Essex Senior League: Redbridge know it will be tough at Clapton, says joint-manager Ricky Eaton
PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 April 2018
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The leaders travel to the Old Spotted Dog this evening expecting a tricky encounter against one of the best teams in the division
Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton is expecting a tough match with local rivals Clapton in the Essex Senior League tonight.
The Motormen are set to take on the Tons at the Old Spotted Dog assuming the pitch is playable after the heavy rain over the Easter period.
Clapton were able to play at home on Saturday, but lost 3-0 to Sawbridgeworth Town and yet Eaton isn’t reading too much into that result and knows Jonny Fowell has put together a strong group of players.
“Over the last couple of years Clapton have done really well and last season they finished second, so Jon has got a really good side there now,” said the Redbridge boss.
“They’ve been in the top six all season more or less and if they had managed to keep hold of a couple of the players that left them after last season, I think they’d be even higher and right in the title mix, so they’re not to be over looked.”
Eaton continued: “They’re a real decent side on their day and they went 1-0 up at Oakside against us (on November 14), but we were fortunate enough to come back and win 2-1, so we’ve got a tough game on our hands.”
Although Clapton played on Saturday, Redbridge did not as their eagerly anticipated clash at Basildon United was off due to a waterlogged pitch.
The leaders were looking forward to the match and were keen to increase their points advantage over the Bees, but the weather had other ideas.
“It’s a little bit frustrating because we’re in good form and playing well at the minute, so we wanted to keep that run going,” said Eaton.
“The weather has been atrocious so although I’m frustrated, it was to be expected and there is nothing clubs can really do about these weather conditions.”
Redbridge will hope for better this evening though and Joey May and Eaton know all about the quality in the Clapton squad.
Despite that, they will look to concentrate on their own game at the Old Spotted Dog rather than focus too much on Fowell’s men.
Eaton added: “I’ve been saying it all season - we’ll worry about ourselves. I do look at opposition squads and Clapton got at least three or four that can play at a much higher level.
“They have some real good talent, so we have to be wary about what they can do to us and we have to try to be as focused as we can and hopefully we can continue our good form.”
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