Eaton happy Redbridge depth shines in Clapton cup win
PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 January 2016
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Joint-boss thrilled fringe players fire Motormen past Tons
Ricky Eaton was pleased the decision to rotate Redbridge’s squad did not cost them as they reached the quarter-finals of the London Senior Cup with a 2-1 win over Clapton.
The Motormen made six changes as they welcomed Tons on a bitterly cold night to Oakside Stadium where the attendance of 151 was boosted by a large away following.
Jay Knight opened the scoring for the hosts midway through the first half before Timi Dorgu added a second five minutes into the second period.
Clapton hit back late on as they successfully converted a penalty after the referee spotted a handball in the box, but Redbridge hung on to progress.
And joint-boss Eaton revealed he was doubly delighted as the Motormen won at home for the first time since December 5 while also giving fringe players some much needed game time.
“We used our squad, so it was good for some of the boys to get a run out and even better to get the win,” said Eaton.
“Credit to Clapton, they wanted to get the game on and while conditions got harder as the match went on, it was played in good spirits and there was a good atmosphere from the away support.
“Overall, we’re very happy to get through and we’re looking forward to the quarter-final.”
Playing a division higher than their opponents, Redbridge were expected to make it through to the last eight of the London Senior Cup.
But they were pushed all the way by Clapton who gave a good account of themselves, but Eaton believs the Motormen did enough to progress past their dogged opponents.
“It was a competitive match, I thought we edged the first half and deserved to lead, and it was important to get the second early in the second half,” he added.
“Clapton kept pressing despite the score and could have had one or two before they were given the penalty, which I though was a bit dubious.
“Thankfully from our point of view, they were unable to find an equaliser and we carry on in the cup.”
Redbridge’s reward in the quarter-finals is a trip to Wingate & Finchley, who are nicely positioned near the top of the Ryman Premier for a promotion push in the second half of ths season.
But Eaton is bullish about his team’s chances of causing an upset and making it through to the semi-finals.
“We seem to raise our game against bigger sides. We’ve already put Southend United and East Thurrock United out of the Essex Senior Cup.
“Wingate are a good team and very organised. They have a fantastic facility over there so it will be great to play them.”
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