Essex Senior League: Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton says derby with Ilford is no more important than any other match

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 September 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 boss says club treat all games with equal weighting ahead of hosting Foxes

Redbridge entertain Ilford in an Essex Senior League derby tonight (Tuesday), but joint-manager Ricky Eaton says that does not make the match any more important than any other game.

The Motormen have been struggling for form in the early part of the season following relegation from the Ryman North last year, with just two wins from their first eight games.

However, a 5-4 win over divisional rivals Eton Manor in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday has boosted the mood at Oakside Stadium.

Eaton is keen for Redbridge to record successive wins for the first time this season against the Foxes tonight, but says just because it is a game between two local rivals does not increase its standing over other matches.

“It’s a derby match, but it’s no more important than any other game we will face this season,” he said.

“Ilford will be up there near the top of the table at the end of the season, but we are now starting to find our feet.

“We’re pleased with the squad we have now going forward, and hopefully there is another win to come tomorrow night.”

The Motormen were taken to extra-time by Manor on Saturday, with Reside Coxi-Sebastfao netting a winner in the final minute of the match the secure safe passage to the next round for Eaton’s men.

The joint-boss admits there will be some tired players in the squad for the match against Ilford tonight as a result, but is confident there is enough depth for Redbridge to cope.

“It was an end-to-end game, so there was a lot of energy expended and the lads were a little heavy legged afterwards,” he added.

“Ilford were also taken to extra-time in their game (the Foxes beat Harpenden Town 3-1), so it is a bit of a leveller.

“There will be no complaints from us about the quick turnaround in matches.”

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