Essex Senior League: Redbridge disappointed to suffer defeat at Hullbridge Sports concedes Ricky Eaton

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 September 2016

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton look on (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Redbridge joint managers Dave Ross and Ricky Eaton look on (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Two early injuries didn’t help Motormen’s cause at Lower Road, but they were beaten 2-1 by the early pace setters

Ricky Eaton admitted Redbridge were disappointed to leave Hullbridge Sports with no Essex Senior League points.

The Motormen made the trip to Lower Road and conceded after just five minutes through Matt Brinklow before DJ Adelekan equalised in first half stoppage time.

Sports went 2-1 ahead in the 54th minute thanks to a Jimmy Cox goal and it remained that way despite a valiant effort from the visitors who lost two players in the first half through injury.

Eaton, who was announced as chairman of the Oakside club last Wednesday, said: “It was a very close game.

“It could have gone either way so we are disappointed we didn’t take anything from it.

“Two early injuries disrupted the team and we had to make a couple of substitutes in the first half.

“With every training session we do and match we play, we feel we are improving and getting closer to where we want to be.”

Redbridge started the campaign with three consecutive defeats, but were on a three-match unbeaten run prior to last night’s fixture at Lower Road.

Dave Ross and Eaton’s side believe they are nearly where they should be after a tricky start to the new campaign, which has seen them take eight points from eight league fixtures this year.

“We always knew the start of the season was two or three weeks to early for us, but we are nearly where we want to be now,” said the Motormen chairman.

“Last night we saw a lot of improvement and we were unlucky in terms of the injury problems we had.

“Congratulations to Hullbridge Sports on the three points though and we’re looking forward to next time.”

For more on Eaton becoming Redbridge’s new chairman and replacing Jim Chapman, see tomorrow’s Recorder.

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