Essex Senior League: Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton frustrated with missed chances in Clapton defeat

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 November 2016

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Motormen have been recognised as FA Charter Standard Club recently much to the delight of Oakside’s chairman and manager

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton was frustrated they failed to take their chances at home to Clapton in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

The Motormen lost a 4-3 thriller with Tons despite taking the lead through an own-goal before Jacob Dingli and Lee Weemes netted.

Clapton scored the winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time to leave the Oakside club unhappy.

Eaton said: “It was a good day, though the result wasn’t what we wanted. Both teams missed a lot of chances.

“We had a lot of opportunities to score when it was 3-3 and it cost us because Clapton took their chances.

“It was a great game for a neutral and everybody enjoyed the occasion, but a draw would have been fair.

“Even the Clapton guys said the same, but fair play to them because they took their chances and we didn’t.”

A positive for Redbridge, however, was the confirmation recently that they are now an FA Charter Standard Club.

Eaton, who is joint-manager alongside Dave Ross and also chairman at Oakside, is delighted with the news.

He added: “It is really good we have been confirmed as a Charter Standard Club. It has been ongoing for a while.

“It was essentially a case of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s and it came through last week so we’re delighted.

“We have a lot of aims and ambitions to make Redbridge a better place for everyone and not just the players.

“I want it to be better for fans and opposition teams so being a Charter Standard Club will help us improve.”

Motormen were disappointed to lose out on Saturday, though can reflect on a fine run of form recently.

Ross and Eaton’s team have won eight of their last 15 matches in the division despite the defeat to Clapton.

After a difficult start to the campaign, they now sit 11th in the table and just five points off sixth place.

“We have only lost three of our last 15 matches in the league and November was a great month for us,” said Eaton.

“Other than the Clapton defeat and a draw at Burnham Ramblers, we didn’t drop any points, which is pleasing.

“We are in a strong position and we have a good squad now. We were actually a bit weak for Saturday.

“A couple of people dropped out before the match, which we were disappointed with, but it happens at this level.”

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