Eaton: Redbridge can clean up against Suds

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 January 2016

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

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

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Joint-boss says Motormen can play without fear against Ryman North leaders Sudbury

It’s a case of top versus bottom in Ryman North as relegation threatened Redbridge host title hopefuls Sudbury on Saturday.

While the Motormen have been struggling for form near the foot of the table all season, the Suds have been flying high.

On paper, there looks to be only one winner at Oakside Stadium this weekend, but Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton believes his team can spring a surprise.

“We have to work hard and have no fear. Because of where they are, the pressure is all on them and we have nothing to lose,” he said.

“In the position we’re in, whenever you can take points off a team near the top it’s a bonus.

“There’s little between the teams in this league and we’ve seen before anyone can beat anyone, so we’ll draw on that.”

It’s likely to be another busy day for the Redbridge keeper as the league’s worst defensive record comes up against the side at the top.

Sam Sargeant wore the gloves last Saturday as the Motormen lost 1-0 at Great Wakering Rovers.

But Callum Chafer was between the sticks on Tuesday as Redbridge beat Clapton in the London Senior Cup.

Regardless of who is wearing the number one jersey on Saturday, Eaton is fully aware they will be in for a busy afternoon.

“When you come up against a team at the top, you always expect your keeper will be involved,” added Eaton.

“Sudbury have been in good form while we’ve been in bad form, but it’s time we turned it around.

“There’s been a few shock results with teams dropping points and while Sudbury haven’t dropped many, we hope they do Saturday.”

Chafer was one of six changes the Motormen made for the game against Tons, which they won 2-1 to set up a quarter-final clash with Wingate & Finchley.

Jay Knight opened the scoring for the hosts midway through the first half as he coolly slotted the ball into the net.

Skipper Timi Dorgu added a second for Redbridge five minutes into the second half which all but ended the match as a contest.

To their credit, Clapton continued to battle hard and scored a penalty to set up a nervous finale.

But Redbridge were able to cling on for a first home win since beating league rivals Waltham Abbey at the start of December.

And Eaton was pleased with the impact made by the players who came into the side, adding they may well have forced themselves into the squad for Saturday.

“It’s always pleasing to see the strength in depth we have and those players have given us a few selection headaches.

“We know we have good players here so hopefully they can continue to come good for us this season.

“Even regulars like Timi and Jay got the goals so it was nice to see them get on the scoresheet.”

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