Essex Senior League: Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton urges squad to make the most of starting at home

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 July 2017

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 host Tower Hamlets on Saturday and entertain Sawbridgeworth Town on August 1

Joint-manager Ricky Eaton knows the Essex Senior League fixture list has given Redbridge a perfect opportunity to start the new season strongly.

The Motormen tackle Tower Hamlets this Saturday on the opening day of the new term, before facing Sawbridgeworth Town on August 1, with both matches at their Oakside Stadium home.

While they are expected to be tough encounters, playing both at home should give Redbridge a boost.

And Eaton is keen for the Motormen to make the most of opening the season in front of their own fans by powering to a good start in the league.

“To start the new season with two home games in four days gives us a chance to start strongly,” he said.

“It’s tough to gauge what to expect from Tower Hamlets as everyone always gives that extra 10-20 per cent in the opening game and it’s hard to know how Tower Hamlets will fare this season.

“Sawbridgeworth are a team we expect to challenge near the top of the table this year, they did well last year and will want to do even better.

“They are a good team with good players and a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes at Sawbridgeworth over the summer.”

There has been plenty of change at Redbridge over the summer, with Dave Ross departing as joint-manager, being replaced by former Hornchurch midfielder Joey May in the role.

The playing squad has also undergone a transformation, with the likes of Sipho Mtyanda, Calvin Poku, Malaki Toussaint and Abs Thompson among those to join.

All have played their part in pre-season, and with the friendlies now over, Eaton cannot wait for the new-look Motormen to get the new term underway.

“We’re all looking forward to getting going again and in a way it’s good we’re getting back to it early,” he added.

“We’ve had a good pre-season, so now it is about finding the right balance in the team for the season.

“We are still undecided about what our starting XI will be, but that is full credit to the players we have as they have all been impressive in pre-season.”

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