult game at league leaders

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 February 2016

Redbridge joint-managers Dave Ross (left) and Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-managers Dave Ross (left) and Ricky Eaton (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Motormen looking to bounce back after suffering five-goal defeat to rivals Romford

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton admits they are struggling with injuries ahead of their clash with Ryman North leaders Sudbury this weekend.

The Motormen make the long trip to Suffolk to play on the King’s Marsh 3G surface.

And after playing in horrible conditions on Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Romford, and having their Essex Senior Cup quarter-final tie with Tilbury postponed on Tuesday, Redbridge at least know they will play on a good surface this weekend.

But Eaton revealed his side will be missing some key men, he said: “They are top and we are bottom, so it was always going to be a difficult match regardless of our last result.

“Injuries and suspensions mean we are down to the bare bones for the trip. Charlie Parish is still out after his red card recently.

“Michael Akande has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee problem and AJ Adelekan is set for a couple of weeks out, so we are missing a lot of players.”

The Motormen will be keen to respond after being heavily beaten by Boro on Saturday at their Oakside home.

It was a crucial match for both clubs with Redbridge looking to pick up points and close the gap between themselves and safety.

Unfortunately, after the away side opened the scoring in the 40th minute, it was virtually one-way traffic. Charlie Portway pulled one back for Ross and Eaton’s men, but they ended up well beaten.

After facing Sudbury this weekend, they switch attention to the Essex Senior Cup again and are set to welcome Tilbury to Oakside on Tuesday, with the winners away to Heybridge.

Redbridge are already in the last four of the London Senior Cup and Eaton added: “It is a good opportunity to reach the semi-finals of another county cup competition.

“Obviously it is quite rare that a team achieves that, especially when they’re battling relegation like we are.”

But the main focus for the Motormen will be trying to bring back some kind of reward from Sudbury on Saturday.

They can take solace from local rivals and fellow relegation candidates Barkingside, who only lost 1-0 to the league leaders on February 13.

Eaton said: “That was quite a surprising result because we thought Barkingside would get beat heavily at Sudbury having seen both play just before that.

“We are the ones that need to go there and nullify their threat now, but we can take something from the fact one of our rivals did it so well recently.”

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