Eaton impressed by Motormen after Chelmsford defeat

PUBLISHED: 17:17 26 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:18 26 July 2013

Dean Holdsworth

Dean Holdsworth


Ricky Eaton believes his squad is shaping up nicely.

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton admitted he and fellow boss Dave Ross were impressed with their team during Saturday’s 4-3 defeat to Conference South side Chelmsford City at Oakside.

The Motormen found themselves 3-1 up at one point, thanks to goals from Aaron Matthews, Danny Tenkouang and Conor Okus and, despite eventually being defeated by Dean Holdsworth’s team, Eaton took plenty of positives out of the game.

He said: “The boys did very well. Dave Ross and I were really impressed, especially against good opposition in Chelmsford City.

“We caused them lots of problems, we hit the bar and had one cleared off the line.

“We also got in behind them a few times which was pleasing, so from an attacking sense it was very good.

“We could have scored a few more but so could have Chelmsford, they had one cleared off the line, but we were pleased.”

Aaron Matthews’ goal against Chelmsford was his third in two pre-season games so far and Eaton hopes his good goalscoring form continues into the Ryman Division One North season.

“Aaron is doing well,” said the Redbridge joint-manager. “He is getting in all the right areas and continues to score. We just hope that he can carry it on into the new season.”

Redbridge played their third pre-season match last night (Wednesday) against Essex Olympian side Harold Hill.

Eaton spoke about the importance of that match but admitted the home friendly on Saturday against Ryman Premier team East Thurrock, will be the tougher test.

He added: “Both games we are looking forward to, but obviously the East Thurrock one will be tougher.

“Both are about players getting minutes under their belts but we look forward to the Harold Hill game as much as the East Thurrock match.”

Eaton has also commented on his side’s opening Ryman Division One North fixtures.

He said: “I wasn’t too fussed, to be honest, because you have got to play everyone home and away at some point. We have a tough fourth game, it’s an away match that is midweek against Needham Market.

“That will be a long old trip but we are happy with the opening fixtures.”

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