Essex Senior League: Redbridge boss Ricky Eaton wants side to remain focused in bid to capture title

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 April 2018

Redbridge joint managers Ricky Eaton and Joe May look on (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint managers Ricky Eaton and Joe May look on (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Redbridge joint-boss Ricky Eaton wants his men to remain focused as they try to close in on the Essex Senior League title.

The Motormen will welcome strugglers Waltham Forest to the Oakside Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to pick up another three vital points as they bid to secure promotion to the Bostik North.

The boss also revealed every match is like a cup final for his side at this stage in the season.

“We’re just looking to get through the games as quickly and as unscathed as possible,” Eaton said. “The more games we get through with maximum points the better the situation we find ourselves in going into the last few.

“All these games come thick and fast and they’re all hard games now as people are fighting to win the league and others are fighting for survival.

“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing now it’s a difficult game, as you see with Hullbridge beating Basildon last week. You can’t take anyone lightly at all, you’ve got to stay focused as every match is like a cup final now.”

Eaton admits they must concentrate and play to their best as Forest are battling to avoid relegation so they will be desperate for the points.

“They’re in the dreaded drop zone and the games are running out for them so they might look at it and think they need two or three wins from their remaining games,” he added.

“They can’t afford to drop any opportunities they have to pick up points.

“They’ll be looking at us and thinking it’s probably one of their hardest fixtures they’ve got to play, but they’ll be going all out for the win.

“We’re going to playing against a real hard team as they’ll be fighting for their lives and we’ll be fighting for the title.”

The former London Bari also believes they’ll be a bit of a unknown quality, adding: “They have had so many changes down there, it’s hard to keep up with what they’ve got, who they’ve got and what they can do to you.

“Ryan Maxwell was there previously so we know what players he’s got available to call upon and they had a really good team back then, so if they get anywhere near that team then we’re in for a hard game.”

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