Essex Senior League: Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton expects a tough test against local rivals Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 17:30 18 October 2016

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

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

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Motorment joint-boss believes derby with Side will be a good encounter

Joint-manager Ricky Eaton expects his Redbridge squad to be given a tough workout by local rivals Barkingside in the Essex Senior League tonight.

The clash between the Motormen and Side, who used to play at Redbridge’s Oakside Stadium, is the second of the season with Gursel Gulfer’s men having won the previous meeting 1-0 in August.

But with Barkingside having been in patchy form recently — winning two, losing two and drawing two of their last six in the league — there is a good chance for Redbridge to get one over their rivals.

Eaton, however, is not overly concerned with that prospect and is instead keen on Redbridge just getting a crucial win.

“Revenge is a big word, but it was a tight game earlier in the season and we could have drawn it,” said Eaton.

“Barkingside have had some wins, losses and draws recently, but their points tally for the season is good and shows they’ve had more ups than downs.

“I know Gus quite well and know he will make sure his team work hard.

“Even on an off day, they will work hard so it will be a tough game for both sides.”

Redbridge head into the match off the back of a 2-2 draw in the league with FC Romania on Saturday, when a Jay Knight equaliser in the 90th minute secured a share of the spoils for the Motormen.

“The point against Romania was a good result for us because they were the better side on the day,” added Eaton.

“They created lots of chances, but we dug deep and got a point that I don’t think we deserved!

“We had a bit of an off-day where lots of players under-performed, but we fought to the last and got the reward for our resilience.”

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