Essex Senior League: Redbridge hope FA Cup run takes off against Stansted
PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 August 2017
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Motormen begin cup campaign in extra preliminary round against divisonal rivals Airportmen on Saturday
Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton admits Saturday’s opponents in the FA Cup extra preliminary round Stansted are an unknown quantity — despite both sides playing in the Essex Senior League.
Over the summer, the Airportmen underwent plenty of change, with Mark Ashford stepping down as manager and replaced by Paul Pittuck.
Stansted assistant manager Michael Walther also left in the off-season to take on the top job at Redbridge’s local rivals Barkingside.
With a new management team on board, it means Stansted are likely to be looking at a different style of play this season.
And Eaton says that means it will be hard to know what to expect from divisional rivals the Airportmen in the FA Cup this weekend.
“I’m not sure I know too much about Stansted either as opposed to playing a team from another league!” said Eaton.
“Because they are in the same league as us, though, you kind of know what you’re up against.
“I know a few of their players, so that will help as it means we have some knowledge of what to expect.
“It would be harder if we were playing against a team we knew nothing about, so at least we have some knowledge to work with.”
If Redbridge are to progress in the cup, they will be looking to striker Calvin Poku to continue his goalscoring form.
Having netted in every pre-season game for the Motormen, the forward has also struck in both of their league games so far:
Poku netted in a 2-1 win over Tower Hamlets on Saturday and against Sawbridgeworth Town in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, and Eaton is pleased with his early displays.
“Calvin is doing well so far, he’s a confident player who has started the season in good form,” he added.
“We know if we can keep it tight at the back this season, then with player likes Calvin up top we can get a goal.”
Both league games so far have seen Redbridge concede the first goal, and while Eaton is not overly concerned currently, he knows it is a trend that cannot afford to occur to much longer.
“It’s not a worry yet because we’ve only played two games so far, but at some point we’re going to go behind and not be able to come back to take something,” he said.